Virtually everything we buy—from food to hardware to toys—comes in some kind of container. If you find your space is a hodgepodge of mismatched boxes, bins and bags, recontaining can help you maximize storage space, increase accessibility, decrease waste and enhance aesthetics.
Professional Organizer Kelly Pratt shares her ideas on recontaining products.
Keep in mind that not everything needs to be recontained! If the container an item comes in is adequate for the storage purpose and area, there’s no need to spend additional time and money. If your containing is giving you fits, however, use one of the following guidelines to see which issue you may need to address.
Maximize Storage Space
Many containers can be odd shapes or over-sized for their contents. By standardizing containers or reducing container size, you may be able to find additional storage space. Two of the best places to recontain in order to maximize your space are the pantry and garage. Remember that if you choose to recontain so you can stack, stack no higher than two items high so you’re not constantly juggling containers.
Increase Accessibility and Decrease Waste
Increasing accessibility and decreasing waste are two benefits that come in tandem. If you find that certain areas of your house are crowded with bulky, awkward or opaque containers that hide each other or that you have deep shelving, recontaining can improve your access to what you need, which not only will decrease frustration but will also help you decrease waste.
Recontaining may have some initial cost, but you will save money in the long-run by reducing waste. Original containers, particularly for long-term use items like small hardware items, toys, craft items and first aid items, can fall apart before the item is used. Recontaining these types of items in sturdier containers will help you reduce the chances that items will get scattered, lost or ruined.
Recontaining has not only practical benefit but aesthetic benefit as well. If you find that your closets and drawers are a hodgepodge of different containers, recontaining items will allow you to use consistent containers. Using consistent containers, which means using no more than 2 or 3 different types of containers per area, makes your space look more cohesive and aesthetically pleasing.
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