Category Archives: Plastic Bins for Outdoors

How to make a compost bin with a simple plastic tote

“Compost is an organic matter that has been decomposed and recycled as a fertilizer or soil amendment.”

Thanks, Wiki. But how do you make a compost bin? A quick Pinterest search can lead to premature exhaustion and overwhelming apathy. Do not fret, you do not need to go all out to create a simple home compost bin. Thankfully, there is an easy and inexpensive way.

I’m always trying to find new, unique ways to use those plastic totes that line my basement walls. As I watched the slowly changing leaves this weekend, it hit me: compost bin.

Here is a simple step by step process on how to make a compost bin:

Take your pick

Find a plastic bin fit for the job. Whether you have on laying around or must purchase one, make sure it is tall. At least two feet. And it must have a very secure, latching lid to keep our any curious critters.

Once you have a bin picked out, grab a drill or a hammer and nail to create air holes. Put at least eight hols in the bottom of the bin and in the lid. This will allow for proper air circulation and therefore even composting.

Fill it up

Back to those leaves. If you have them, collect some dry leaves from the yard and fill a quarter of the  bin with them. You can also use newspaper for this, but I really recommend the dry leaves for a more pure compost.

Next is dirt. You can buy some for a hardware store or just dig it out of the ground at home. Either way, fill the bin with dirt until it is half full.


Next, just add you food waste.  Every time you add waste to the bin, make sure to stir it gently with a shovel or hand spade. Then spray it lightly with water until it is moist — you do not want to make it too wet. Be gentle!

Finally, just place the DIY compost bin somewhere outside in the shade so it doesn’t dry out. Come spring, you will have the best fertilizer for your gardens. And the cycle continues!

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How to build a cat shelter with plastic bins

Winter weather can be deadly for our feline friends.

If you’re  a cat lover like me, it can be difficult to ignore the feral kitties that come begging for food. Sometimes these felines come knocking, but for whatever reason we just cannot welcome them into our homes. That doesn’t mean we can’t help.

The colder months are creeping in on us. Whether you have feral cats that roam your yard or just prefer letting your pets explore the outdoors, plastic bins can be used to make some inexpensive, very cozy kitty homes.

How to build a cat shelter

The easiest way to create a DIY cat shelter is by stacking two different sized plastic bins. Use a large plastic bin as the main unit, cutting  entrance and exit holes. Then place the smaller bin inside and cut matching holes. From here, fill the space between the bins with your choice of insulation to help maintain body heat. Put the lid on the smaller bin and place more insulation on top. Next, put the lid on top of the large bin and – voila – kitty house!

Ideas for insulation include: blankets, foam insulation and straw. If you’re not sold on the plastic bins, consider:

  • A styrofoam cooler
  • Picnic cooler
  • Storage bins

What to keep in mind

When building an outdoor shelter for family or feral cats, remember:

  • Keep shelters away from dogs!
  • Keep shelters out of sight from any indoor cats you may have. When indoor kitties get a glimpse of other strange cats roaming around their domain, it may trigger some aggressive behavior inside the home.
  • Consider cutting two entrances so cats have an escape if confronted by opossums, raccoons or other rodents.

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Plastic Bins to Keep In Your Car

Collapsible CrateWe all sing the praises of how useful plastic bins are for storage around the home, but what about in the car?  Turns out they can help with so many things outside of the home as well!

Here is a run down of how to pick and what to use for different types of plastic bins in your car:

  • Collapsible Crate – These fold flat and can be used for everything from keeping grocery bags upright to eliminating your use of grocery bags all together!
  • Lidded Plastic Box –  A small, file size lidded plastic box is a wonderful thing in the trunk of a car.  There are a million plus uses for it.  Here, just a few that I can think of:
  • Extra Shoes – after a day in the mud (or after an unfortunate step in doggie waste), you can rest assured that your carpet and upholstery will remain stain (and stink) free thanks to extra shoes and a container in which to put the dirty ones.
  • Hiking/Nature Kit:  If you find yourself spending more and more time outdoors these days, why not stock your car with essential tools for enjoying nature such as a frisbee, binoculars and sunblock.
  • Emergency Kit – This goes without saying, every car should keep a fully stocked emergency kit for both roadside emergencies and weather emergencies.  Toss a first aid kit in there as well for last minute injuries and illness.
  • Kids Kit – Not just for the trunk, plastic bins find uses all over the car.  In the front passenger seat, moms and dads can set up a kids kit for unexpected delays in the car.  Stock it with items such as snacks, water, coloring supplies, toys, and a few good kids music CDs.  Next time you find yourself in traffic, you will be thankful to have all of this stuff on hand to avoid messy tantrums that are caused by bored, tired or hungry little ones.

Now that you have your home storage under control, get a grip on that car where we spend more and more time these days with some handy, compact plastic bins!

Plastic Bins and Crates on the Go…

Polymer Logistics - 1/2 Collapsible Box BinWhen 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!

Barbeque Party – Plastic Charcoal Bin for Summer Fun

Kingsford Kaddy Charcoal DispenserOur 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!

You’re Not The Only One Who Needs UV Protection

I have many friends that have relocated to the southwest in the last few years. For some of my friends, the cost of living is unbeatable, others have moved for the health benefits of living in a dry desert climate, and other for job opportunities. They tell me that fall-spring the weather is unmatched, bringing pleasantly warm days and cool evenings. This all must sound idyllic, but there is one downside to summer living in the Sun Belt: Summer weather.

Apparently it is not just the heat that makes the summers so insufferable, but also the shear strength of the sun constantly bearing down on you. It makes applying sunscreen become a daily ritual, something to be done right after brushing your teeth but before you put your shoes on.

Now imagine how fried your skin would get in that brutal summer swelter and apply that to your outdoor cushions. While you can put on all the zinc oxide and SPF 50 you want, there is no cure-all when it comes to protecting your cushions from UV rays. Most every home in that part of the country has a deck and a yard, so this is an issue for just about every resident.

Deck Box - Extra Large - Patio Chair Cushion Storage - Outdoor Storage Bench

Deck Box – Extra Large – Patio Chair Cushion Storage – Outdoor Storage Bench

The best way to keep your cushions and other sensitive outdoor décor safe from not only the damaging effects of UV rays and heat, but also keeps moisture out when the occasional desert storm rolls on through. It is important when selecting a patio storage box that you find one that has excellent UV resistance, because otherwise you will be replacing that at the end of the summer instead of your seat cushions.

The Deck Box – Extra Large – Patio Chair Cushion Storage – Outdoor Storage Bench is an excellent example, as it stands up well to both UV rays and moisture. The lid seals the contents in tight, plus it doubles as an outdoor bench when closed.

With a deck box keeping your patio cushions free from sitting out in the sun for hours, it will extend their lifetime by years. Nothing is worse than crumbling vinyl seat cushions, slowly wearing down over time and making huge messes. By storing the cushions when they are not in use, you will save money and the frustration of deteriorating pads.

Sporting Goods Storage Solution

I am proud to say that I have raised some very active kids. They love playing all sorts of sports, from soccer and basketball to golf and tennis. When summer comes around, that means it is time for sports camps! Between my three kids, we usually have them signed up for five or six camps that span the entire length of the summer months.

It is very rewarding to see your children excel and enjoy sports and other activities. The only issue with them being so involved in sports is the need for all the accessories that go along with them. We have four or five baseball gloves, a couple basketballs, footballs, soccer balls, etc. I do not have any convenient storage spaces that are large enough to house all of this equipment in one space, so often we lose it or it is left outside and gets ruined.

Deck Storage Box with Seat Top - 129 gallon

Deck Storage Box with Seat Top – 129 gallon

This summer I decided that I would stop re-buying this sporting equipment and just invest in a storage bin that is large enough to house all the stuff in one place. Instead of wasting my money year after year replacing gloves and balls, I just plopped my money down in one sitting. There are a variety of storage boxes, but I knew that I wanted something made out of plastic or other weather-resistant material.

The Deck Storage Box with Seat Top – 129 gallon was the perfect place to keep the sporting equipment, plus it has an attractive design and a convenient seat that allows it to double as a bench. 129 gallons is a substantial amount of storage, but with my three kids it was not enough, so I got two. Luckily they look great on my patio, and now I do not have to replace my outdoor benches when they eventually wear out.

Keeping Summer Supplies In Check with Plastic Bins

Keeping all those summer toys contained can be a challenge. From pool toys to baseball equipment there are always items kicking around the house that could use a place of their own. Using heavy duty storage boxes to keep everything organized and in its place is an easy way to store them year round.

A large, sturdy bin like the Plastic Storage Box (set of 6) 30 gallons is perfect for storing camping supplies, or other seasonal toys that only get used in the summer. Bring these bins out of storage when warm weather rolls around.

Plastic Storage Box (set of 6) 30 gallons

Plastic Storage Box (set of 6) 30 gallons

For items you want access to year round a clear bin makes it easy to always find what you’re looking for. The Clear Storage Box-44 Qt.(6) clips closed and has a durable design great for holding larger, heavy items. A stackable design makes these boxes easy to store everywhere from the closet to the garage.

Clear Storage Box-44 Qt.(6)

Clear Storage Box-44 Qt.(6)

Don’t have a garage where you can store all your heavy duty items? Use bins like the Set of 6 Large Clip Boxes for convenient under bed storage, perfect for the apartment. A clear design makes it easy to see the contents of the box, so it can be pulled out and you can immediately see what’s inside. This bin also has a narrow enough design that it can be stored underneath a couch or in a closet. Holding everything from sporting equipment to pool towels, these bins are a great choice.

Set of 6 Large Clip Boxes

Set of 6 Large Clip Boxes

There is always a good use around the house for storage bins, even when they are no longer needed for summer toys. Use them to store holiday decorations, seasonal clothes or anything else you can think of. These durable bins will last for years to come and will always have a place in your home.

Kingsford Kaddy Charcoal Dispenser Bin – Just In Time For BBQ Season

What’s summertime without some time spent at the grill? Everyone loves a cookout, but creating an outdoor cooking space in the backyard can be a challenge. Finding the right storage for grilling supplies makes it easy to get the grill going without having to do lots of cleanup before. When it comes to grilling everything from fish to vegetables having the right tools ensure your next cookout will be a success.

Kingsford Kaddy Charcoal Dispenser

Kingsford Kaddy Charcoal Dispenser

The Kingsford Kaddy Charcoal Dispenser is ideal for storing barbecue fuel. Have a built in barbecue with storage in the backyard? Use this compact canister to keep charcoal dry and at the ready. If you don’t have outdoor storage and have to keep charcoal inside, this handy plastic bin is easy to carry and has a clear design that allows you to see what’s inside so finding it is a breeze. Storing charcoal in a dispenser keeps everything neatly contained so it can be stored anywhere from the pantry to the garage.

Once the grill is going make sure you have all the tools you need. When cooking harder to handle items like ribs or vegetables that can slip through the grill having specially design racks ensures everything stays in place and is properly cooked. A rib rack helps keep ribs perfectly positioned for cooking, while a grill mat with a finer mesh grid ensures items can’t fall through the grill or get too close to the heat. Don’t have enough prep space? Try a specially designed barbecue cutting board to add work space when it’s needed most.

When the grill isn’t in use it’s important to protect it from the elements. A grill cover protects your barbecue from dust and rain so your metal grill doesn’t rust and you can keep hands clean while grilling. Covers also prevent fading on painted grills. Look for a cover in a durable material with a snug fit so it stays in place.

Just a few tools and you’ll have everything you need!

Create Storage Outdoors With A Plastic Bin

I take great pride in my back yard! It’s a lot of work, but I find that maintaining it and making it pretty is both fun and therapeutic.  And of course, I get numerous compliments on my ability to keep my property looking great.  But I have found that it is not just a matter of planting beautiful flowers and adding garden accents.  Having a back yard to be proud of also means keeping things properly stored.  For me, that meant finding a clever way to store chair cushions (during bad weather season), pool toys and accessories, and other things that randomly end up in the yard.

patio deck outdoor storage box

patio deck outdoor storage box

The 99 gallon patio deck outdoor storage box that I found online has been a dream come true!  When considering what kind of storage container to get for my aforementioned items, I knew that it would definitely have to be water proof.  Which ruled out a wooden storage box, but I love the look of wood, so at first I was disappointed that I would have to sacrifice that.  However, this plastic bin deck box has the look of real wood with a nice taupe finish that looks like painted wood. So I really got the best of both worlds with that.

Also, there is always a need for extra seating in my back yard. During the warm months I love to entertain and although I have patio furniture, there still seems to never be enough seating!  So the plastic storage box I use to store yard items can be used as a bench for a couple when needed.  As an extra bonus, I have the option of locking the storage box’s lid, just in case.