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Cut clutter and save time with these clever kits, created by storage-savvy mom and blogger Jen Jones (iheartorganizing.blogspot.com). Jen's kits efficiently organize tools, cleaning supplies, first aid essentials, and more.
Jen keeps arts and crafts supplies corralled in a handy caddy that makes it easy for her three sons to carry to the playroom or dining room table. Inside, Jen keeps:
Jen chose a sturdy metal cutlery caddy to withstand the rigors of child's play. She painted the divided bin with chalkboard paint, which is an easy-to-adjust labeling solution. The bin also serves as a metal surface for magnetic canisters.
Jen employed a handled metal caddy to corral frequently used tools. The open storage, unlike a toolbox, makes it easy to see and grab what she needs. Inside, she stores:
Jen painted the caddy, then used a crafts machine to cut a vinyl label. She stores the kit on a shelving unit in her laundry room.
Daily and weekly cleaning supplies are stored in one of Jen’s discount-store finds. The waterproof caddy holds:
Jen keeps the divided metal caddy under her kitchen sink but suggests using child safety locks or storing it in a high place if you have young children.
After struggling to find an effective way to store important school papers and permission slips for her three sons, Jen discovered using separate document boxes was an easy way to keep her sons organized. Inside, she keeps:
Jen stores the boxes on a console table near the front door so kids can grab supplies and papers when they leave for school in the morning.
To streamline her morning routine, Jen separated her grooming supplies from her husband Bryan's stuff. They pared down to the essentials, then sorted them into matching labeled bins. Inside each, they keep:
The woven plastic bins are easy to wipe clean and store neatly in a cabinet in the couple's master bath.
As soon as she gets home from the grocery store, Jen unpacks snacks and pours them into individually portioned containers so her kids can grab a quick and healthy snack on their way out the door. She stores food in plastic freezer jars, which keep food fresh longer than traditional food storage containers. Jen regularly buys the following for her snacks kit:
Once the jars are filled, Jen stows them in a simple plastic bin inside her pantry for easy retrieval.
Before creating this kit, Jen would have to locate several bins when she needed first aid supplies. A new plastic basket is large enough to hold medical essentials for the entire family. Inside, Jen keeps:
The kit stows away in an easy-access hallway linen closet.
The family dogs' toys, grooming supplies, and medical essentials warranted a kit, too. Jen keeps the items grouped together in a large, open plastic bin for easy access. Medical supplies fit inside a lidded carrying case for portability. The kit includes:
Jen keeps the kit in her linen closet, pulling it out and bringing it to the garage when it's time to give her dogs a bath.
Organizing guru Jen Jones lives in Wisconsin with her husband and three active sons. She blogs daily about her kit ideas and other storage projects at iheartorganizing.blogspot.com