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Life is much better when organized. Holidays are so much better when simple and organized. I truly believe that simple organization makes life easier, calmer and just plain better. I’m also committed to keeping organization simple, inexpensive and earth-friendly whenever possible. Several years ago I worked out an eco-friendly battery storage organizer and tips to make our life (and holidays) organized, less stressed and thus, happier. You can organize your batteries in minutes and for pennies all while saving the landfill (that’s a win-win-win-win in my book).
Confession time. Have you ever had a panicked moment when you stood in front of your ecstatic child holding a brand new toy while you frantically rummage through drawers and cabinets looking for enough of the right-sized batteries to make that toy work? Slump. I know, I’ve been there, too. Watching that joyful, expectant face crumple and then try to be brave as they absorb the information that they cannot play with their treasured new toy until someone runs out and gets more batteries is tough. It is even more difficult during the holiday season. The month of December requires such a quantity and variety of batteries for decorations, toys, gadgets, electronics and just plain old life. Planning ahead and having an organized stash of batteries will make your holidays and life much happier (trust me).
Lucky for you, there’s plenty of time to get organized, inventory your batteries and stop by the store to stock up on the batteries you’ll need for a happy holiday season and happy family. I bet you even have five minutes to make your own battery storage organizer, too.
If you’ve hung around Organized 31 much, you know that I can’t stand to throw away containers that can be repurposed. There are so many different types of packaging that come with food products that are perfect for organizing. I hate to throw them away or even recycle them when I can put them to an organizing use and save money (and the landfill) not buying a new organizing product.
Several years ago I found that the plastic containers that lunch meat, deli food (that side salads come in) and produce come in make great battery organizing containers. Choose a container size based on the number of batteries you need to keep stocked in your home for your family’s needs.
Eco-Friendly Battery Storage Organizer
Repurposed plastic containers with lid
Washi Tape or Strips
Label Maker (or white label and marker)
My kitchen is white and blue so I chose blue washi tape to make the containers pretty and to make me happy every time I open the cabinet and see those pretty labels. Simple and pretty organization makes me happy. If it only takes an extra minute to make it pretty. then it’s definitely worth it.
Start with a rectangle of washi tape for your label on one side of the plastic container. Consider which way the containers will fit best in your cabinet or closet to determine which side of the container to label.
Add a label from your label maker to identify each size of batteries. Keeping each battery size in a separate container makes it much easier to find the batteries you need (no more tumbling through a big pile of all different sized batteries). It also makes it much easier to quickly see how many batteries you have (or need to buy).
I place a sticky note on the lid of each container and write how many batteries are the in the container. When we take batteries out or add new ones to the container, I simply mark through the previous inventory number and add the new battery count. Keeping an inventory count of the number of batteries for each different size saves me time wondering and counting batteries over and over again (it also saves frustration and tears when we don’t have enough batteries).
When I need to stock up on batteries, I can take a quick look at each container and determine in seconds how many more I need to buy of each size so I can stock up and be ready for all the holiday decorations, electronics and toys that will need new batteries.
I have found that the repurposed lunch meat containers are perfect for our family’s needs for the smaller sized batteries, but I use deli containers for the larger sized batteries.
For our family’s needs the AA and AAA batteries fit perfectly in each of the repurposed organizing containers.
Why not take five minutes right now to inventory and create your own eco-friendly battery storage organizer?
I’m a mom of 3, a veteran and military spouse. I’ve moved into 20+ homes all around the world. My passion is helping busy people make the space and time for what’s really important to them.