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#1 of 17 Old 12-27-2010, 06:44 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I have a hard time finding places for things like sunglasses, cameras, ipods, etc. Little things that you use all the time but don't really have a category. I like having my camera handy so I can photograph DS, but leaving it out on my dining room table is obviously not a solution. I guess what I'm referring to are those things you need to put away but don't really have a place for because you use them quite often. Anyone have a suggestion?


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My sunglasses are ALWAYS in my purse because I wear them constantly.  I keep two cameras and our videocamea on a shelf in an armoir in the living room...so I always know where it is.  Usually my mp3 player in on a shelf by my kitchen sink because I listen to it while doing dishes. 

 

My answer to everything is bins.  Or baskets.  Clutter can look nicer if it's contained.


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Yeah, or a special drawer can work, too.


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Sunglasses in the car....camera in the top drawer of the dresser/armoire that holds the TV. Just got Mp3 players today...and they'll probably either go in a drawer in the kitchen (where we keep keys/wallets) or with the camera.

 


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My husband and I have a wooden box with a lid on our coffee table. Little things like ipods, stamps, change, and pens find their way in.


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Electronics go in the 'charging station'.  Right now my desk is in libmo since im assembling a new one but look for 'charging stations' on amazon or somewhere.  They are total lifesavers.


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I keep my sunglasses in my purse.  If I had a compact camera, I would keep that there too. 

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I have a basket by the front door for keys wallets sunglasses and such. Electronics end up there too if they aren't on a charger.

 

It's just one of the cheapie baskets they sell for sorting out make-up/hair supplies, mounted with 3M stick and release tabs. It's stayed up for about 6 months now.

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Thanks!! I was always anti-basket (I just don't like how they look) but I'm going to try to find a pretty one, because it will look better than all this stuff strewn around.


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can i add to this list?!

 

batteries

lighters (for a non-smoker)

small tools you use sort of often so you want to keep them handy (not in the basement or garage) like a couple screwdrivers and a small hammer

duct tape, masking tape, scotch tape, lol

 

hmm, i'm seeing that all these things could probably be kept together somewhere, but where do you keep this stuff?

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I have baskets. 

 

There's one on the coffee table to hold small kids' toys instead of carrying them all the way down to the playroom and coasters.  There's another on a side table that holds batteries, little tools, pens, pads, etc.  Dh's got a basket on his desk for his random stuff, sunglasses, hats, etc.  My camera sits on a little shelf on my desk.  Sunglasses are always in my purse.

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We have a pretty wicker basket in the mudroom right where you walk in. This is where we keep sunglasses, glasses cases, receipts etc.  I clean it our/organize every few months.

 

I have a decorative key holder mounted on the wall in the muddroom for our keys.

 

My camera is always in my handbag

 

Iphones/Itouchess/etc are charged in the kitchen.

 

We have a junk drawer in the kitchen for things like screwdrivers, hammers, screws/nails, duct tape, masking tape, scotch tape, scissors, etc

 

For batteries I have this mounted in my mudroom closet and it is the best! I got mine at Lillian Vernon but have seen them at Lowes/Home Depot, CVS, etc

 

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If you don't like baskets, how about some nice piece of furniture with drawers? I don't like baskets because they are open, I like my clutter enclosed & hidden! lol

 

We have a small desk where we keep the camera, spare batteries, stamps, etc. You could also use a kitchen drawer (bonus: this would be motivation to declutter in the kitchen!) or maybe one of those 'charging stations' that has little drawers for phones, phone chargers, etc.


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For us in this house (sometimes it changes in different houses - we move every 2-3 yrs):

 

cameras, MP3 players, wires that go with these - kitchen drawer (1 of 2 I have in our peninsula, away from the rest of the useful drawers)

 

 

batteries - we have a piece of furniture that has 2 drawers, one of which is designated for batteries, battery charger, small screwdriver for opening battery compartments

 

lighters - over my sink I have a small plastic bin in the cabinet with my 3 sharp knives, adult scissors, and lighter for grilling (our grill is right outside the kitchen)

 

screwdriver, masking tape, scotch tape, painter's tape, post-it pads, pens, house folio, small mini baggie of twistie ties, rubberbands, and paperclips - in my other kitchen peninsula drawer for quick retrieval (in our basement we have our family room with the armoire desk where we also have more tape and desk supplies)

 

 

 

For us, I try to simply keep the things we use a lot in the kitchen, since we all live in there anyways - easier that way!  I used to like baskets, but then I realized they do not work for me - I just do not like to see junk out in the open, so I try to keep it hidden for my own sanity  :)

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I put a mesh shoe holder (with like 24 pockets) over the basement door in the mudroom.  It's not the prettiest thing, but I put lots of random stuff in there (sunglasses, dd's random hair clips, sunscreen, mittens, hats, bracelets, diaper bag supplies).  It works out pretty well because you can see everything in there, and everything is separated.

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I put a mesh shoe holder (with like 24 pockets) over the basement door in the mudroom.  It's not the prettiest thing, but I put lots of random stuff in there (sunglasses, dd's random hair clips, sunscreen, mittens, hats, bracelets, diaper bag supplies).  It works out pretty well because you can see everything in there, and everything is separated.



We have one of these in our coat closet and it is one of the best investments I've made in the past year.  Ours holds bug spray, sunscreen, little cloth bags, crayons for travel, diapers and wipes ready to go, flashlights, the first aid kit, goggles (for swimming and and for chem lab), the candle lighter, the camera/cords for the camera, and a little "meal kit" with bibs and wipes.  When the baby was younger, I also rolled up my babyhawk and sling and kept them in it, too.  It is super-handy.


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I think the mesh shoe holder is a great idea! I am definitely going to try that!


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