The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Kristin at The Gold Project.
It is spring organizing and cleaning out time in my household. For the past 2 weeks, I have been going through drawers and closets trying to eliminate clutter and junk. I don’t know about y’all, but getting rid of things makes me feel good. And, in some way, it makes me feel lighter. One project will lead to another and then, I just can’t stop.
But, I have a confession to make. While going through all of my belongings, I have realized that I am a container hoarder. Or, I used to be. I haven’t purchased storage boxes and bins in a long time and it is a good thing too. I have so many extras in a variety of colors, sizes, and shapes. When my husband and I purchased our first home back in 2009, I was so excited that I purchased every type of storage container imaginable. And, I had no idea how I was going to use them and didn’t even give it a second thought when purchasing them. I just thought I needed them and would find a wonderful way to use them. Fast forward 7 years and now, I am paying for not thinking. I have boxes and bins that I do not like and will probably never use hanging out in my garage and attic. It makes me a little nausea to think about how much money I wasted.
So, now, before I make any storage container purchases, I ask myself a few questions.
1. Do I already have storage containers that I can use for this project?
Let’s be honest. If it isn’t a container that will be shown in the middle of my house, does it really matter what it looks like? If I am just organizing items in my garage, then what I have on hand should work just fine. Now, if the basket or bin is sitting in my living room on a shelf, then I probably want something specific and something I do not have at home. Either way, my decision needs some thought.
2. Do I have a reason to purchase these storage pieces?
I can not tell you how many times I have walked into a Target store and wanted to purchase every single storage basket I saw in their organization section. After getting over the initial oohs and aahs, I will stop and ask myself if I really have a reason to purchase that adorable basket I have in my hand. If not, then it goes back. Sometimes this process is easier than others.
3. Do I really like these storage items or am I just wanting to buy something?
Oh, the impulse purchases. I am not a big impulse shopper, but sometimes, the mood will hit me. During those times, I will usually walk around the store with the item in my basket, which allows me time to think. Then, 9 times out of 10, by the time I get back to the checkout area, I have decided I really don’t need anything I have in my basket.
4. Are they worth the money?
If you haven’t noticed, storage containers can be expensive. And, you can spend a ton of money if you aren’t careful on things that you really do not need at home. So, I always ask myself if the container is worth the price. Is it something I can get cheaper at the dollar store? I want to make sure my money is well spent.
When I shop for storage pieces, not only do I ask myself these questions, but I give myself time to think about it. Normally, I do not find something and immediately buy it. I have to think about it first. I will take a picture of the item in the store with my phone, ask myself these questions, and go home and let my answers sink in. I am actually like that with everything. I am usually not a run out and make an impulse purchase person, unless we are talking about Target’s dollar spot. It gets me every time.
So, am I the only one or have y’all had a container hoarding problem in the past? I had one and didn’t even notice it until I started cleaning out and placed all of my unused containers in the same central spot. Now, I am aware of the issue and try to avoid it.
My name is Kristin and I am a middle school career education teacher by day and a mommy/wife/blogger by night. I am married to my high school sweetheart and we have two loving children. We recently made a life-changing move to Arkansas, so our new house is always under construction. I get excitement out of finding new creative, functional, and cute ways to organize things! I also enjoy writing and documenting life as it happens. So, I put these loves together and created The Gold Project. With the help of my husband, I am attempting to turn our house into a home. So, check out this special place of mine and take this journey with me!