If we are going to talk about a “season” for plastic bins, Christmas has to be near the top of that list. Besides the summer, in which we see a huge influx of demand for plastic bins and boxes due to people cleaning out their sheds and garages, December (And more importantly January), demand for plastic boxes soars! Why? Because in January people are taking down their holiday decorations and scratching their heads, trying to figure out where to put them! Plastic bins serve a very important role when it comes to holiday storage, as they provide rigid hard sides and edges to protect seasonal decorations, which tend to be both sentimental and breakable simultaneously. My pick this year for best in Christmas Storage is the Wing Top Plastic Box (shown above). This multi tasking wonder features that important rigid plastic like we were talking about, and has many other features to get excited about:
1. Removable Lights Storage – Included with the box are corrugated cardboard reels for winding Christmas lights around to keep them tangle free. If you don’t need special lights storage at the moment, read on…
2. Ornament Storage – These hard plastic boxes are absolutely essential for holding your breakable holiday decorations. Wrap any breakables carefully in bubble wrap to avoid breakage while stored in here, and don’t store glass globes as they are simply too breakable – a specially designed ornament holder is much better for those.
3. Stackable – Easy to stack, these wing top plastic boxes can be kept in the back of a closet, out in the shed or in the garage.
4. It’s Red! That’s right, red = easier to find when the season comes around again next year!
5. Easy close tops – the tops of these plastic bins are some of the easiest to open and close – no pinched fingers and struggling with a stubborn locking lid.
During the holidays, many of us can agree that our homes turn into a blizzard of wrapping paper, bows, ribbons and scraps. A nice thing to do is in advance of the busy Christmas season (and by that I mean pre-Thanksgiving), set up a corner of your office, playroom, bedroom, closet or anywhere else you can find a small space to get all of your gift wrap in order before the season starts. Starting with a plastic bin is a great first step. A plastic box is great for wrapping paper storage as it will protect the paper from moisture, which means that come January you can throw that box into the garage to stay hidden until next Christmas (assuming you don’t need it for birthday presents in between). The Iris Underbed Storage Container one of my top picks. It can be stored under the bed, but it doesn’t have to. It could also be kept under a dresser, buffet, or even out in the open. The main thing to remember is to measure your longest roll of wrap before purchasing a box to see if it will in fact fit. I really like this particular box also because it is color coded for Christmas. So you can easily spot it in the garage or storage shed or under the bed when the season comes around again. To really stay on top of things, stock your wrapping paper organizer with rolls of tape, scissors and a large gallon size zip up bag to keep ribbons and bows contained and under control. If you find that your rolls of paper are simply too long (and believe me they do exist), instead of a box with a lid such as this one, go for a tall narrow (cheap) garbage bin that can store rolls upright in the back of your closet or pantry. It doesn’t provide protection from moisture, however, so you will need to keep it in a dry environment.
If you’re like me, then you can take lots of pictures and even print lots of pictures, but getting them into a photo album? Not so much. I have dozens of cute cardboard photo boxes stacked in my closet full of memories, and frankly they are just going to have to stay there until the kids get a little bit older and I have the time to sort and display them. I came across this Set of 5 Metro Document Boxes which are made of acid free plastic, what a great idea for photo storage! They are safe to keep your pictures in as they are acid free, and have a sleek, modern look that would be fine even left out on the desk in the office.
Note that they are not tall enough to accommodate pictures standing up, so they must be laid down in stacks for storage in these boxes. The set of 5 gives me plenty of room to expand and the black and silver design makes them a great choice for exposed shelves in the living room, office or bedroom – keeping the pictures close at hand but still put away and visually clutter free. So file this post under the heading “plastic bins come in many different shapes and sizes” – definitely a far cry from the usually large rigid plastic boxes we feature here, but equally as important to a well organized and balance, calm home.
Other uses for these boxes?
- Document Storage – their originally intended design, keep stacks of papers, files or easy accessible materials in them.
- Kids Room – Maintain peace in the playroom or bedroom, or wherever else your kids play by keeping markers, crayons, paints and other arts and crafts supplies organized, sorted, and out of sight. They would even work for small toy storage (think legos, cars, figurines and more)
In the garage, you are missing out on maximum storage and organization if you haven’t yet taken advantage of your ceiling. Overhead storage systems in the garage offer one of the best ways to gain extra storage while simultaneously clearing up the floor for you, a great way to make space for parking your car in the garage. There are many different types out there, here are some of them:
1. Hoists – Great for storing bikes on the ceiling but still allowing for easy, regular access, a ceiling hoist does the heavy lifting for you, giving you the benefit of ceiling storage without the hassle of climbing up on a ladder.
2. Hooks – For anything else that can be hung on the ceiling, think camping gear and seasonal summer fun items, large screw in hooks can be installed right into the ceiling.
3. Ceiling Shelves – If you have stacks of plastic bins in the garage that you want to get off the floor, a ceiling shelf, like these MonsterRax overhead storage systems, is the way to go. You can put plastic bins up on the shelf. This is a great idea for longer term storage items such as out of season clothing or holiday decorations. MonsterRax is a great choice in this category as it has the highest weight capacity in the industry thanks to a durable heavy duty steel construction and center cross bracing. A long lasting weather resistant powder coated finish ensures longevity even in moist, weather heavy garage areas.
4. DIY – If you have ceiling rafters and don’t want to purchase a whole system, you can make your own by mounting plywood to those ceiling rafters. Be careful not to go too heavy with stored items up there and secure with screws to avoid the shelf falling down.
Do you use the overhead space in your garage?
When talking shop about garage organizing, modular comes up a lot. Modular, for our purposes, simply means customizable – in other words different sizes coming together to form a system of storage that works best for your home or business environment. Enter this week’s featured product line, Polymer Logistics bins and accessories. This system is brand new to the market and an absolute gem, giving homeowners and business owners alike different components to work with to ensure a smooth operation and efficient organization in everything they do.
Available in this system are 1/2 Collapsible Box Bins and 1/4 bins with wheels. Great for everything from storing tools and sporting goods in the garage to keeping outdoor seasonal items contained! Best of all these crates fold for storage themselves when not needed – a true space saving wonder in home organization tools. The heavy duty construction allows them to be resistant to mildew, mold, insects and pests and also boast a temperature range of 4-120 degrees F.
Now get organizing!
Plastic bins are such a staple of storage in organized homes, and have been so for such a long time, that it is somewhat rare that we get to introduce a new player on the team! Today I came across a new box from Sterilite, the 25-Gallon Ultra Tote! This plastic storage box has taken a traditional design and updated it with ultra strength options to make it better and stronger than yesterday’s plastic bins.
Here are some of the new features that enhance stability and longevity:
- Cold-temperature resistant. This box is ideal for colder storage areas like a basement or attic, withstanding winter weather and therefore a great option for seasonal clothing storage.
- Polyethylene – This is the best material for more active storage needs, by that they mean serious storage sturdy capabilities. This box can survive a tumble or bump here and there when stored and stacked in the garage.
- Impact resistant – stands up to bumps big and small!
- Channeled walls – you may have noticed the pattern in the walls of this plastic bin and thought, Oh what a nice new design! But actually that channeled design adds extra strength and durability to the walls of this tall plastic storage box for increased storage capabilities.
- Heavy Duty Latches – keep contents secure and are also integrated into the design of the lid for comfort while carrying to and from the garage or other storage area.
- Stackability – This is nothing new but an absolute must when maximizing storage in the garage, closet or shed.
Get ready for winter by getting all of the storage tools, plastic or not, ready that you will need for a neat and tidy closet, home office, garage or any other area to last you into the next season!
This week’s featured product is really a cool one – think hidden storage for any outdoor setting! The Leisure Accents Spa Storage Steps can be used as a step up into your jacuzzi or hot tub. But they also can be used out on the patio or in the yard for plain old storage purposes! If you scoot them up against an exterior wall, they are obviously not going to be used as stairs, but they could be a bench. And further out in the yard, they could be used to define a space among your plants and greenery as a place to stop and rest.
The top step of this plastic bin lifts on hinges to reveal a storage area that is absolutely perfect for keeping gardening tools, spades, fertilizers, bags of soil or even throw blankets for cool summer evenings. Or, keep your plastic reusable outdoor dishes on hand for easy entertaining throughout spring, summer and into fall before the chill sets in. They are available in several colors to either blend in with your natural setting or offset and complement it just a bit. And the all weather plastic design is a true workhorse for saving your most important outdoor supplies.
Only a few more weeks of summer! Get out there and enjoy the last warm weather of the year before it’s too late!
With the new school year under way, it’s obvious in my home that the digital age has not fully reached the school system. Those first few months of school always seem to bring with them a barrage of paper work. Some to keep, some to fill out and return, and some to recycle! It’s that first group that we are concerned of here. Enter this week’s featured product, the 12 Drawer Rolling Cart
This organizing powerhouse brings together two of the best names in the business: Plastic Bins and Plastic Drawers. Set them on casters and you are ready to organize almost any area of the home.
Here are some of my favorite jobs for this rolling plastic drawer system:
- Homework and School Sorter: Label each drawer with kids names or themes. For example: “Homework”, “Mom’s Papers”, “Fundraising”, and use the rest of the drawers for paper, pencils and other supply refills that your kids will need throughout the school year.
- Arts and Crafts Organizer: This cart is great for all of those miscellaneous paints, markers, glue sticks and other items. Remember that labeling is key here if you want everyone to comply with the organizing system.
- Clothing – Little ones could even use this plastic drawer set as a dresser – it is lightweight, easy to use and they can see through the fronts of the drawers to see what is inside, whether it is socks, shirts or hats they are looking for.
- Toy Storage – a great toy storage rack this is, with closed sides and bottoms on the bins to prevent legos from escaping.
- Grownups can use it too! If you like to sew or do other crafts, this is a wonderful crafts organizer for all of your crafting supplies or art supplies.
Enjoy the new school year by preparing with a few organizational tools at home first!
Now wait…not just any plastic bin. Believe me, I have three young children and so I know how tempting it is to just toss those old worksheets and some of the “early art pieces” into a plastic bin. Why? Because at the beginning (and end) of the school year, we parents get absolutely swamped with papers coming home from the school. And it’s not like you are going to throw any of it out, right? Let’s be realistic, if you have children in the early grades, every little worksheet or writing practice they bring home is like a Picasso to you, and rightfully so. But at what point do you let go of that urge to save every piece of paper that comes home from school?
Well, for me, that moment came about midway through my daughter’s first grade year. It’s not that I didn’t care about the work anymore, it’s simply that enough was enough, and I had to come to terms with the fact that you cannot save everything that your child brings home! Period. While I can’t get you to that make-or-break point myself, I can share with you some tried and true tips for dealing with the schoolwork that you do choose to save.
1. Use their artwork as actual artwork in their room. Especially the big poster-size pieces they bring home. These are really cool and should be saved, but also enjoyed! Keep them in the nursery or bedroom where your child spends most of his or her time to keep their creative juices flowing!
2. Plastic bins really are an organized home’s best friend. Especially when it comes to school work and papers that you would like to save for your child (or yourself). Plastic provides a moisture-free environment. Look for under the bed boxes that glide on wheels that can be stored right under your child’s bed and easily accessed by him or her.
3. Electronic storage – If you have a budding artist in your home and quantity and quality are both in full-swing, consider scanning and storing some of your children’s artwork electronically. Or have it made into something useful that would make a nice gift for a family member, such as a shopping bag or t-shirt!
Our featured product this week couldn’t arrive faster! Although the kids are back in school, summer does not officially end until September 22nd. And even then, many of us continue to enjoy warm weather well into the “fall”. So rest assured, it is natural to still have barbecue on the brain. The Kingsford Kaddy Charcoal Dispenser is a great investment (or gift) for any barbeque enthusiast, or for the occasional griller.
Made of sturdy plastic with a tight fitting lid and latch, this charcoal holder makes it a breeze to pour just the right amount of charcoal on the grill. And even better than that, it keeps moisture and pests out for better performance from your coals. If you don’t grill that often, you will appreciate that this handy plastic bin keeps your most important grilling supply fresh and dry. And if you are a master griller, you will love that when you put your barbeque spatula down for the winter (if you in fact do that), you know your coals will last and be ready for action next summer.
It boasts a 100% weatherproof design for use in the nastiest of weather, and allowing you to keep it outside with all of your other barbeque equipment. A sturdy handle on the top allows for easy pouring, a must have for any adults, and especially appreciated by grandpa! Enjoy this change of seasons and keep thinking outside of the bin for great ideas for storage around the home, year-round!