Have you guys ever stumbled upon Jen's blog IHeart Organizing? Well, um, let me tell you- I heart it! It is an organizer's dream blog! Jen is what I would call an extreme organizer, and her blog is chock full of great organization tips and ideas. One my favorite parts of Jen's blog and her ideas is that she bring beauty to the world of organization, which is an area in which I am trying to improve. I think, basically, she is my organizing hero. Call it a crush, if you want. I won't disagree.
I am a faithful reader of her blog, and she inspires me almost daily to try to improve upon my systems of organization. So, recently I decided that my basement storage shelves needed some help. Desperately. I'm almost embarrassed to show you this picture, as it's pretty bad. But, here is what I was living with: a messy shelving area with stuff just thrown onto the shelves.
And now, the space looks like this:
My main partner in crime for this makeover was a bunch of clear plastic lidded bins. I picked up a bunch from Ikea, and the shoebox sized ones were from the Dollar Store. I think they all ranged in price from a buck to maybe 3 bucks. And, once I had those, it was really just a matter of grouping like items.
And, usually when I grab the drill bin, I grab this one, too. Because this is where all of the hardware and picture hanging supplies live.
So, now when I go to the basement for a tool or some paint, I am welcomed by tidy, organized shelves where I can easily find what I need. Does it get any better?
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