Jacki has written about her favorite organizing tools, and Dave has written about his favorite multitasking, utilitarian tool. So I thought I’d chime in and share some of my favorite tools — the ones I find myself recommending continually. The following list skips things like scanners and shredders and focuses on containers.
Handled baskets. Yes, I know that not everyone likes plastic. I often choose to avoid it, too. However, I’ve found these specific baskets come in extremely handy in many situations. The handles make them easy to pull off a shelf, especially one that’s a bit overhead. I’ve used these baskets in kitchens and pantries, in closets where toiletries are being kept, and in garage cabinets. The sides are higher than on many other such baskets, and they are pretty sturdy. They come in both white and clear.
Photo boxes. While many of our photos are digital now, you may still have photos from your pre-digital days that need to be stored carefully, especially if there are no plans to have them scanned. When it comes to storing precious photos, I want to keep them in a container that has passed the Photographic Activity Test, so I know that the photos are well protected. For those who don’t want to fuss with creating photo albums, or who don’t have the space that photo albums require, these photo boxes can work well. They hold up to 1,700 photos that are 4″x6″ or smaller. The envelopes allow you to divide the photos into categories.
Excess coffee mugs. Almost everyone has more coffee mugs than needed for drinking coffee. But these coffee mugs make great desktop pencil cups, and they also work nicely to hold toothpaste and toothbrushes in the bathroom. The mug above is the pencil cup in my own home office.
Anything that makes you happy. Storage containers come in all shapes, sizes, colors, materials, and prices — there’s something for everyone. You can use conventional storage pieces or choose something as unusual as the frog in my office, which is meant to be a planter but works fine as a combination trip memento, piece of art, and storage piece for various electronics.