Tuesday, January 22

Creating an Organization Kit

We walk around with cleaning caddies, so why not one for organizing?
I found the perfect fishing tackle box by Rubbermaid, with all it's little crevices it makes an ideal place to store my organizing tools! I'm telling you, nothing else worked even half as well! 

I keep my labels, label maker, and other odds and ends in the kit. And yes, I have to organize my organizer from time to time. Every time I do, I laugh and think of the TV series "Monk" when Mr. Monk vacuums his large vacuum with a hand vac and wishes aloud for an even smaller vacuum to clean that hand vac with!

Tools to Organize My Organizer  Don't you just love these stacking bead organizer jars? They help hold all the little odds and ends I keep in my Organization Kit. They screw onto each other making a tight seal, and hold more than a regular rectangular box organizer would. They hold labels, tacks, magnetic sticky strips, etc. I bought mine from Walmart for $3.00 each. The brand is called "Options".

I purchased embroidery thread containers from The Container Store to hold my large labels inside the Organization Kit. I was disappointed that they did not stay snapped shut when turned on their side, but since that is not what they were designed to do I can't really complain. 

As an alternative to these containers, you could also use plastic bead containers with resizable compartments. Or use simple plastic baggies from the bead section! Your options are only limited by your imagination.

Organizational kits/caddies are very helpful when tackling a new space! Keeping basic organizing tools handy saves you time searching through the house. I highly recommend you take the time to create your own organization kit. It functions for more than just organizing. It is more like an organization/diy/craft/decorating kit all rolled up into one. After all, organizing is just as much about making a pretty space as it is about creating a well ordered and useful space!

Getting Your Own Organization Kit Together:
First things first, I recommend creating a list of items you plan to store in your kit. This will ensure when looking for your perfect kit that there will be a designated space for each item. My list consists of a few of the obvious items, as well as a few random items you never think you'll need while organizing or decorating, but I've discovered to be helpful. Your list might vary from my own, so add or subtract as necessary.

Organization Kit Items:
  • Label maker & label tape
  • Scissors, exacto knife
  • Permanent markers, dry erase markers
  • Colored pens and markers
  • Craft plastic bags (varying sizes)
  • Magnetic strips and rounds
  • Stick-on labels,hanging labels, file labels, etc.
  • Super glue & painters tape
  • Tacks (upholstry tacks, pinboard tacks, stylized tacks)
  • Adhesive strips (+removable), temporary adhesive putty
  • Various clips, & hooks
  • Safety pins
  • Furniture gliders
  • Single hole punch

Finding Your Perfect Kit: Once you have established your base list, you're ready to hit up the fishing section of your favorite superstore! Consider what types of materials are on your list. Will you be able to add smaller bins, or section off parts of the kit you are considering? Are there large, medium, and small compartments for storage? All these options available in a versatile fashion will make the ideal kit! 
Then begin the process of stocking your kit, it may be over a course of years, figuring out which materials you use the most, which you can make do without. 

Let me know how your organization kit turns out! Comment below, or tag HomeMadebyCarmona to the picture on facebook! I'd love to see!


  1. Love the idea and will work on it, will keep looking to find something and will remember this post;). Great idea as I have several small pieces going astray. ;(

  2. Thanks, and good luck! Hope you find a kit/caddy that will work to wrangle those pieces! :D

  3. Wow, I am impressed! I need one of these! I have most of the things to organize, it just is not all together in a case. Awesome ideas! I just started a new link party and would love for you to come over and share your post or any social media sites. Talkin’ About Thursday - http://designeddecor.com/talkin-about-thursday-link-party4/

    1. Thanks DeDe, and thank you for the invite! Always excited to "meet" other decor/diy/organization junkies! :D

  4. Hello. I found your blog through Pinterest and love all the great ideas!!! I love this tackle box. If you don't mind me asking.... Where did you purchase it? Thank you in advance.

    1. Thank you Keisha! Oh I love this tackle box as well! I actually "inherited" it from my dad-in-law, and I'm not sure they make it anymore. I recommend looking for it on ebay or amazon: it is Rubbermaid Pro Series tackle box model # 3020. Good luck!


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