Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Returning Those Returns

I am an organizer at heart but never did I have a more organized house until this past year. Why?
  1. Our family almost doubled instantly and I was trying to wrap my mind around how to make everyday life work.
  2. We moved and gained a fresh space to brainstorm and create for our family needs.
  3. I discovered Jen's blog, I Heart Organizing! I wasn't a blogger at the time...just a desperate mom looking for some solutions and I found some! She has so many great tips and tricks and you too can read all about it. In fact, I would even suggest that you stop reading this post and just go to the mastermind herself. Warning: You will get sucked in! :-)
One thing that I first saw on Jen's site was the idea of having a "return box." Making returns at stores is getting easier and easier these days and having a set place for your returns is a brilliant idea. After all who wants to lose money because of forgetting to return something? 


Last year when we first moved in I grabbed some woven baskets that fit great on the top shelf of our coat closet. One of these baskets gained the label "returns." It is so great to toss things up there once I know that an item is going back to the store.

This has also been a great space to create our own little lost and found. 

With many guests coming in and out of our house it seems like something is always left behind. This way, left behind items have their own safe place to be in until they are reunited with their owner.

I just went through our basket and cleaned it out for Spring. The snow is finally melting here in Minnesota. That is reason alone to do a happy dance! Not to mention that the return box is all cleaned out and emptied. :-)


Do you have a return box or a way that you utilize remembering to make returns?

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19 comments:

  1. I love this idea! Think I need to start this one...I constantly lose the things I need to return...and can never find them when I need them. Your organizing ideas are so helpful. I am NOT an organizer at heart...you are so very helpful! :)

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    1. I'm glad these ideas are helpful. :-)

      ~Sarah

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  2. Jen is pretty amazing, but I love your blog too !
    Thanks for the post !
    xoxo
    Iris
    The {colored} Married Life

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  3. Yes, we've used this system for a couple of years now. We have a return to the store box, a "to people and places" box (stuff we take to people at church goes there), a family box (for the extended fam), and some bins for reusable bags. It's been a good system for us and does help. I even have a reusable bag for different stores in the return bin (e.g. Target stuff with the receipts so I don't have to search and they dont get lost.) Then I'm just grabbing the one store bag and I know I'm set!

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    1. That sounds like a GREAT system Keturah!

      ~Sarah

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  4. This is proof that sometime the simplest ideas are the best. Great idea of a returns box!

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    1. Kristen,

      Simple ideas are fantastic! :-)

      ~Sarah

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  5. Hi Sarah! Thanks for linking up with LWSL this week! I love this idea too - I bet lots of people will find it useful!

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    1. Thanks for hosting the party Ruth! I'm so glad that I came across this idea on Jen's blog and was able to implement it...it works great!

      ~Sarah

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  6. Thank you so much for the super sweet kind words and the reference. I loved reading that this idea is working for you, totally made my day!

    xo,
    Jen

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  7. I definitely need something like that!

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    1. Michelle,

      You should try it, it is so awesome! :-)

      ~Sarah

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  8. I love her site as well. I also have a returns basket, right by the back door. It is genius. Makes it easy to actually remember to return things.
    Thanks so much for linking up at the Real Family Fun link party! Hope to see you next week.
    KC

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  9. You are right, I should get a return box. Right now, it is more like a return "location", but it looks messy (I figured that if it looked messy, it would just push me to return those products, but this is not totally true !). Thanks for this blog, being so down to earth. I can totally relate, although I only have 3 kids !

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    1. Millita,

      All moms deserve a reward for being survivors no matter how many kids you have! I still thank the Lord that I survived that first year with our first child. :-) So glad you found a helpful idea!

      ~Sarah

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  10. I'm definitely going to use this idea. My biggest problem is loosing the receipts that go with the returns. So, I think I'll also add a coupon type wallet in there for the receipts. Thanks!

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    1. Great idea Rebekah about the coupon wallet for receipts!

      ~Sarah

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