Catch-all bins are a wonderful way to organize. They can be used to gather small items together. Keep odd-shaped items from falling off shelves. And, keep like items in one place. Here are how to use catch-all bins in organizing.
What types of catch-all bins are available?
Bins can be made of any material and any style you like. I have had several bins over the years and all of them fall in one of these categories.
Wicker - Great for items that are not too heavy. They are usually more decorative and can break easily.
Plastic - Great for items that are heavy. They can easily be cleaned and can handle a lot of wear and tear.
Fabric - Great for items that are light. They can be used for clothing and can hide items.
Where to use catch-all bins?
They can be used in any room in the house, office, or car. Here are examples of areas you can place them.
Entryways and Mudrooms: The bins in this area can be used for shoes, gloves, hats, etc... basically anything will be left in this area when people enter the home.
Craft / Hobby room: These bins can be used for paper, cutters, and any craft related product.
Hall and Bedroom Closets: Use your creativity with this one. We use a wicker bin for my husband baseball caps and I have exercise pants in another bin. We also have cloth bins in the foyer closet to hold out of season clothing, like hats, gloves, and scarves.
Stairs: This really helps when you have a multi-level house. These are my bins that fit great on the steps and hold items that need to go upstairs. At the end of the day, I walk around the living room and grab any items that were not put away and need to go upstairs. I place them in the respective bin and when the other family members need something, they know to look there. This way, I am not hunting stuff down in our home.
To add a little splash of color to the steps, change out these bins to match the holidays. I have bins for Halloween which are black and white. My Christmas bins are red and green. And my Easter bins are below.
Garage: When storing stuff in the garage, I recommend plastic because it can easily clean up. It also can hold the weight of items in the garage.
Car Trunk: In this area, you can store things like reusable grocery bags, a mini first aid kit, and water. Check out the what to keep in your car post with the complete list.
Family Room, Living Room, Playroom: Toys work great in these bins, especially toys that have lots of smaller pieces like, Lego pieces, and games, etc... Other things that you can store in catch-all bins are video games and controllers.
What tips do I need to know when using catch-all bins?
- Purge items you don't need before placing them in a catch-all bin.
- Group like items in one bin. Try to limit the size of your catch-all bin to an easy to carry size. That way if you need to move it, you won't injury yourself.
- Make a vow that if the bin gets too full, you will go through it and get rid of stuff. Remember: The "one in and one out" rule.
- Label each bin the appropriate group name. I like to write each group name on a piece of paper before I go to the store so I know exactly which bin I need to buy.
- Measure the pile's length, height, and width to determine the size bin you need.
- Check out the discount stores and dollars stores for more affordable bins.
Well, that's it for now. I hope this helps you decide on what catch-all bins you plan on using for your home, office and car.
Let's continue the conversation. Do you use catch-all bins in your home? What type do you use? Do you have any tips on how you use them? Please comment below.
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