Unreasonably Tidy

So I may have mentioned that I have a small tendency to be obsessively obnoxiously a tiny bit organized.  I really can’t help it.  If I don’t keep things tidy I end up sitting in the corner rocking slowly back and forth and muttering about label makers and alphabetizing and filing systems.  It’s better to just let me set things up however I want.

If you’re not also wired this way, you won’t be able to understand my glee when I stumbled upon these little plastic containers in the dollar section of Target.  I bought them all.  I’m going back tomorrow to see if they got more in.  They’re simple little things, about 6.5 inches high and across and about 2 inches deep at the widest point.  They are spot on perfect for just about anything.

I’ve stuffed four of them in my knitting basket, and they’ve brought a much needed dose of order to that sometimes chaotic vessel.  The basket itself is meant to hold dvds.  But we use…um…an entire bookcase for that, so the basket is free to serve a higher purpose.    Along the back is one of zigzagstitches’ dpn cases.  I’ve had this little bit of magic for more than three years and it’s seen heavy use the whole time.  It has held up perfectly.  It keeps all of my needles tidy and safe and makes my world a better place.  In front are the four nifty little buckets.  One holds my bigger knitting supplies (scissors, needle gauge, darning egg, and so on).  The other three hold my projects, one project per bin.

The awesomeness of this is hard to overstate.  I can just lift whichever project I want to work on up and take it with me to wherever I’m going to work.  Everything is right there in one tidy package.  The bin even provides a bit of kitten resistance to the yarn cake.

I’m finding lots of non-knitting uses for them too, but I doubt you’re interested in how I store my nail polish or hair ties.  But if your knitting basket is a bit overrun, you may want to see if your Target has a few left.  Unless you live in Cleveland, in which case it is hopeless, because I’ve already bought them all.