If you like organizing like I do then you’ve probably seen them, you know those small dollar tree containers that come in different colors and sizes. They always pop up on Pinterest and youtube videos from guru organizers.
Now I’m no organizing guru, but I do try my best to keep things tidy around my home.
I like to give everything a place.
This makes for finding and putting things away so much easier.
So I figured why not share how I put these containers to work and maybe give you some ideas how you can use them in your home too.
Kitchen Junk Drawer
We all have one of these, a junk drawer.
Everything that doesn’t have a home seems to end up here. But, just because there’s a ton of mismatched, odd items in here doesn’t mean we can’t keep it organized.
I use two of the small dollar tree containers in here to organize items like post it’s, tape, lighters and crazy glue.
There’s also a couple of other boxes in here that I recycled from my old checkbooks (wow, can’t remember the last time I used a personal check, those boxes must be really old!!) anyway, I tend to re-use boxes of all types around the house to organize but that’s for a different blog post.
As you can see I don’t have everything in a container, like those old white-out bottles that are probably all dried up, or that plastic bag full of rubber bands that we most likely will never use. But keeping most things in a container helps keep the extra loose items organized as well.
Breast Milk (didn’t see that one coming, right?)
Sadly I’m not breastfeeding anymore. My daughter developed a milk protein allergy and I had a hard time following the strict diet that was recommended in order to continue breastfeeding so I stopped. But I did manage to follow the diet for about a month and did a lot of pumping during that period.
So here’s how I store the pumped breast milk:
I use Lansinoh breastmilk storage bags, froze the milk flat then placed them in one of the larger storage containers.
I actually had a lot more milk when I first got started pumping and had some stored in gallon size ziplock bags but now that we’ve used up most of the milk this is working out great.
Kitchen Drawer for Baby Items
In this drawer I use two small containers to organize Adeline’s spoons, bottle tops, extra scoops for her formula, small brush for cleaning the bottle pieces (I use Dr. Brown bottles, such a pain to clean!) and a few bottle sealing discs.
My nightstand drawer has a couple of the small containers and one large container.
The small containers have a Sephora mirror, nail file, hand lotion and a bunch of nipple creams that I have no idea what to do with other than maybe use it as a lip balm.
The larger container mainly has an old iPhone, post-it notes, a pen, and a spare night guard. Yes, I wear a night guard every night. I have to! Sometimes my grinding would be so loud that I’d wake up my husband, ouch!
Top of My Nightstand
I keep most of Adeline’s products on top of my nightstand.
If you read my post on “how I organize my baby’s clothes” then you know that we do not have a nursery room. We’re in a one bedroom apartment so her crib, clothes, and everyday products are in our bedroom.
The only dollar tree container on the nightstand is the small long narrow basket behind the wipes warmer. There I keep her hairbrush, nail scissors, nail file, q tips and alcohol wipes for when the changing pad needs some disinfecting.
I keep two more of the long narrow containers on my dresser to hold my sunglasses.
Most of my sunglasses are not expensive so I don’t mind keeping them like this, and what’s nice is that I can fit my Ray-Bans (my better quality shades) with their case in here too.
Now truth be told…
I placed the sunglasses in the containers very neatly for this picture but on most days I’m usually just tossing them in so it doesn’t always look this neat but it’s nice to have a place to put them at when I’m back home.
Under My Vanity
This one is pretty simple…
I keep a few rollers and heat protectant spray in one of the larger containers under a small vanity I have in our room.
I can probably make better use of this entire area but haven’t had much time to play with since having Adeline so it’s staying like this for now. Eventually, though I’m sure I will be changing things here and make it work better for me.
My Daughters Drawers
My previous post “how I organize my baby’s clothes” also showed you how I organize her hats. In that same area, I have one of the larger containers to organize her small washcloths.
We’ve had it like this pretty much since she was born and it’s been great for keeping all those tiny washcloths together.
Well, there you have it!
Eight places I’ve been using dollar tree containers for some time now that have really helped keep things organized.
Whether you keep these containers exposed on a nightstand or hidden in drawers it always helps to have a place to toss all those small items we have laying around the house.