Category Archives: Iris Plastic Bins

Stackable Plastic for Space-Efficient Dorm Storage

Get ready for the dorm move ahead of time with shopping ideas from our blog. You know your dorm is not going to have enough storage room (I can guarantee it having been there). Here are a few ideas for storage and you might also enjoy some of the dorm organizing blog posts at the Organize-It Blog.

iris stacking bins


Iris stacking bins are great for food, socks, odds-and-ends, whatever you want to store in them. The beauty is that you can use as many, or as few as you need. The semi-clear plastic lets you easy see what’s inside and the open front makes your goods accessible. They come in two different widths – 4.25 and 5.5 inches and range in price from $1.99-$3.99 (with quantity discounts).

stackable drawer bin

This clear acrylic stackable drawer bin is perfect for storing shoes or other items on a closet shelf, dresser or desk. At only $8.99, you can buy as many as you need, and when you move out of the dorms, you can repurpose them for something else.

stackable storage basket


The stackable plastic storage basket is great for toiletries, makeup, digital devices, and anything else you need to store. It comes in 9.25 or 14-inch sizes, and in green, pink, frosted white or light blue colors. The movable handle makes it easy to carry, but folds down when not in use. Prices range from $6.99 to $9.99.

stackable makeup box


This stackable makeup box will keep your beauty kit organized and accessible and having the capability to stack additional drawers is just dreamy. It’s not just for cosmetics, either, you could put jewelry, i.d.s or a variety of small items inside for safe keeping. It’s 13.5 inches wide and 2.65 inches high for compact storage and the drawer includes a thick handle. Price: $25.99.

K-Cup Storage


Okay, this isn’t really stackable, but it’s hard for me to think about dorms and studying without interjecting coffee into the picture (so I’m adding this in as a bonus). If you’re a coffee addict like me, you might need a little Keurig brewer on your dorm desk. And here’s the bin to store your K-cups. It’s 5 inches wide and holds up to 40 K-Cups for your favorite Keurig morning cuppa and costs only $29.99.

Plastic Bins for Gift Wrap

Iris Holiday Underbed ContainerDuring 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.

Iris – My Favorite Organizers

Clear Plastic Storage Box by Iris

Clear Plastic Storage Box by Iris

Oh Iris, you have given us so many organizing solutions over the years!  I look to this company for all of my container needs.  Organizing the home with plastic bins has become a widely popular method because it is simple and easy for anyone to do.   And you can store just about anything in a plastic storage bin.  I use the Clear Plastic Storage Box, 21.0qt – Set of 4in the garage for everything from seasonal clothes to Christmas decorations.  It comes in just about every size you can imagine, and the plastic boxes stack nicely on top of each other.

Storage Box - 74 Qt by Iris

Storage Box – 74 Qt by Iris

For the more heavy duty storage tasks, I rely on the Clear Plastic Storage Box – Iris 74 Qt (4) and the Clear Plastic Storage Box – Iris 74 Qt (2)which is the same container but it comes in different set sizes.  They have a very large capacity, but come with little wheels.  The wheels are important because once those large plastic containers are filled, they tend to be too heavy and cumbersome to carry.  They too can be stacked and the lids have heavy duty snaps to keep them secure and tightly sealed.

IRIS Clear Stackable Recycling Bins

IRIS Clear Stackable Recycling Bins

In addition to durable plastic bins for storing items, Iris makes these great covered recycle bins that are made from plastic and stackable.  They also come in sets so you can stack them up and separate your paper, aluminum and plastic recyclables.   But there’s more you can do with these stackable bins.  Fill them with pet food and use a scoop for quick access and dispensing.  Use them for storing and organizing your child’s toys and stuffed animals or for fabric in the craft room.  What makes this such a great product is its versatility!

Iris Gift Wrap Storage Boxes – The Bin You Didn’t Know You Needed

Wrapping paper and the emotional experience around it is something most of us take for granted.  Think about it.  First, you go through the process of finding that perfect gift for someone.  A birthday, a religious holiday, a graduation – whatever the occasion, it’s always personal and meaningful.  While some see the wrapping of the gift as just a means of concealing an object to enhance the surprise (and that’s fine), I have always appreciated the experience to the final bow or curled ribbon.

iris gift wrap storage boxes

iris gift wrap storage boxes

Two people in my life are probably the reason I hold this practice close to heart.  More like a sacred ritual.  My grandmother for starters.  You never saw such perfection in a wrapped gift.  The patterns always lined up perfectly in the back where the two ends met and you would never find an imperfect bow on her gifts.  She made it an art form like Renoir painted women in gorgeous fashions.  My father also made gift wrapping into an art form, but in a different way.  If a gift was obvious by its shape, he would go to great lengths to make it appear otherwise.  If it was a small gift, he’d wrap it in a box, within a larger box, within a larger box, etc.  Once, he gave my sister a soccer ball but placed it in an oversized bag with a broom handle sticking out! So, their influence obviously has a lot to do with my love for wrapping presents in creative, yet aesthetically pleasing ways.
To make a long story short, I have A LOT of wrapping paper!  I love picking out designs, whether beautiful and ornate or quirky.  And just like any other collection, gift wrapping paper needs a sturdy and dependable storage solution.  I store my vast selection of wrapping paper in these Iris gift wrap storage boxes.  They keep dirt and moisture out, and because they’re hard sided, I can stack multiple boxes without the worry of my delicate wrapping pieces getting crushed!

The Best Plastic Bins For Lights!

Holiday Light Box with Wing-top Lid and 4 Dividers

Holiday Light Box with Wing-top Lid and 4 Dividers

I love the Holliday Season! I love the smell of cranberry orange bread baking, the colorful ornaments on the tree, and especially the lights! They are simply mesmerizing!


As much as I love them once they’re up, the most difficult of all my Christmas decorations to deal with are those strands of lights. I’ve been through too many years of trying to unwind tangles balls of wire and lights to do it any longer.

That’s why I purchased one of these Iris Holiday Lights Storage Boxes. They are by far the easiest way I have found to store those messy strands of holiday lights without tangles.

Each one of these heavy-duty plastic storage boxes comes with a set of 4 corrugated cardboard “spools” to wrap those pesky lights around to keep them tangle-free. The bins are lightly frosted so you can see the contents without opening the lid. The cranberry red wing-top lid keeps moisture and dust out and groves on the lid allow them to stack easily.  These great plastic boxes and spools work really well for storing garland too!

They each measure 10 7/8″H x 13 7/8″W x 18 1/4″D, are sold singly or as a set of two, and can be purchased at

Post Holiday Plastic Bins

Extra Large Storage Box with Snap Down Lid - Iris 251019

Extra Large Storage Box with Snap Down Lid – Iris 251019

The sweets have been eaten and the wrapping paper cleared. Family and guests have all gone home. And as you bask in the warm afterglow of another memorable holiday season, the thought crosses your mind…”I have to clean all this up!”

Well, Stacks and Stacks makes that chore just a little easier to think about with a multitude of organizers and plastic storage boxes made specifically for holiday storage!

So, let’s see…first there are the wreaths and garlands. They can zip up tight into the soft-sided Wreath Keeper. Then the lights need to come down. They can  be wound up on the handy dividers in the Holiday Light Box and tucked away, tangle-free, for next year. Then stash those ornaments away in the Wing Lid Holiday Storage Box. It comes with cardboard dividers that keep all your ornaments separated and protected from damage.

If you have an artificial tree, it can bed down in the Christmas Tree Storage Box for the year. This plastic bin has snap-down clasps on the ends to keep stray branches in their place. Finish with all your stockings and assorted decor in a 60 qt Holiday Storage Bin, also with snap-lock closures and your job is done!

Neat, easy and totally organized. 🙂

Best Plastic Bins for Pet Food Storage

Iris pet food containers

Iris pet food containers

I found the perfect plastic bins to store my dog’s and cat’s food – Iris Pet Food Storage Containers!

These plastic containers are airtight and designed for storing all types of dry pet food in a compact space. These great storage containers can hold all different sized bags of dog food, cat food and bird seed, or I can just pour the food directly into the container.

They’re made of durable, clear polypropylene so you can easily see how much petfood is left so you know when to buy more. Seal-tight lid keeps pet food fresh and dry, and secure from any unwanted munchers.

They come in three sizes – small, large and extra large. The large and extra large containers come with snap-on plastic wheels so you can move them easily (the small container doesn’t need casters).
Small will hold:
Cat Food aprox. 20 Lbs.
Dog Food aprox. 17 Lbs.
Bird Seed aprox. 30 Lbs.
Large will hold:
Cat Food aprox. 40 Lbs.
Dog Food aprox. 35 Lbs.
Bird Seed aprox. 60 Lbs.
Extra Large will hold:
Cat Food aprox. 50lbs
Dog Food aprox. 55 lbs
Bird Seed aprox. 100 lbs

They range in price from $12 to $46 and will last and last! These plastic pet food containers are a really good investment!