I've learned a few new lessons with regards to clear plastic storage containers. As I stated before, I found that clear containers worked best for most of my art, sewing, craft (etc) supplies instead of solid tins and boxes. But I ran into a problem: most of the storage containers that I found in the shops were inefficiently designed, much to my frustration! Observe in the photo below where I have placed my thumb (ignore the work-worn nail lol) You are looking at the bottom of the tub and my thumb is between the body of the tub and the overhanging lid. Do you see all of that excess space? When I used these tubs in shelves and cabinets those overhanging lids hogged up a lot of valuable and limited space. Also, the body of the tubs being much smaller meant that I had difficulty fitting things inside. So, be aware of this if you go and buy plastic storage tubs: be wary of those that have overhanging lids, and also those containers that have sides that curve inward ~ again taking up excess space while offering much less storage area.
Here is a photo containing my recent victorious find: "Really Useful Boxes" ... lovely plastic storage boxes that do not have overhanging lids, nor do the sides curve inwards. (They come in every size imaginable!!) And even better: they are less expensive then the other frustrating brands!! Yet made right here in the UK from quite sturdy plastic. (No sweat shop slaves??) The lids also fit much better due to the locking bits that look like handles. They aren't handles ~ they are locks and this means the lids don't fly off at the slightest bump, nor do they warp as badly later on. Because I have also found that the frustrating kind of plastic storage boxes end up with lid warpage in less then a year. (What gives???)
So now at long, long last I feel that my organizing adventure has been pulled out of the breakdown lane and is back in action! It's like a log jam really, with every room in the house backed up because of two places: The dairy and... the boxroom upstairs! Which has been converted into our "library." (But don't get excited as the room is only 8'x6' lol) The box room was once rather organized but now that the dairy is "organizable" I've wreaked havoc by removing books down to the diary but wait, no, changing my mind, moving them back up and grabbing different books and then changing my mind about some of them too... yeah, it's an adventure!
Today I am going to focus a lot on the box room so that I can remove some of the logs from the clutter log jam. Seriously, it's like playing real life Tetris!! (Without the hypnotizing background music lol)
Here you can see, if you look at the edges of the shelves, that I've simply taken a black sharpie and written out the topics/subjects for easier access. Yes, I've heard over and over "why don't you just use the public libraries?" As a matter of fact I'm fed up with hearing, "Why don't you just use the local library??" lol!! Well, sure. We do. At times. But with the library a half hour drive away and gas going for $10 a gallon and three small screaming kids to drag into town while farm chores are left behind on hold... can you see why I have built up a small easy-to-use library right here in our house? Oh yes, that and the fact that when all that we need is one small bit of information, one teeny wee bit, because a project has suddenly screeched to a halt...(doesn't it drive you bonkers when that happens??) I don't want to wait a solid week or more before I can get that information from a distant library. After dragging three screaming kids into town on $10 a gallon gas LOL! We love the library but we also love our library too :-)