If I could use only one product to organize my fridge, it would be refrigerator storage bins.
If you’ve ever been down on your knees, cleaning up the mess from the mushrooms you forgot, the meat that thawed and leaked through the cellophane, or the Buffalo Wing sauce you inadvertently tipped as you rummaged for a midnight snack, you know exactly what I’m referring to. Messes. Icky, sticky messes. Unidentified, mystery messes. Messes made glaringly apparent by the stark contrast against your cold white refrigerator interior.
When I started working at Organize-It, I quickly discovered tons of ways to organize my home. The refrigerator bins by Dial were probably the most glorious discovery. I quickly purchased enough to fill my refrigerator. Now you might be thinking you can get some dollar store plastic and use that, but I don’t recommend it. Here’s why, some plastics are safe for food, and some aren’t. Also, plastics not engineered for cold temperatures quickly crack when the temperature exceeds their tolerances.
Dial refrigerator storage bins are food and refrigerator safe. There are numerous other reasons they are great:
Clear plastic lets you see the contents.
Recessed handles let you pull them out for easy access.
Spills are cleaned by removing and washing the fridge bins only.
Easily access hard-to-reach items by removing the bin.
Easily organize food by consolidating like foods into individual bins.
Reduce refrigerator maintenance by tending to bins as they get soiled.
Refrigerator bins come in a variety of sizes including narrow bins for fruit.
Bins are stackable for efficient vertical storage of smaller food items.
Refrigerator storage bins help me keep my refrigerator organized and I seem to have less food waste, as the food is visible and accessible. The stackable design lets me add more as needed and I was able to combine units to fill most of my shelf space, with a little left over for small liquid cartons, such as milk. I highly recommend these, as they are my favorite food organization product.
The idea of a paperless kitchen can be overwhelming — and usually it inspires the same thought process. “A paperless kitchen,” the first thought typically is, “… that means more laundry!”
How does this relate to plastic bins? Bear with me.
Yes, if you decide to make this transition, you will be using – and washing – more linens. But if you utilize the right pieces and organize yourself, you will be only be doing laundry just as often as you were before. The easiest way to keep laundry at a minimum is giving yourself somewhere to throw kitchen rags when you’re done with them – some sort of plastic bin, perhaps.
I cannot recommend the Cabinet Door Mount Waste Bin enough. This handy bin hides out of sight while keeping dirty rags covered and consolidated. The handy design mounts to the inside of any standard cabinet door. Add one – or two – to control kitchen clutter.
Hey, don’t knock it till you try it! This week’s featured product is the Fridge Binz Stackable Three-Bottle Wine Holder, made of plastic and designed for organizing, so I think it’s a safe fit for this blog, no? For many of us, when we think of wine, we get a tad bit snooty in our heads. So a wine rack made of plastic bins seems unthinkable. But, many people enjoy gourmet wines out of cardboard boxes these days, so why should we think a plastic wine rack is out of the question?
The Fridge Binz Stackable Three-Bottle Wine Holder is mostly designed for white wines, obviously, that need to be chilled in the fridge. If you chill your white wine this way, just make sure to let it warm up a tad bit and “breathe” before you indulge, as a regular food refrigerator is a bit too cold for wine enjoyment. Another great use for this handy organizer would be in a wine refrigerator that you have that has an open space at the bottom or top, in which you want to store extra bottles.
Made of clear resipreme, these wine bins are stackable as well to maximize storage in your fridge or out. You could even line them up in a cupboard or pantry as a modular wine rack instead of using in the refrigerator.
As we see here, plastic bins come in all shapes, sizes and colors, making themselves useful in every area of the home!
I promise, this is an easy one, folks! That’s right – easy, inexpensive, and one DIY weekend project that goes a long way toward helping out the planet – everybody wins!
With just a few items, you can be well on your way to composting in no time at all!
The benefits of home composting to the environment are infinite. But the one that really resonated with me, causing me to take the compost-plunge, was the fact that the food that ends up in landfills actually causes many problems because the lack of oxygen means it doesn’t break down. Each household could divert 700 lbs. of waste per year by composting. That qualified it as a no-brainer for me.
But, like most people, I am busy with kids and a career, so I had to find a method that works for my family: Enter the Plastic Storage Bin. This is one of the easiest ways to compost at home. It works well for any size home, even small apartments – and there is no commitment here – you can move it, use it or scrap it at any time. All you need are a few items and a few minutes to get started.
What To Do:
Just drill holes all over the box, a few inches apart for airflow. That’s it! Wasn’t that easy? Now layer your compost materials in the bin. It helps to keep a counter-top compost bin by the sink so you don’t have to run outside every time you want to peel an apple. Once a week or so, give the big bin a shake and pretty soon you will enjoy rich (and free!) compost for all of your gardening needs!
Do you have any good composting tips? Leave a comment!
I’m always on the hunt for cheap and eco-friendly things to make my life a bit easier. Who knew I could store my wine using both! These wine storage modules from Storvino are strong and lightweight – the perfect bin for your wine! These crate style modules have vertical stacking guides and special connecter ports, which means a steady, sturdy and ideal place to store your special bottles.
The perfect multi-purpose workhorse, Storvino plastic bins can be used in the house to conveniently store wine, in the car to load up with your favorite vintages from the wine shop, and as a wine carrier for transport in between!
These also make great gifts! You can purchase them in quantities of one, three, or six. STORViNO Wine Crates are proud to be made in the United States with a manufacturer who operates the largest plastics harvesting program in the country. STORViNO has been assured continuous access to high quality 100% Recycled High Density Polyethylene, previously in the form of grocery carts, bread and beverage trays, produce bins, solid waste containers and milk crates that have been retired.
I love salad! I bring a giant one to work with me almost every day. It’s inexpensive and healthy, and doesn’t leave me feeling too full to work after lunch.
Up until now, though, I didn’t have a good way to transport them here. Sometimes I buy the bagged salads and I just grab that and a bottle dressing in the morning and I’m good to go. But usually, I make my own salads from the fresh veggies I get at the market.
Most days, however, I find myself in such a rush that this poses a problem. If I don’t have tome to make my salad before I leave the house, I have to load up a grocery bag with the lettuce, carrots, peppers, walnuts, apple, dressing, etc. And then I wind up taking all the room in our little mini fridge at work with my melange of vegetables. I’m not too popular at work on those days. 🙂
I found a cool plastic bin from my salads on Stacks and Stacks that’s perfect for me! It’s called the Salad Shaker. All it takes is a bit of planning to remember to make the salad the night before. The bowl part of the container hold 4 cups of salad. The lid has an ice pack in it, so I just freeze it the night before when I make my salad and it’ll keep my salad cool for 6 hours without the fridge the next day! The lid also had a cool little compartment that holds the dressing separate from my salad so I don’t have to drag along the entire bottle. I just open the little spout and it pours onto my salad, then I shake the container to evenly distribute the dressing all over my salad!
The lid also has a compartment for the included fork and knife, and a power bar or granola bar, too! Pretty nifty, eh? All for under $10!
I love to use a small plastic bin to put all my seasoning packets in. For the most part they are the same size and it’s easy to keep them all in one spot together. The bin fits nicely in the cabinet and takes up little space. You can get a small tub or plastic container in almost any size to fit in your cabinet how you’d like.
2 – Tupperware Lids –
Now, this might seem silly but if you have as many Tupperware and left-over dishes as me, you know how confusing and frustrating finding a lid can be. A plastic container is the perfect way to keep all the lids together. When you need to find a lid, just get your container out and quickly find what you are looking for. It sure beats digging around and getting all the dishes out of place.
3 – Onions and Potatoes –
An open stackable plastic container is perfect for storing onions, potatoes and much more. The stackable piece can fit in the pantry or in a large cabinet. I combine mine in one container that is at the bottom of the pantry. The beauty of this is that if you ever forget about that last potato, like I have, then you’ll be able to throw your bin in the bathtub and wash it with soap and hot water. Couldn’t be easier!
4 – Food –
Plastic tubs are great for storing certain foods. Items like bags of sugar, flour and pasta are likely to attract little pests and are better off stored in an airtight container. It is the cheapest and most effective way to preventing and ensuring there isn’t anything in that sugar that isn’t sweet!
5 – Under the kitchen sink –
It’s funny how sometimes when an item doesn’t have a home it goes under the kitchen sink. Plastic bins are perfect for organizing the stuff that gets shoved under the sink. Even better, you can easily take the bin out and sit it on the counter when you are looking for something rather than hunching over to dig through everything. I suggest putting your cleaning chemicals in one bin, cleaning utensils in another and random stuff in a bin of its own. That way, all your items will be separated, organized and contained.