Take a quick look through your drawers and closets, how many electric cords, instruction manuals or old greeting cards did you find? All of these things that you were sure to do something with at some point but always seem to forget. Why not spend a few bucks on some plastic shoe boxes with lids and nip that clutter in the bud?
We all have chargers from old phones, USB cables that came with some new gadget last year, audio visual cables that we rarely use but want to hang on to. They seem to be lying around everywhere but when you really need one of them, they are nowhere to be found. Grab a sharpie and a plastic shoe box with a lid and go collecting! Store them all in one shoebox and you won’t ever have to worry about finding that old phone charger again. My shoebox labeled “Electric cords” and has everything from extension cords to S-video cables.
Everyone hates to throw out old birthday cards and Christmas cards and they really do seem to pile up. Gather them all and put them in plastic shoebox. Keep the box handy and every holiday or birthday just get out your box and store them away. They won’t collect dust if you keep the lid on tight. Ten years from now when you’re taking a walk down memory lane, you can do it without blowing off the dust bunnies!
Instruction manuals come with every new gadget that you get. They are always stuck down there in the brand new box just waiting to get thrown away. Get in the habit of getting those out and storing them all together in their own space. That way, months down the road, when the newness has worn off of that crock pot, you can get out that little recipe card that came in the instruction manual and create something new.
You can get these great little organizers for about one to two dollars apiece and their uses are endless! Make one for receipts that will probably never get filed otherwise, magazine clippings that you want to keep, or any other items that you see cluttering up your home. Just make sure to keep the boxes where they are all easily accessible so that you will be sure to make use of them rather than falling back into your old habits.