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Keeping Pieces Together Part of Organizing Puzzle

This is a guest post written by Professional Organizer Lea Schneider from Pensacola FL and owner of

There’s got to be a billion dollars’ worth of business done by people just trying to find and buy a piece or part of something. It’s super frustrating to have a blender without a lid or a mini-chopper missing a blade.

Recently, I got to organize a kitchen for a pair of newlyweds. It was fun to see all their new cookware and gadgets but even more fun was realizing that everything they owned all the pieces! The question was how to make it so they could keep and find the pieces.

Keeping the original carton, with the parts stored in it, is usually not the solution. If you’ve ever tried to wedge things back into Styrofoam containers and then into a box, you realize they must have a magician at the factory for just that job. It’s impossible to store things in that way.

Next, we usually decide to take things out of that box. The big item goes on a shelf or lower cabinet. But what about the accessories and instructions? They would roll around loose on a shelf or cabinet so they end up in a drawer, separated from the equipment. That means hunting for pieces each time you need it. That’s how we end up losing a piece.

The solution is to store it all together in an open, easy to use container. I grabbed a plastic tub to hold this food processor, blades, attachments and instruction book. The entire bin can go up on the countertop when they work and then everything can be stored away together in a lower cabinet.

Keeping all the pieces together is indeed part of solving the organizing puzzle.

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