Works For Me: Containers, Containers

Wfmwheader I love the blog I’m An Organizing Junkie.  Laura writes with grace and practicality about the tricky issue of organization, and I always leave her blog feeling encouraged, not guilty.  I highly recommend her blog for your list of everyday reads.

The best thing I’ve learned from observing Laura is how helpful it is to have a stash of various-sized containers on hand when an organizing challenge arises.  Previously, when I was cleaning out a drawer or a closet (you know, every TEN YEARS or so), I’d find myself running to the store mid-project for the necessary containers.  It made organizing projects that much more overwhelming.

But now I’ve started buying interesting-looking containers when I find them on sale (dollar stores are perfect for this), and I keep a stash of them in my garage.  I find that I’m much more likely to tackle organization projects when I know I most likely have the containers on hand.  It’s a little thing, but it’s been a big help.

Have a clever idea you’d like to share?  Blog about it at your place and leave a link below.  WFMW guidelines can be found here.

1. An Iowa Mom
2. Smockity Frocks (Chopping Onions)
3. Neighbor Jane (church toy)
4. An Iowa Mom (Vomiting Children)
5. Wooden Porch (coverup belly fat)
6. OW (bargain shopping tips)
7. Org Junkie
8. Barbara H. (A devotional exercise)
9. Beth F. (cleaning schedule)
10. Tammy\’s Recipes (night time potty training)
11. I Corinthians 10:31 (resourceful weight-loss site)
12. Owlhaven (playdough taming)
13. KD (Keep Your Clothes On)
14. Joyful Days
15. An Ordinary Mom (canker sores)
16. Ogle 4 (walking)
17. sa5ra (summer clothes)
18. oh amanda (beauty products)
19. Michelle at Scribbit (summer crafts for kids)
20. Merchant Ships (local guides)
21. Our Side (baby carrying)
22. The Pumkin Patch(buying in bulk)
23. Kelly (warm baby bath wash)
24. Cherish The Home (Perfume For Summer)
25. Totallyscrappy (teacher gifts)
26. Ami (no more set stains)
27. Carla (baseball dugout)
28. Robin (sewing tools at hand)
29. Song Of The Sagebrush (Yummy Iced Coffee)
30. Jessica (iced tea)
31. Amy Jane (Freezing milk)
32. Joo (Tacos made easy)
33. It Coulda Been Worse (Taco Seasoning)
34. Sam(antha) (2 Pens for Church)
35. Kel (Boredom busters for kids)
36. Pastormac\’s Ann (helping pass the time)
37. ThoughtfulMom (feeding station)
38. Jenny (washing soda)
39. Lori – Queen of Dirty Laundry (Fixing Myself)
40. A Juggling Mum (Shower Timer)
41. Stuck in North Idaho
42. Marcia (preventing flu)
43. madridmom (taming the sock monster)
44. Liza\’s Eyeview (Support Groups)
45. Cat (spending money for kids)
46. Toni (too many hair clips)
47. a suburban housewife (library laundry basket)
48. Jaime (30 day menus)
49. Just in case (Free Movies – In the Theatre)!
50. Katrina (blind cord safety)
51. Elizabeth (recycling paper)
52. Stephanie (kid clothes)
53. JanB (Circle cleaning)
54. Heather (Computer post-its)
55. Multitasking Mama (table by the door)
56. Mom in Action (Free 411)
57. EverydayMommy (Google Reader)
58. Katiebod (practical/useful gift idea)
59. Kathy (running)
60. Jessica (How I saved money at Target)
61. Jennifer (quick pick up)
62. Lorie(The Library)
63. Jen (TIP TO SAVE $)
64. Elizabeth (Cleaning Smooth-Top Stove)
65. Weary Parent (finders fee)
66. Amblin (avoiding library fines)
67. Amy (Healthy, Yummy Pancakes)
68. Girl Gone Wild (
69. Girl Gone Wild (Remedy for Hiccups)
70. Mrs. A ( Kitchen Utensil Holder)
71. tonsofsons
72. Candace (engorgement)
73. Michelle (Freezer Jams and Labeling)
74. jen (preserving fruit)
75. Jen Smith
76. Lynnae (Laundry System)
77. Devildogwife (strawberry picking)
78. Janel (warm toes & cheap dresses)
79. Mama Says
80. jen (easy kids\’ summer scrapbook)
81. MC Milker – 4 Hour Expedition
82. Mandy (moving/packing tip)
83. So Many Joys (Wish List for Kids)
84. Sarah (Burning Extra Toddler Energy)
85. Lana G! (Toothpicks!)
86. Karen L (clean gardening)
87. Kim ( * can YOU make salad? * )
88. J. Fergie (Cupcake Baking Trick)
89. Crystal @ Biblical Womanhood (homemaking during difficult seasons)
90. Amy
91. Coralie (Edible Bowls)
92. Darcy (Washing Down Comforters)
93. Amy (org. measuring cups)
94. Amy (drawer organizer)
95. Many Little Blessings (Pantry Organizing)
96. Kali (Organized in Baskets)
97. Mrs. Pear (Best Errand Running Day)
98. Jennifer daytime sleeper)
99. Jennifer (small house survival-corrected)
100. Heather(easy dinner rolls!)
101. GiBee (fixing paper-bound cookbooks)
102. Amber (saying NO to kids)
103. Carrie (prayer jar)
104. SeaBird (Father\’s Day Polo Giveaway)
105. Eden (FREE Magazine)
106. JensRambles (laundry tips)
107. The Estrogen Files (Simple Home Remedies)
108. Elena (home ready for nail fungus
109. Just In Case :(Free Movies in Theatre Correct link)
110. The Cheerio Queen (no more scratched, broken , or unorganized dvds)
111. GP in Montana(sweet impressions)
112. Karen (reading routine)
113. MommaBlogger (Challah)
114. Christine (WFMW: 20 cent STYLISH greeting cards)
115. Karen\’s Korner (“Beautifying” Idea)
116. Land O\’ Sunshine (taco night)
117. Monkey Kisses (Kitchen Organizer)
118. Gone Coastal
119. My Twenty Cents Keeps Moving(potty training)
120. Melissa (how not to clean on Saturday\’s!)
121. Amy W (travel and pillow)
122. Jen (Travel Tips with Little Ones)
123. MrsB (making bathtime easy)
124. Kathy (Kids Help Out, PLEASE)
125. Shauna (summer reading lists)
126. Liz (Keeping Birthdays Simple)
127. Ranee @ Arabian Knits (Teaching Generosity to Children)
128. His Girl (Garden Record Keeping)
129. Jordan @ MamaBlogga (Finding fun websites)
130. Carrie J ( Useful Flickr Toys)
131. Tiffany (Bible study help)
132. Christine~A Quick tip for a sheer tint
133. MrsLady (Write Your Congressman!)
134. Melissa (No More Overdraft Fees!)
135. Ellen B.(Get your praise on!)
136. Emily (day planner)
137. Kara (pay bills online)
138. Amy (grocery list management)
139. Dawn (My Timer)
140. Embracing the Journey (my solution to “treasures”)
141. ABC (Sturdy Plastic Bags)
142. Ann Kroeker (buying locally)
143. Kim – Table Toppers for eating out and messy crafts
144. Bo-taitai (candles)
145. Allison
146. Dana (Removing Hairspray)
147. Amanda Stephens
148. Amanda (Menu Planning)
149. MemeGRL (kid safety)
150. MrsX (Chocolove)
151. Lisa (stocking the freezer)

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48 thoughts on “Works For Me: Containers, Containers

  1. Laura says:

    I love it Shannon….this is music to my ears!! You are so sweet. Oh how I’d love to see your container for your containers…he he…come on I know you have one!
    Laura

  2. oh amanda says:

    My favorite containers are ziploc bags! I could organize my whole house in them!
    I’m doing my 2nd WFMW today! 😉

  3. Michelle says:

    Sounds like I’ll be adding another blog to my lengthy list of feeds . . . thanks for the tip, I love finding new blogs to love.

  4. Carla says:

    I had containers on the brain too! LOL I have so many plastic storage containers, and fabric ones, and…I just like to be organized.

  5. Lori - Queen of Dirty Laundry says:

    You know, I really need to start doing this. I tend to see nice containers, wonder what I could use them for, buy just enough, and then wish later on I had more.
    I just need to start buying all those suckers and worry about what to do with ’em later, right?
    Thanks for the d’oh! moment.

  6. Toni says:

    Up for another reason, I stumbled in to the computer at 5am to post today. Some part of me thought perhaps I’ll be first BUT NO! I am 46th!! Who are you crazy people in the top 5! Do you get up at 3am or what? Because if that is the case, I want no part of it I tell you… noooo, part of it! 🙂
    Respectfully yours,
    A participant usually from the 100 range
    P.S. I love containers too and find them in odd sorts of places (here’s my last great find – http://thissimplelife.net/blog/2007/01/27/photo-hunters-theme-silver) Thanks for hosting this each week. I always learn so much.

  7. floorplan says:

    Shannon, just had to laugh at the juxtaposition of 2 WFMW entries this morning:
    “Vomiting Children” next to “Cover-up Belly Fat”
    Only a mom could love that one : )

  8. Jennifer says:

    I’m going to print out a copy of your post from today and tape it on the wall above the dresser in the hallway which is piled high with containers in preparation for our upcoming *playroom overhaul*. 🙂 Thanks for hosting…this is my first WFMW and it’s been fun!

  9. Char :: Weary Parent says:

    This is my first WFMW – I came here via Laura’s site. I love containers too – just need to use them more.
    My WFMW post has to do with a finder’s fee for lost electronics in our house.

  10. Amblin says:

    Great tip! I love organizing ideas…because I’m not a naturally organized person and I need all the help I can get.
    Ironically, my WFMW tip today involved avoiding library fines by using a container idea! Too funny!

  11. Carrie says:

    I love containers, too–bins, baskets and buckets!
    I get so many great ideas from your site and this weekly feature–thanks!

  12. JensRambles says:

    This is my first WFMW post. I hope to participate every week! These are very fun and very VERY helpful!
    I’m beginning my container freakishness already! I love them! LOL

  13. Susanne says:

    I’m going to have to start picking them up too. That way price wise it’s so much easier to pick one up here and there rather than having to buy a whole bunch at once.

  14. Ginger says:

    I am not so much an organizer junkie as a container junkie. I buy them with no clear expectation of their purpose. We used to have this store in Bham called “Organized Living”. It was like Heaven. Sadly, it went away.

  15. Emily says:

    I like Laura’s site, too. Although I don’t think I’d do well buying containers that I didn’t need RIGHT THEN – they’d overrun the house! I guess when you don’t have much storage space (i.e. no garage!) you have to plan a little differently.

  16. bee says:

    I really don’t have anything useful to contribute, but if there’s one thing I like more than things, it’s things to put my things in!
    It’s a sickness, really!

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