A really good container for organizing does one thing really well, but can be repurposed to do something else really well in its next life.
We purchased this JJCole diaper caddy three years ago at ToysRUs, and we had this downstairs instead of a changing table. It worked wonderfully for a very long time. But recently, little Lambchop got the hang of the potty. Halleluia!
This same little caddy then came in very useful just weeks after it had been retired. We had guests staying with us, and I moved out of my bathroom and into my husband’s so they could have their own suite. I cleared out almost everything from the medicine cabinet and my vanity so they could have room. I love how this little caddy accommodated my tall things, my squatty little jars, my makeup compacts, and even my hair stuff in the side pocket.
When you are out shopping for containers, look for the perfect container to do the job, but then ask yourself if that same container could do another job equally well before deciding to bring it home. Otherwise, your containers could end up being just more clutter.
Good quality and attractive containers are usually worth the couple of bucks over the cheap versions. But the most important organizing tool of all may just be your imagination.
Have you found a container that works well for your organizing projects?