Matching containers, beautiful baskets and fun bins make an organized space look beautiful, but they aren’t the key to successful organization.  Find out what to do to stay in your budget while getting organized when a listener question is answered on episode 58 of The Intentional Edit Podcast.



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Episode 58 - Where to Begin and HOW TO AFFORD the Fun BINS and MATCHING CONTAINERS When Your Entire HOME NEEDS TO BE ORGANIZED





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Matching containers, beautiful baskets and fun bins. Make an organized space look beautiful, but they aren’t. The key to successful organization. Find out what to do to stay in your budget while getting organized. When a listener question is answered on episode 58 of the intentional edit podcast. Hey friends, quick tips that make a big impact in your life are my favorite ways to implement systems around the house. I’ve been sharing easy strategies and my go-to organizing products for tip Tuesday on the intentional at Instagram feed for a few years. Now I’m excited to bring it to the podcast with sure episodes answering your questions every Tuesday. If you want me to answer your questions, go to the podcast page on intentional edit, do and submit your questions there. Let’s get started on this tip Tuesday episode of the intentional edit podcast. Hey there, thank you so much for joining me for another episode of the intentional edit podcast.


This is episode 58 and it’s a tip Tuesday episode where I am answering a question from a listener. If you have a question that you want me to answer, go to intentional, and a little button will pop up. It says record now click on that button and you can leave me a message just like you were leaving a voicemail for someone. And I can listen to your message and answer that question on a future episode of the intentional edit podcast, I would love to help you a, you are stuck on home organizing, creating routines, coming up with systems. If you’re just frustrated with something that’s going on in your home or clutter, the lack of a routine or a system you need help with time management. Anything that I have ever talked about on this podcast or anything relating to things that I’ve talked on this podcast.


If I have the knowledge that’ll help you and you leave a question, I will answer it on a future tip Tuesday episode. If it will help you. I know it will help others too. Go to intentional, and click on that little button that says record. Now that pops up and leave me the question or comment or concern or whatever it is that you struggling with so that I can help you by answering your question on another tip Tuesday episode. Let me go ahead and read you the question that came in for this episode. It says my home needs to be organized from top to bottom, but I don’t know where to begin and really want to know how everyone affords all the fancy containers in beautiful matching bins and tubs for all of a household to be organized. That is a great question. And I appreciate you submitting that.


Let’s break it down. There’s two parts related to that question, where to begin and how to find the matching containers, bins, baskets, and all of the things that are really containment to old, the items that you need to organize, how to find it and how to afford it. Let’s start with where to begin. When you have an entire home that needs to be organized. You always have to start with purging. Plenty of episodes that talk about purging. The two that come to my mind are episodes three and eight, where walk, I walk you through exactly how to purge the purging process that I use to declutter. I give that process to my friends, family, clients, and I give you examples in those two episodes, you can learn exactly how to purge by listening to episode three and eight. But in terms of where to start with home organization, you have to identify areas that are causing the biggest struggle areas that are causing the biggest frustration for you and your family.


Where are these places in your home? This could be an entry, a bathroom, a kitchen drawer. They can be very specific and small, like a kitchen drawer that I just mentioned, or it can be an entire room like a cluttered entry area where you don’t have a place for your bags and baskets. And you’re tripping over shoes and coats to get in and out of the house. Come up with the areas, spend a few minutes. Think about what part of the day you feel frustrated in what part of the day or what part of the home you feel annoyed in. And that will help you come up with area that needs to be organized the most. Once you have determined that area, you’re gonna go listen to those episodes, episodes three and eight, really zone in the cluttering in the purging, because you cannot organize anything before the purging and decluttering is done.


Once you have done the decluttering and removed all of those items that you don’t need use or want from the house, then it is time to organize. The fun part of organization is or can be picking out the bins baskets, and those forms of containment that make this space aesthetically pleasing. And that’s where the shopping comes in. If you don’t have any containers that you can use in your home now being organized does not mean that you have expensive matching containers in every cabinet and closet and on shelf in your home. Being organized means that everything in your home has a home of its own. It has a place where it is supposed to be stored and put back when not in use. It means that people can find things when they need them, because these things, all of the belongings have a place to go.


That’s what being organized is you can elevate your organization in terms of the way that it looks by having these special containers and baskets and bins that are matching. And you can also label them. If you have baskets around the house or containers around the house that are not the exact same, they’re not the same size. They’re the same color. That’s okay. If you are working with little to no budget, use what you have or take a trip to the dollar store, find some containers that work there. I would suggest sticking to the same colors. If you’re purchasing anything new stick to the same color palette, neutrals, anything that is very simple, clear is good. White containers are great things that are easy to look at. And then when you want to purchase more, or you need to get more, it’s easy to find because you’re not trying to match a pink and blue Stripe or a special PO PKA dot container.


You are just building on what you already have with these neutral colors. Another great place for inexpensive organization items are stores like home goods, TJ, max, marshals stores like that, even target and Walmart have a great selection for organized. And then you can even go to places like bed bath and beyond Michaels, Joannes stores like that. And if you do go to stores like that, then look for the coupons that they have, whether it’s a 25% off, 40% off, 50% off, but they stock the same items over and over. Of course the container store. My favorite, the container store is not all over. Look for coupons. Look for sales. If you need to buy a number of things, buy them. When they’re on sale stores, like the container store, they usually have sales on the same items at the same times throughout the year. So you could ask the employees and they usually know what is coming up or what could potentially be coming up to see view money when you are needing to buy a number of those items, but check out some of the stores that I mentioned.


You can also price check on Amazon and see what’s available there. You don’t have to purchase all new containers to be organized. And I already explained why. Remember that organization is to make life simple. It’s to make your life easier so that you can spend more time doing the things that you love with the people that matter most to you focus on that when you are thinking of organization and don’t have any guilt around not having the Pinterest picture, perfect space that has matching containers that are extremely expensive. But because organization is to serve a purpose, you can always start small, have one shelf of the containers that are your dream container. And then the next month, or a couple months down the road, add to that and come up with enough containers for the next shelf. If that is something that you have in mind, then make sure that are shopping at a place like a container store or buying from a brand that always has those same containers and baskets and bins readily available.


If you’re going to more of a store like a home goods, they will not always have the same containers available. You can usually find better deals there, but that’s when you need to purchase what you need at the time, because they may not have them in the future. Actually, it’s pretty unlikely that they will have the same ones in the future. Always remember that organization is to make life easier. It’s to make life simple for you and your family. Don’t focus so much on the bins, baskets, containers, and the money that needs to be spent because you can do organization in your home for very little to free. If needed. If you have containers and baskets and bins, then use those first and build from air and really make sure that you focus in on the purging first, before you assess what is left, and then you organize all of the items that you determined that needed to stay within the home. Good luck on your organizing project. I’m a proud of you for tackling this. I know it will serve your family and help you simplify for the sure. Thank you for listening to this tip Tuesday episode of the intentional edit podcast, I will be back later in the week for another episode,


Did you love this episode? Quick tips that make a big impact in your daily life are my favorite ways to implement systems around the house. I’ve been sharing easy strategies and game changing products for tip Tuesday on the intentional edit Instagram feed for a few years. I’m bringing that to the podcast. By answering your questions with actionable ideas and strategies for you to podcast page. What are you struggling with? Are you looking for product recommendations, home solutions? What is overwhelming you today? No questions are off limits. Seriously. I need to know what you are struggling with. So message me. Now I’ll be answering one of your questions every week for tip Tuesday on the intentional edit podcast.




Episode 58 - Tip Tuesday - Where to Begin and HOW TO AFFORD the Fun BINS and MATCHING CONTAINERS When Your Entire HOME NEEDS TO BE ORGANIZED




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Lauren is the founder of Intentional Edit, a home organization and lifestyle company focused on consciously editing to create efficient and organized spaces.  Lauren believes that a functional home that looks and feels good has a positive influence on all aspects of life.  Creating systems that allow for the home to function more efficiently, therefore, eliminating most of the clutter and chaos is her priority.  While trends come and go organization is always in style!


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