IKEA is opening nearby but before you go shopping READ THIS

BIG NEWS. Top news stories change quickly whether it was the great pre-Pesach egg hunt, butter sightings, or news of schools re-opening (in Israel) after Corona lockdown. NOW the exciting news is IKEA is opening near Bet Shemesh.  But before you go rushing off to shop, read this in regards to PURCHASING STORAGE PRODUCTS FOR YOUR HOME from the expert advice of a home organizer.

As I always say, you CAN’T STORE CLUTTER but let’s say you’ve already done some decluttering.

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How do you choose a storage solution?

Boxes, baskets, and closets await your purchasing dollar BUT don’t buy anything yet UNTIL you know the size and type of container you need.  This advice is not just for shopping at IKEA but any place selling storage containers. Here are some questions to ask yourself:

What material do you want?

  • metal
  • plastic
  • wicker
  • wood
  • cardboard
  • nylon

What size do you need?

  • x-small
  • small
  • medium
  • large
  • x-large
  • xx-large

Type of Storage

  • covered (with a lid)
  • open (without a lid)


  • square
  • rectangle
  • round
  • oval
  • other

All these decisions are made only AFTER you know what you are storing.  If you buy the wrong tool for the task then the containers themselves can also become clutter.

DO try to keep to a color scheme and when in doubt, use more neutral colors or materials.

DO buy try to buy more than one of the same item which will keep your organizing look neat and consistent.

DO measure the space prior to shopping to ensure you buy the right size.

DO consider maintenance and durability.  For example, metal may rust.  Wicker can get dusty.  Flimsy plastic can crack.

If you know what you want to containerize but don’t know how, have a peruse around my Pinterest board Organizing Ideas For Your Home for some ideas.

If I can be of any assistance in helping you decide what organizing products might work best for you, don’t hesitate to reach out and send me a message.

Karen, The Klutter Koach



Published by Karen Furman

Hi. I’m Karen Furman, a home organizer and decluttering professional. Organizing is something I’ve been doing since 1st grade when used to straighten everyone’s desks. Fast forward a few decades later, I turned my passion for organizing into a business. Philosophy = Your home should be organized so you know where things are, to the degree that you feel relaxed and not stressed in your space. Method = A combination of Marie Kondo + FlyLady + my own style. YOU make the decisions. YOU decide what to keep and not to keep. I help provide clarity. Attitude = Positive, enthusiastic, non-judgmental

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