Getting organized can seem like a daunting task to individuals with little time on their hands. Most people are very busy with jobs and home life, and extra time is hard to come by. Organizing your things may not be a priority to you. It definitely wasn’t for me until recently. I work two jobs and my wife and kids occupy almost all of my free time, not to mention my many hobbies. I just didn’t have time to deal with the closets full of junk and the basement and garage full of clutter. I decided to get organized because I was tired of being frustrated by the constant messes day after day. There is something to be said of stress levels and frustration that are associated with a cluttered home, and well, a cluttered life.
Constant Battle With Clutter
Before I decided to get organized, I had gear strewn all throughout my house. Every closet had random items. My basement and garage were littered with gear. My wife finally told me one day, “If you don’t clean up this junk and organize it, I’m gonna start chucking it.” Now, before anyone judges her for wanting to throw away my ‘treasured gear’ (not junk), I will say it was pretty scattered. I had fishing equipment in the guest bedroom closet, as well as random camping gear. I needed to get organized, and fast.
I did an online search for ‘gear organization’ and got some ideas for arranging my gear. I found different shelving ideas for garages and storage rooms. Some had shelving suspended from above the garage door, which I might explore more in the future. I found a lot of different storage choices, like shelving and storage bins. I thought that shelving in my garage would go a long way to organize my tools and other items out there. I found some heavy duty large plastic storage boxes that I thought would be perfect for organizing all my gear in my home. Let’s start with the plastic storage bins.
Organization With Plastic Storage Boxes
Plastic storage bins have a few characteristics that make them an ideal choice for organizing and categorizing your things. They
- are stackable
- have removable lids
- have sturdy plastic construction
- come in many sizes and shapes
- come in different color options
The fact that these plastic storage boxes are stackable makes them a great space saver. Shelving units can be utilized to stack heavy duty plastic storage bins at higher levels, and the sturdy construction prevents collapse even under heavy weights. Plastic storage bins with lids are useful, in that the lids are usually removable. This allows greater access to the box, as well as an additional space saver (the extra storage boxes can be stacked within each other).
These bins can be found in many shapes and sizes. Large plastic storage bins are nice, because they allow over-sized and bulky items to be stored neatly out of the way. Smaller boxes are convenient when taking advantage of smaller storage areas. These bins also come in many colors. Different colors allow you to organize your belongings into different categories. These categories can be color coded to save time when locating a specific item. Clear plastic storage bins allow you to see what has been stored inside, also reducing time when looking for something. This also reduces clutter, allowing you to locate the exact box with the item without pulling out multiple boxes.
Color Coded Plastic Storage Bins
I started at Home Depot. They have several different plastic storage boxes with lids to choose from. I went with a few clear plastic storage boxes, so I could see some of the gear that was inside. I ended up getting different colors, which would help me organize my gear as follows:
- Clear – Smaller random survival items (extra fire starters, flares, knives, etc.)
- Red – First aid kits and extra supplies
- Green – Survival kits and camo (bug out bags, spare car kits)
- Black – Tactical gear (tactical vests, MOLLE pouches, and knives)
- White – Camping and outdoor gear
While the colors separate gear out by category, each plastic storage bin is labeled with its contents. I went with the same brand so that they could all be stacked well in my garage. Make sure to distribute the weight evenly throughout the boxes, or getting to a box closer to the ground could be difficult. The boxes I purchased were a good deal. Cheap plastic boxes can be found at Wal-mart, K-mart, ShopKo, Lowes and Home Depot. Shop around and find the best price and size to suit your gear organization needs.
Get Organized Today!
The benefits of organizing your homes are worth the time spent. What I have seen since storing all of our things in these plastic storage bins has be a huge reduction in household clutter. When messes do happen, it is really easy to just throw everything back in its bin and stow the bin away. The time we have saved since bringing order to our home has allowed us to spend more time doing what we love to do, with those that we love to spend time with. Being able to come home from work to a clean, organized house sure beats coming home to a cluttered house any day! If you find yourself in a never ending battle with household clutter, do some research on the different options out there, and try some out today!
Hopefully, these tips will help you to organize your lives. What have you done to de-clutter your home? What storage options do you like? What tips do you have? Please add your comments and answers to these questions below. Thanks!