>>  Requested topic  When you first sit down to start organizing there are a few things to keep in mind:  1>>  Don't buy before you know what you are storing and where you are storing it.  You may want to go out and buy a bunch of fancy containers before you even know what you have to organize. You may think if you have cool bins or pretty boxes they will inspire you to get going. But in reality, it's best to do all of the purging and organizing up front. Then by the time you are done, maybe you'll realize you need a totally different system than you once thought. This could also save you money in not over buying what you don't need.      

  
     
    
       
        
           
                
           
        

        

       
    
     
  


     

  
     
    
       
        
           
                
           
        

        

       
    
     
  


     2>>  Labels.  You do need a way to make a label. Labels can be handwritten, typed and printed on the computer or made with a label maker. Whatever you like best will work. If you write out or print out your labels with standard paper, consider laminating them so they don't rip, fade or buckle. My DIY laminating is to cover the label with a few rows of packing tape for larger labels. Scotch tape works well for smaller labels. It might seem over the top to label things, but keep in mind if you label things it can also help other people you live with keep things more organized – saving you time and energy.      

  
     
    
       
        
           
                
           
        

        

       
    
     
  


     With labels it is important to be as specific as possible. Notice the seasonal coats title, but then listing the exact contents so you know what you are getting before you even open the container.  3>>  Garbage bags or sorting bins.  These will come in handy when you are sorting and bagging things to take to charity or the garbage – nothing fancy needed (laundry baskets work great).

>> Requested topic When you first sit down to start organizing there are a few things to keep in mind:

1>> Don't buy before you know what you are storing and where you are storing it. You may want to go out and buy a bunch of fancy containers before you even know what you have to organize. You may think if you have cool bins or pretty boxes they will inspire you to get going. But in reality, it's best to do all of the purging and organizing up front. Then by the time you are done, maybe you'll realize you need a totally different system than you once thought. This could also save you money in not over buying what you don't need.

2>> Labels. You do need a way to make a label. Labels can be handwritten, typed and printed on the computer or made with a label maker. Whatever you like best will work. If you write out or print out your labels with standard paper, consider laminating them so they don't rip, fade or buckle. My DIY laminating is to cover the label with a few rows of packing tape for larger labels. Scotch tape works well for smaller labels. It might seem over the top to label things, but keep in mind if you label things it can also help other people you live with keep things more organized – saving you time and energy.

With labels it is important to be as specific as possible. Notice the seasonal coats title, but then listing the exact contents so you know what you are getting before you even open the container.

3>> Garbage bags or sorting bins. These will come in handy when you are sorting and bagging things to take to charity or the garbage – nothing fancy needed (laundry baskets work great).

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