Fabulous 15 Minute Organizing Fixes: a blog series from simplify 101

Welcome back to our second installment of Fabulous 15 Minute Organizing Fixes. Did you pull together your organizing toolkit? If not…there’s still time because this week’s project is another “get ready” organizing fix. This week’s mini project is to create a container station.

“What is a container station?” you ask. Well, a container station is simply a spot in your home where you collect together containers that are available for your organizing projects.

Organize containers in a central location to make organizing projects even simpler

This can include containers you purchased for past organizing projects that were extra or didn’t quite work out…but you knew you could put them to use elsewhere. If you’ve been doing some decluttering lately, then maybe you’ve emptied some baskets, bins or buckets. These would be great additions to your container station. Or, maybe you have a collection of dipping bowls in your kitchen cupboards, but you prefer to use butter on your bread instead of olive oil. These, too, would make great additions to your container station. (Small bowls, by the way, are one of my favorite containers, coming in a close second after buckets. Okay…maybe third after buckets and ITSO bins.) Which leads me to buckets…if you have any metal pails, buckets or bins that aren’t being used these, too, are perfect additions to your container station.

container station

Here’s a quick list of empty containers to search for in your home…

  • Buckets
  • Baskets
  • Bins
  • Bowls
  • Boxes (wooden or paperboard)
  • (Why do all the good containers start with the letter b?)
  • Crates
  • Glass storage jars
  • Extra food storage containers
  • Empty packages such as tissue boxes, jars, cans, yogurt cups, etc.
  • Flower pots (Ooh…I just remembered my beloved white IKEA flower pots…I think small bowls have moved into fourth position.)
  • Mugs, cups and glasses
  • Muffin tins
  • Trays

Now…certainly you don’t have to collect all of these items. In fact please don’t. And please don’t go out and buy a thing. Instead, simply open your kitchen cupboards or look on the shelves in your garage, basement and elsewhere in your home to see what you already have. What can you repurpose or pull aside to create a container station? While you’re out in your storage area, see if you can clear a small area of shelf to serve as you container station. Or if that turns this into a bigger than fifteen minute project, then, simply corral what you do have into an empty bin, creating a container station within a container. (You’re so clever!) You can build up your container station as you go. It doesn’t have to be finished today or even tomorrow. Today, just see how many containers you can gather together in fifteen minutes. When you do, your next organizing projects will be that much easier! (And possibly less expensive, too! You might be surprised at the containers you discover in your home.)

Okay…what did I miss on my container list? What is your favorite type of container to use while organizing? Thanks for sharing!


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Aby Garvey is a creative organizing expert and simplify 101’s founder. She has created 14 online organizing classes, which she has been teaching since 2007, helping thousands of people around the world get organized. Aby loves to help people create positive change in their lives through her online classes and organizing eBooks.