Remember that very proud post I wrote about how I set out to organize my junky cabinet? Here’s what it looks like now:
What I did was clearly NOT working for us. Things were in the wrong spot, some of the bins were too shallow and they kept falling everywhere, my daughter surely learned more swear words….etc.
In short, it needed a new plan.
The major failing of this system I think was that there were too many bins, some of which weren’t accessible unless you moved other bins out of the way. Plus, like I mentioned, some were way too shallow for the what that bin’s purpose was.
What I decided to do was try and categorize everything into 6 equal sized bins (2 per shelf) that would (hopefully) perfectly fit each side of the kitchen cabinet. After some measuring, I figured the bins had to be about 9x9x9 inches. Normally I’d empty everything out first and try and figure out how many bins I needed but in this case, 6 was the most I could do that I thought could still make the cabinet functional.
At 9x9x9 they’d be deep enough for each category and there would be no need to rummage for a bin in the back. So I went to my favourite resource (the dollar store!) and found these locker-style bins, in my kitchen accent colour, red!
Then I took everything out! There was still SO.MUCH.STUFF even though I had done a purge a few months ago!
The 6 categories I went with were:
- Small Tools/Manuals
- Money (This is for spare change, cheques, etc)
- Craft Supplies
- Sewing Supplies
After sorting and purging, I labelled! (You know this is my favourite part). I created some labels in Excel and attached them to each bin using contact paper:
I put everything in the appropriate bin, threw them back into the cabinet and bam! It was organized again!
Now the $1,000,000 dollar question is, will the system be the one to work for us? I’ll report back in a few months and update you!