These days, I’m a stickler for organizing things because I realized that I have probably spent half my life misplacing things and looking for them. Okay, not really half, but you know what I mean. What I’ve found lately is that there are a lot more creative solutions out there, and they are not what is necessary touted in the latest magazines.
Take my sewing box for instance. I am not into the gingham, Victorian, or country home wicker style look. I live in a loft in the city, not on the coast of Maine. And for the most part, sewing boxes that are sold in craft stores or online are just screaming, “Hi, I’m a grandma!” I needed something that had a lot of compartments and space, but looked slick. Here’s where Sephora comes in. I remembered the big displays of those makeup train cases. Something I had always wanted but I never had near enough makeup to fill up a case. I decided to get one of the Midnight Train Cases ($90) to see if it would work as a sewing case. (Get a silver one if you’re feeling especially James Bond.) I liked how the compartments on this one opened up over the other ones. Voila! It was PERFECT! Now when I need anything related to sewing, I know I can just open up this case and find whatever notion, ribbon, zipper, or button I need.
The same goes for trying to organize the technology in my life. I needed something to put my mobile phones (and their related cables, software), and also a box for all the software I have. I had spend years putting things in various drawers or shelves and basically never could find what I needed when I needed it. Enter The Container Store’s clear plastic shoeboxes.
Sure I use these cool clear boxes for my nice shoes like my silver heels from Siegerson Morrison, but I realized they can be used for so much more. First off, they are cheap, about $1.49 for 1 clear box with a snap lid. I like that they are clear so I can see what’s inside right away. They also stack really nicely. So in addition to my shoes, I have 2 boxes for the important techie things in my life, mobile phones and software. Things that I don’t necessarily use everyday but at a moments thought, may need to. I also made a couple of labels with my label maker. Now I know that if I need any of the contents related to mobile phones or software, I walk into the closet and grab the corresponding box.