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Easy Storage Kit Ideas

Cut clutter and save time with these clever kits, created by storage-savvy mom and blogger Jen Jones ( Jen's kits efficiently organize tools, cleaning supplies, first aid essentials, and more.


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    • Art Supplies Kit

      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:

      • Markers
      • Crayons
      • Colored pencils
      • Paint sets
      • Glue and glue sticks
      • Scissors
      • Crafts sticks
      • Googly eyes
      • Glitter


      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.

    • Tool Kit

      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:

      • Hammer
      • Allen wrenches
      • Screwdrivers
      • Utility knife
      • Picture-hanging hooks and wire
      • Level
      • Glue
      • Staple gun and staples
      • Tape measure
      • Pliers


      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.

    • Cleaning Supplies Kit

      Daily and weekly cleaning supplies are stored in one of Jen’s discount-store finds. The waterproof caddy holds:

      • All-purpose cleaner
      • Glass cleaner
      • Wood cleaner
      • Toilet cleaner
      • Microfiber rags
      • Brushes
      • Dust rags
      • Squeegees


      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.

    • Study Kit

      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:

      • An "information" folder to hold school calendars, newsletters, and schedules
      • An "action" folder to file homework, spelling lists, and math practice charts
      • Notebook
      • Pencils
      • Eraser
      • Markers
      • Crayons


      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.

    • Personalized Grooming Kits

      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:

      • Perfumes and colognes
      • Deodorant
      • Sunscreen
      • Face wash
      • Lotion
      • Hair supplies


      The woven plastic bins are easy to wipe clean and store neatly in a cabinet in the couple's master bath.

    • Snacks Kit

      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:

      • Trail mix
      • Crackers
      • Graham crackers
      • Popcorn
      • Pretzels
      • Raisins


      Once the jars are filled, Jen stows them in a simple plastic bin inside her pantry for easy retrieval.

    • First Aid Kit

      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:

      • A handled first aid kit with bandages, alcohol swabs, gauze, and tweezers
      • Cold compresses
      • Cotton swabs
      • Rubbing alcohol
      • Knee and ankle braces and wraps
      • Sunscreen


      The kit stows away in an easy-access hallway linen closet.

    • Pet Supplies Kit

      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:

      • Chew toys
      • Vitamins
      • Pet medicines
      • Brushes
      • Spray bottle with water
      • Dog shampoo
      • Cloth rags


      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.

    • About Jen Jones

      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

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