I have a very strange organizing habit: I keep totally empty bins on my shelves!
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Yes, it’s true, I keep totally empty bins on my shelves. Not only that, I even label some of my bins as “empty”!
When it comes to organizing there are two key components. The first is setting up all the systems and finding a home for each item. The second is keeping up with the system on a day to day basis, and the truth is that that second piece is much harder than the first.
But, having some empty bins worked into your space actually helps tremendously with keeping up with your newly organized space.
You see, it’s very rare to have a situation where nothing new ever comes in. I mean, even if you have a bin for post it notes, what if there’s a sale and you buy more than fit into your one bin? Or what if you take up a new craft and need to purchase some new supplies?
Having empty bins mean you have room to grow when new items come in.
Personally, I like to label my empty bins primarily for aesthetic reasons. I just think that all the containers being labeled looks better than having some that are missing labels. The other thing is that it can be helpful to make the conscious decision that, “Yes. This is an empty bin.” It’s not missing something. It’s not waiting for me to go out and buy something. I’ve purposefully kept it empty for the time being.
When you have extra space and empty bins it can be a temptation to just keep bringing more stuff into your space and to stop editing and pairing down what you have. After all – if it all fits, why get rid of any of it!? But I want to caution you against keeping things just because you technically can. Make sure you’re only holding onto things that you actually use and that bring you joy.
And here’s one last bonus tip: in addition to having empty bins, I also have a lot of “inbox” bins in my house. These bins are a place for me to put new things that are coming into the space before I’ve decided where their official home is. Sometimes I don’t have time to put all my purchases away right away, and that inbox bin makes a great halfway house for me to store items until I have a few minutes to get them totally put away.
Well, now that you’ve learned my strange organizing trick, do you think you’d like to give it a try? Next time you organize a space, leave yourself room to grow and see if that helps you to maintain the space for longer!
Organization that actually sticks for busy, happy lives