8 Tips to Help You Navigate the Container Store
So as most of you know while I was in NY a couple of weeks ago I stopped in to visit the Container Store for the first time. Here in Canada we don’t have Container Stores but we do have a similar store called Solutions which I wrote about here.
This store is a sight to see, talk about container heaven! It can definitely be a little overwhelming though that is for sure. So to help you navigate the aisles of organizing bliss I thought I’d put together a handy little guide to help you get through it in one piece with your sanity intact and without breaking the bank.
1. Go with a plan
What’s my #1 rule of organizing? Containers come in the middle of the PROCESS, not at the beginning!! The first step of the PROCESS is P for PLAN. Yep you need a plan before you go buying out the Container Store. For example, if you have decided you are sick and tired of food falling out of the freezer onto your feet every time you open the freezer door then yes containers are a great way to solve that dilemma. However before you go skipping off to the store you need to do two other steps before you get all wild and crazy on me. Remove everything from that space and do a sort and purge. Once you know what’s left and what you’ll need to organize back into the space THEN and only then can you make a trip to the
candy Container Store. Don’t forget to bring the dimensions of your freezer space (kind of important, right?) and as well any budget considerations you need to factor in. Make a list!
2. Keep a level head
The temptation to walk in the door and be swept away on an organizing high is great. Focus my friend, focus! You have a list remember, you can do this. FOCUS!
3. Do not buy containers without a PLANNED purpose
The way they have the store set up by home space is very clever. For instance, everything you could ever imagine to organize your kitchen is all in one area. Problem is while looking a freezer containers in the kitchen section you’ll be distracted by the shiny gadgets around to organize your pantry and your cupboards.
You’ll see things you had no idea you needed but now can’t live without. Shiny.Pretty.Must have. Stop.It. Remember, you have not planned for those spaces. Right now you are imagining organizing your clutter. You cannot organize clutter. You must walk through the PROCESS steps first and perhaps when you are done you won’t even need any containers to organize that particular space. Think about the money saved you just saved…you’re welcome!
4. Look for products with multiple uses
These are my favorite types of containers, ones that can be used for so many different purposes. For example, you could go to the kitchen section to look for your freezer containers or you can head on over to the office section and check there. Here you’ll find multipurpose bins that could even be used to organize a freezer.
This is ideal because in a couple of months when you grow tired of your freezer containers or they just aren’t cutting it for you there anymore, you can easily swap them out and use them elsewhere. Make sense?
5. Ask yourself if you could solve your dilemma for less
If budget isn’t a concern for you well then just skip this step. For everyone else, don’t be swayed by the pretty. Especially if the pretty costs $109.00 like these plastic drawers do. And yes I said plastic.
You are shelling out big bucks for those pretty decorative poppies. It’s ridiculous. If you are ever tempted to spend this kind of money on something like this please email me so I talk some sense into you. If you just really love the look, then how about buying plain drawer organizers for $20.00 and adding some pretty scrapbook paper to the inside of the fronts of the drawers. Voila, instant solution without the big bucks!
6. Bring a friend
Better yet, bring a friend with you to talk some sense into you when you start veering off course. And believe me you will. She’ll say to you, “What are you nuts? You want to spend $109.00 on plastic drawers with poppies, give your head a shake!”. And you will and everything will be fine.
7. Wear comfortable shoes
You don’t want to be slowed down with aching feet. And chances are good that check out lines will be long and you’ll be on your feet for awhile. Go prepared!
8. Go with snacks
You’ll also need sustenance for this adventure. Blood pressure drops will also slow you down and contribute to irrational thinking (and buying!). You don’t want to be forced to abort your mission half way through now do you? Bring food!!
So the next time you are in an area with a Container Store go armed with this handy little guide and be prepared to enjoy your visit to Container Land!