Join Date: Feb 2003
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My first question is what things are the major problems? books? clothing? what is the serious cause of the clutter?
here is what I did/do when we are in the process of getting actual storage items but don't yet have them.
-hang every piece of clothing that is humanly possible to hang-generally hangers are super cheap/people are willing to give them to you etc. I hang all pants/t-shirts everything it gets a ton out of the way-If you can get kid size hangers that helps
-hang string or wire and use clothespins to hang artwork or other small/paper items, this can be done in more areas of the house than you may initially think, at one point I even used several strings etc to keep track of mail-this may cost some money but is usually under $8 (here is is about $2 for a ton of clothespins and about $4 for clothesline/string)
-if you can put hooks of any kind up do so immediately, then use any bags you have with handles to hang on the hooks(even grocery bags and ask family for the big shopping bags with handles etc) this can really help get you organized and you can lable the bags with what should go in them etc. I did this on one wall for a few months-the bags can also go on doorhandles for a temporary fix
-get as many shoeboxes/tangerine boxes as possible
-take books off of shelves and stack neatly in piles along walls, by couches etc. use boxes for other stuff and put those neatly on the shelves, if you can cut the boxes to similar sizes, take off lids etc and buy a can of mistake paint then you can make them look pretty ok while you are working on other stuff even if you have to keep this system for a while
-restaurants may be recycling large glass jars that you could use for eg. my local pizza place gets HUGE jars for olives in glass containers, they are great for canisters, etc the smaller ones are good for cotton balls, random hair items etc and really help organize any odd items they may also have large plastic containers for kids stuff for eg the pizza place also has a supply of ricotta cheese containers that are about 1/2 gallon with lids and work great for a variety of kid activities
-every time you can get a delivery type pizza box that is clean use it to store paper in-my husband drove for a pizza place and they often had clean boxes available-i had a whole filing system that could be labeled with a sharpie-also good for organizing kids "school" papers etc.