A tip I read about recent....well let me back track.
I am on a mission to really downsize and clean out. Have been very very
successful. One thing I happened to read...and had really decided to do on
my own....was to NOT purchase lots of bins and such for storage right away.
Throw throw throw away or donate or recycle or reuse in a creative
way....everything that you realy don't need. Then, what you really need to
keep and store, buy bins for those items. I do the same in my classroom. If
it is something I can replace with an all call in a month or so then I just
don't keep a lot of it around (recycled things, magazines, etc). I just
don't have the room.
Also my fabulous PTA is paying to have custom built storage in my room. I
told the contractor (who is also a parent) that I am looking for storage to
house what I have and make it more manageable, not so I can add more stuff!
The "state of the art room" was an issue before I came.....so cleanliness and
being organized always wins me a few extra points.