You're not alone if you feel as though organizing your personal items underneath your sink and aimless paperwork around your workspace can be challenging. To add, it can be even more of a nuisance when you live in a smaller space or space that has limited storage. As a result, of residing in small apartment, I knew that I needed something that would add style to my space but most importantly order. If you haven't done so already - be sure to checkout how I created a laundry nook within my apartment - here. This just goes to show you that living in a small space or organizing on a budget is totally doable. Anyways, so, I set out on a quest to organize my belongings in a stylish but affordable manner.
I came across the 'Men's Drop-Front Shoe Box' from The Container Store which is one of the many products within my apartment that solved an organization problem. And yes, you read that correctly, a shoe box serves as a very practical solution to contain the items underneath the bathroom sink and my business materials. An invaluable organizing product should have the capability to serve several purposes and should not be confined to solve just one problem. Be sure to keep that in mind when shopping for organizing products. You can save so much more money when you buy multi-functional products. So, I purchased two of these which were perfect for my apartment!
I preferred to conceal and protect my toilet paper which is exactly what the 'drop-front shoe box' delivered. But not only did it conceal and protect the toilet paper, it's translucent design provides convenience because I can quickly gauge when I'm running low and need to restock. The easy, pull down tab opens, closes, and snaps securely into place when accessing the toilet paper. Once I shifted some of my other belongings around that were underneath the sink, I was able to store items on top of the 'drop-front shoe box' which showcased it's durability. I was surprised that it allowed me to maximize my storage space which is always a bonus!
I used another shoe box, the 'clear stackable small shoe box' also from The Container Store to hold my hair comb, hair brush and other hair accessories. That was able to sit nicely on top of the drop-front shoe box. I re-purposed a vase to store my nail polish collection and that is positioned behind a 4-part organizer that holds additional hair accessories such as bobby pins and hair ties. When you're preparing for the day, time is of the essence and shouldn't be wasted searching for that one particular item.
Now, for my office space, I opted to keep my business materials separate from non-related business materials. I don't like to have things out in the open unless they are contained; on the other hand, I still enjoy being able to view my belongings which is another reason why I chose the 'Men's Drop-Front Shoe box.'
Inside the second, shoe box I stored my label-maker, business cards, journals, envelopes, and other business related materials. Similar, to the storage of the toilet paper, I am able to quickly access materials when necessary. Once I'm finished using them - then I simply return the items to its designated storage space. I didn't think it was important to implement a complex system since my apartment is a temporary space and when I selected the 'drop-front shoe box' I knew that I was selecting a versatile product. Functionality, quality and versatility always wins in my book!
The goal was to maximize my storage space in a simple manner without breaking the bank. The 'Men's Drop-front Shoe Box' is priced at $9.99 which is reasonable for a product that can be used in so many ways. If you have a vast shoe collection then you can organize them in an organized and stylish way. Or you can get creative and store crafts, books, magazines, documents and other miscellaneous items inside the 'Men's Drop-Front Shoe Box' for convenience. If your workspace or the space underneath your bathroom sink needs a facelift then use this blog post as a guide to 'Organize with Sole' and transform your space into a simple but functional setup.
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