Today we’re talking about plastic bins, but not your ordinary ones. These are tiny, perfect for organizing a variety of items throughout the home, from the garage to the bathroom, office and more! When looking for small plastic bins, keep the following tips in mind:
- Stackable – You want these handy little helpers to be stackable, that way you can add and subtract bins to suit your current storage needs.
- Open or Closed Front – Do you want an easy access open front, or would the items being stored be better cared for by having a lid on the front?
- Mesh or Solid? For small items, make sure they are not going to fall through any mesh side or bottom openings. If you like the look of mesh, look carefully for a very small weave, as seen on these Mesh Utility Bins.
- Colorful or Less Obvious? If you are looking to add color and dress up your desk or bathroom counter, then by all means go bold with your favorite colors! If you want your storage to blend in more subtly, though, then go for white, black, or even clear (provided that you don’t care if stored items are visible to the world).
And here are some more uses for small plastic bins that you may not have thought of before:
- Office Supplies – everything from paper clips to thumb tacks!
- Hair accessories – great for little girls to keep hair items all in one place.
- Kids Organizers – any small craft item, like glue sticks can easily find a home in these bins, and it’s simple for kids to keep them organized.
- Garage Hardware – Anything from screws to nails, brads and staples!
Getting organized and staying that way didn’t used to be my forte. Like some, I was a hard sell on the de-cluttering revolution at first. I wasn’t sure how necessary it was until I had my first breakthrough on the clutter busting front! Now I recommend to others that the best way to get started is to start with something small. Find one awesome organizer that you really like, and figure out its multiple purposes around the home.
set of 2 iris single-drawer cd chest
For instance, this set of 2 Iris single-drawer CD chests is where I found my sea legs. I almost overlooked these plastic storage chests when I first came across them, because I thought, “Well, I don’t really need much CD storage”. But the trick to picking out organizer boxes that work for you, is to think outside of the box (pun intended) and get creative with the many ways in which you could use something.
Since most of my music is digital and I’ve only kept a few CD’s around, I only needed one set for its intended purpose. They stacked nicely and did exactly what I needed them to do: keep the CD’s in one tidy, concealed place where I can access them easily when I need to. But then I went on to applying these single drawer chests around the home.
In my bathroom cabinet, I utilized two more sets (total of four chests). One drawer holds nail polish, one has hair accessories, one is full of cotton balls and the last keeps feminine hygiene products hidden away (but very easy to access). I also used one of these Iris chests in the kitchen for my packets of tea bags, one in my office for small supplies, and several in my craft area for small scraps.
So the moral of the story, people, is that a CD storage chest isn’t always just a CD storage chest. If you too don’t find that organizing comes naturally, consider my system of keeping it simple and finding that one piece that works for you!
I love storage bins! But even more, I love storage bins that store flat and out of my way!
Stacks and Stacks has this awesome 3 piece set of collapsible storage baskets fits the bill perfectly! Use them for kid’s toys, tub toys, toiletries, linens, shoes, storage in your car, crafts, CD’s or Dvd’s, and so much more!
Graduated in size to hold a variety of items, the baskets are made of durable polypropylene in pretty purple and teal colors. Pop-up handles like a shopping basket make carrying them a breeze, and tuck completely away when not being used. There are also cut-out side wall handles which can be used to carry heavy loads.
These plastic storage containers can store away tucked inside each other while upright or flat for a combined height of 6″. Plastic bin sizes are: Small basket – 12″ x 8″ x 6″; Medium basket – 15″ x 10″ x 8″; Large basket – 17.5″ x 12 1/4″ x 10″. And at $36.99 for all three, it’s quite a deal!
Not only do plastic bins make great toys, they are also excellent for storage and organization in the bathroom. There isn’t anything in a bathroom that you can’t put in a plastic bin, therefore making the bathroom the best place for them.
Plastic bins are becoming the answer to many of our organizing issues. With many different sizes, shapes and sets we can custom organize anything, really. Some bins have wheels, some have holes and some have drawers. The options are endless and sometimes that in itself can become a little overwhelming.
I use plastic bins in almost every room of my home. Not only are they affordable, they are stackable and very easy to clean and reuse. Better yet, they are great for containing items that may have an odor or need to be water and pet proofed as well!