A frustrating search for rubber bands motivated me to corral our office supplies today.
I hung a clear plastic shoe organizer over the coat closet door and filled it up.
Now, we can see exactly what we have.
I got the idea from this post on the blog Laura’s Crafty Life. Thank you for the inspiration, Laura!
I bought my organizer from The Container Store because their version is the best intersection of reasonable price and quality product.
It has a metal bar across the top and the pockets are really well sewn. It’s made from clear thick plastic too, not that weird mesh or thinner plastic stuff you find on the ones from Walmart or wherever.
Mine cost $15 and it came with small over-the-door hooks, which I did not use. Instead, I hung it from three old cup hooks. My closet door fits so tightly in the frame that it won’t close if something is hanging over the top of it.
I probably won’t need to buy glue sticks, staples or erasers again for a while. Or ever.
And yes, in case you’re wondering, I do intend to someday sort through those erasers and ditch the dirty ones.
You may recall that my son often has very sweet and modest gift requests for his birthday and Christmas. Pencils frequently top his lists, so I keep buying them. We have dozens. There are even a few in there with his name on them.
I started sharpening all those pencils, but quickly realized how hazardous they would be if they were all pointy. I left them mostly dull. I put them in with the erasers down to keep from poking holes in the plastic. They’re in the top row to keep from poking holes in my kid.
I discovered a large stash of mini markers too. I surely bought them from the Target dollar bins as give-away stocking stuffers or something long ago, but I still have them, and now they’re ORGANIZED! Woohoo! Let me know if you want to come over and make any mini marks.
In all this sorting and shifting and tossing and stowing, I never found my rubber bands. I had to buy a new bag this afternoon. Oh well. At least I know where the new bag is.
And the funniest (most ironic??) thing about using a shoe organizer to store my office supplies? Look at the shoes.
Ha! Happy Wednesday!
Have you organized anything lately?