Every year when the seasons change, I make my "I'm-going-to-be-even-more-organized-this-time" vows. As I put away the last season's clothes and accessories and bring out the new stuff, I keep trying to refine my system and try a few new things. With Spring (hopefully) right around the corner, I'll be doing the big winter to spring switch in these next few weeks. Gone will be the snow boots, scarves, and out will come the spring jackets, outdoor toys and sports equipment.
My current system utilizes tons of those plastic storage bins. I pack up all the stuff we're going to put away till next year, label the bin and put it up in the attic. Then I take down the bins I'd stored away last year and pull out all the spring and summer items we'll be needing. Overall, it's been pretty effective but there's always room for improvement.
This year, I'm going to be adding a new variation to some of my storage bins. Check out these new Rubbermaid® All AccessTM storage containers .
So smart, don't you think? It's a plastic storage container just like the ones I've been using, but it has a clear drop down door on the side for easy access to the contents. There's a variety of colors and sizes, so I plan to pick up a few of them so we're even more organized and efficient. I'm thinking I'll get a couple to store all of our boots, gloves, hats and other winter accessories in. I'll still be able to put them up in the attic for the spring and summer months, but next fall I can just take down the whole container and put it right on the shelf in our hall closet. We'll be able to just pull open the drop down door and get the things we need ~ it totally eliminates the whole step of emptying out the bin and putting it in another container for easy access.
I'm thinking these would be perfect for the kids' sports' stuff too. Right now, I really don't have a good storage solution for their soccer balls, shin guards, basketballs, baseball gloves, cleats and all the other athletic paraphernalia. If I get a few more of these containers, I can stack them in the closet in my son's room during the sports' season, and move the whole bin up to the attic if we need more space during the off-season.
You can find these clever new storage containers at Walmart stores throughout the county ( and in my newly organized closets in the next few weeks! )