Friday, September 12

Storage Bargains - Organising

My Study houses so many different things that it can get in a right muddle and this year it just never seemed to get out of that muddle.

Obviously Bookshelves are for books.

The cupboard underneath my bookshelves will also have to be for the books that are too big for the shelves or books that will not stand upright.

But the rest of the things that have to be kept in the study need storage too.

So this is a round up of some of the storage bargains I have found in the last year.

I have
Crafts,  Pens & Pencils, 
Kids Work Items
Photographs,  Momentos
Paper & Card,  Gift cards
CDs,  Dvds,  Records

All of this needs to be ordered and stored in the best way to make my life easier every time I need to put my hands on something and also to leave the desk clearer to work at the computer and have another surface free to work on crafts or simply piecing together the papers involved in the Sunday School and other areas of the Kids Work.

I bought various storage items at different times when I saw a bargain or saw something that wasn't too cheap but I just really liked it.

1.  One Store I think is great for bargains of all kinds is B&M and from it I got

3 sets of 3 Beige wicker nesting baskets with hearts and each set only cost £9.99

3 White wicker baskets with beige lining and hearts which have a pair of handles costing £4.99 each

Collapsible cardboard A4 lidded boxes - 2 white with butterflies and 3 silver at 99p each
(I went back to get more of the butterfly ones when I saw how nice they were made up but was too late and they had none left)

Material covered baskets  with leather type handles and a printed design which were £3.99 each.
I got 5 of these and 3 are already being used in Fred's Office.

This store is great for bargains but the one big problem is that you cannot be sure how long any of the products will be stocked with them and you need to check regularly for more items that will have appeared on the shelves.

2.  Another store I love is Lakeland

These cream plastic crates are examples of just 2 of the sizes available in this range and again some of these are already being used in Fred's office.

3.  I have always been a fan of the Past Times Shops for gifts and decor but when they were closing  down their shop near our home, I got a great bargain in seven of these baskets for only 50p each.  These were actually the shopping baskets for the customers to use but I knew they would be good for  storage and also for making up gift baskets.

4.   This next set of 3 nesting boxes were bought a few years ago and just never used yet.

    They are not very large but will be suitable for CDs or smaller items and they are very firm boxes.

I am not sure what first tempted me to buy them, whether it was the price which was £5.99 or the colour as they are a lovely shade of blue and will go well in my study.
I just can't remember where it was I got them.

5.   I like to have a wander around T K Maxx just simply because you never know what you will find in their housewares area.
A few weeks ago I just couldn't resist these two items.

A lovely sturdy Parisian print design case with a clasp and Leather type strap.
I'm thinking perhaps for Momentos.

And this beautiful Butterfly decorated flip over lid box which I may use for photographs.

6.  Matalan has been another shop which I have found to sometimes have more unusual storage containers.  Mostly they have been a bit large for our study and office, but I have always liked to have a look round and have bought some things in the past for other parts of the house.

A few months ago I looked on their website and saw these sets of crates and fell in love with them.

Each set consists of 2 nesting wooden crates with the words "Get Organised" stencilled on them and chalkboard panels.  I had recently bought chalkboard style labels and pens to write on them so I was already in the mood for the chalkboard style and hence I was easily hooked.

Although they were not a great bargain they were cheaper than any other similar items in other places.

So I headed off to our nearest Matalan store and managed to get some of these and then discovered I could get some discount on my store card so I didn't have to pay the full price of £15 for each set.

Now this is definitely FUNWORK and not HOUSEWORK as I  have to admit I always find myself drawn to looking at any type of storage and too often tempted to buy items.

This also means that I do have other plastic boxes and baskets being used around the house and  others still waiting to find just the right items to go inside them so I will definitely have a choice of items for my needs in the study.

Right off I go now to start making my lists of items that need a home and try to match them up with the best storage container I have.


  1. I love using all kinds of storage boxes, containers and basket. Great ideas.

  2. Those are all beautiful storage boxes and baskets Sandra! I'm a big fan of pretty storage too. Have fun organizing using all of them!

  3. WHY did i not see your post sooner?! I recently bought some wicker baskets and they weren't as cute or as cheap as these! Love homewares, organisational things and love bargains, so this really is a fab post for me hehe x
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  4. Proof that storage doesn't have to be ugly or utilitarian!

  5. WHat gorgeous storage those parisian boxes and anything wicker! Those are some amazing bargains too...

  6. I love storage bins and baskets.. and have many throughout the house.

  7. I love using cute baskets and boxes to get organized! I'm always tempted to buy them at Target or Home Goods. Thanks for sharing with Hump Day Happenings.

  8. Sandra,
    I love storage that is not a plastic box! You found awesome containers.
    happy creating,
    Karen Marie
    Dragonfly & Lily Pads

  9. I love storage boxes with lids to hide the mess away! Thanks for linking to #AllAboutYou

  10. Those shopping baskets were such a great find! You have quite the eye.

    Thanks for linking up at Thank Goodness It's Thursday again this week. Pinned!

  11. I'd love to see a photo of the finished project - I'm getting ready to reorganize my office and would love some of your great ideas!!!

  12. Great post for S and love, love the collage of all the storage containers!

    artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

  13. I adore the baskets with hearts. :D I found you at Guest Heart Thursday! Your blog is fun to see--love all your wonderful pictures.

  14. Baskets are the best and you sure do have a great variety!!! Good luck with your organization!!!

    Thanks for stopping by to share at last Weekend Fun Party, hope you will again this week
    Have a great weekend

  15. I have to admit I have a box fetish - I wouldn't be able to resist these!!! My fave is the Eiffel Tower case. Gorgeous! I'm so glad you linked up with Guest Heart Thursday - what cute little heart tags!

  16. I love any kind of storage ideas... Hubby said I love to re-package stuff in our closets! LOL I guess I do.... I wanted to let you know that I will be featuring this post on my blog this week at Tuesdays with a Twist link party. Please stop by for a peek. :-)