Organized Storage Stations ~ Keep things organized in the home with specific places for specific items with this practical organizing system!
“ A place for everything and for everything a place.”
So what exactly are Organized Storage Stations? Dictionary.com provides a very applicable definition for the term ‘station’ as “a place or position in which a person or thing is normally located”. Storage stations are just places to organize your things. The idea came to me from my classroom. As a teacher I have always created stations for my students to easily retrieve and return their learning materials and resources. Some of the organized storage stations include a book station, which is a just corner in the classroom where all of the books are kept, a math material station, paint supply station, recycling station, student notebook station and even a sticker station which is just a drawer inside an extra student desk. Nothing fancy, but very organized. The stations clearly designate “a place for everything and for everything a place.”
This organizing system also works well in the home. The essentials for creating stations are very simple and uncomplicated:
- Stations can be located indoors and outdoors in any location.
- Stations can be a large area such as a corner in a room or as small as a resealable bag.
- Stations don’t have to be complicated or sophisticated. They can be a closet, drawer, shelf or corner of a room. It can be a wicker basket, plastic bin, file folder, resealable bag, bulletin board, tray or locker. The possibilities are limitless.
- Stations are created based on a common theme primarily by function, same item or task proximity.
Measuring Station which is drawer in my kitchen full of various types of items used for measuring when cooking such as measuring spoons, measuring cups, shot glass and a kitchen scale.
Cutting Station, which is another kitchen drawer houses, anything to do with cutting including paring knives, potato peelers, cheese slicer, pizza cutter and an apple corer.
Mailing Station which is a drawer in the desk upstairs on the stair landing that has everything to do with mailing such as envelopes, pens, stamps and return address labels.
Dog Walking Station is a wicker basket in the mudroom that holds the leash, dog waste bags (or poop bags) and rags for wiping his feet after the walk.
Same Item Stations:
Remote Control Station in the living room. It is the ‘go to’ place for placing the remote controls for the various tech devices in the living room. This station is just the right side of the runner on top of the coffee table. Nothing complicated but clearly communicated.
Plastic Bag Station consists of two plastic drawers located in the pantry. The top drawer holds the plastic grocery shopping bags and the bottom drawer holds the transparent bags like the produce bags, bread bags and any other bag I can see reusing.
Important Note Station is located on top of the phone desk in the kitchen. Family members are taught to put any important school notes, phone messages and mail that needs to be immediately dealt with or processed.
Task Proximity Stations:
Coffee Station in which the coffee and coffee supplies are located close to the coffee pot. The coffee mugs are in the upper cupboard, the coffee is in a fancy decanter on the kitchen counter and the filters are kept in drawer within arms reach close to the kitchen sink. Nobody adds sugar to their coffee in the family so the sugar bin is left in the pantry and of course the milk has to kept in the fridge.
Lunch Making Station where the plastic containers, plastic cutlery and sandwich bags and plastic wrap are located in two drawers in the same area.
Laundry Supply Station which is a plastic tray just above the washer and dryer holding everything needed to do the laundry including detergent, stain remover, fabric softener, dryer fabric softener sheets.
The benefits for using stations are it creates a system for ensuring everything has a designated place to be easily located. It creates clarity as to where things are be stored. As a result, it saves time not having to look for items. But the most beautiful thing is that it creates a system for clear communication as to where everything is located. It is a lot easier to ask a family member to put away the newly purchased toilet paper in the toilet paper station than say “put this toilet paper roll in the basement, in the storage room on the top shelf on the right hand side”.
Here are some more station ideas….
cleaning supplies, toiletries, gift wrapping, Christmas decorations, outdoor footwear, planting, photos, tech devices, toys, tools, dusting, dental care, dish washing, hobbies, car care, tablescaping (table décor), going to the beach, workout gear, going on a picnic, camping, bathing, first aid, breakfast prep, barbecuing, baking, linens, make-up, accessories ….
The system works extremely well in the classroom with my students and at home with almost every member of the family. I have yet to get Duke, the family dog to follow the system. True to Yellow Labs he always has a soft toy in his mouth and carries them throughout the house. But he also plops and drops his soft toys randomly and wherever. He has yet to learn to put his toys away in his soft toy station. Oh well.. no system when it comes to being organized is fool proof.
Final Comments: Since I wrote this post our dear Duke is no longer with us. Here is a post I wrote titled How To Repair Grass Damaged By Dog Urine in his honour. I don’t miss the dead grass spots but I do miss this wonderful pet.
Your Turn: What are you organized storage stations?
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Have an organized day!