Containment is part of the organizing process. Containers are good storage options, but is it still easy to access the content? This is a question that should be considered depending on the type of storage option. Storage criteria may be different for each organization solution, but ease of access should be a top priority.
Containment or containers come in all shapes and sizes. Every box, basket, basket, shelf, drawer, shelf, cabinet, pantry, closet, and room in your home is a container, and so is your home itself. The way we organize these containers determines the ease of access.
Most containers have lids. Some have hinges that are permanently attached. Others may have a snap-on cover, which could be left out. Other containers, maybe a rack, basket, or reused item, won't have a lid at all.
How you use the container, whether or not it has a lid, will determine how easy it is to access the contents. The concept of a good organizational solution should take into account that you can find what you need, when you need it, and easy access for quick recovery. If it's tedious to get into a container to pick up an item, you're less likely to stick with this solution.
Obviously, open containers are easier to access their contents than closed containers. When determining your containment needs, I encourage you to use open containers whenever possible for ease of access.
The list below provides scenarios and tips on how to use open containment for easy access.
· When stacking multiple containers with similar items, such as inventory or overflow, remove the top container cover. You can easily access the content. When this container is empty, replace the cover and move it to the bottom of the stack. Then remove the top container lid.
· Drawers – use drawer dividers for small items such as empty check boxes – yes, some people still write checks, jewelry boxes, or yogurt cups. If they have lids, remove them so you can easily access the contents of each container. Real drawer dividers work well in the kitchen for utensils of various sizes.
Brackets & Hooks – These are great for hanging just about anything in any room inside or outside your home. Kitchen utensils, brooms, pots and pans, jewelry, backpacks, tote bags, hand tools, and garden tools are just a few easy access examples hanging from a rack or a hook. Different types of racks and hooks work great for organizing a garage.
Over-the-Door Storage – there are plenty of hanging storage options over a door. These products have shelves, hooks or pockets and are available in a variety of materials. They can be used in any room that has a door, even if a pocket door will not work. You can see the content at a glance and quickly choose what you need.
· Hanging files – this one really is a no-brainer. Suspension files should be contained in a filing cabinet or tote, but in all cases, the paperwork is readily available. The way you organize the paperwork in these files allows for a fast recovery system.
· Organize products – here's another no-brainer. There are so many organizational products on the market that provide easy access. They are intentionally designed this way. Many office products that hang on the wall or set up on a desk are usually open with easy access in mind.