Nobody wants to live in a messy, cluttered house. I’m sure many of you have all seen horrific reality TV shows showing the homes of hoarders — Mounds of months-old trash, rooms filled to the ceiling with old boxes from 1987, the desiccated remains of a pet cat crushed by a tower of old newspapers. If you don’t take certain precautions, you could be next.
Storage boxes are your first line of defense against mess and disorganization. You might’ve seen a storage box for sale at the mall and decided to buy one. If you have no clue how to store, arrange and organize the things in your life, here are a few helpful uses for your new storage boxes.
1 – Clothing storage
Running out of closet space? Store your clothes in storage boxes. Put it in your closet or around the bed foot area for easy access. For added organization, earmark one storage box for different categories: Everyday wear, seasonal clothing and even linens. No need to reach for the back of some dark shelf, when everything is within reach in a storage box.
2 – Garage hardware
Plastic storage boxes are heavy-duty, and can keep your tools and small machines in safe, dry conditions for a long time. You can even store sports equipment and cleaning agents in one of these boxes. Just don’t forget to label them.
3 – Patio
Keep a box or two in your patio and have everything within easy reach. Store spare pillows or blankets for outdoor gatherings. Put in some ice and use it as a treasure box-like drink cooler. Your imagination is the limit for organizing outdoor items.
4 – Toys in the playroom
Kids can be messy creatures, and nobody wants find their child crying because they stepped on a Lego brick. Keep all the toys in your kids’ playroom in a storage box. Teach them the value of cleanliness by telling them to return the toys to the box after use. No need to look around the house for a missing teddy, everything should be in the playroom box.
5 – Gardening implements
Fancy yourself the amateur gardener? No greenhouse is complete without a sturdy, waterproof storage box. Perfect for all your gardening tools and implements and more! Store fertilizer in a box — keeps the moisture out and the goodness in.
6 – Pantry protection
Protect your food from unwanted pests by storing them in a plastic safe container. Keep your dry goods, non-perishables, and grains safe from pesky intruders and slow decay from moisture in the air. Sugar attracting ants? No problem! Just put it in an airtight box and the critters will go away.
7 – Camping stockpile
If you’re out on a camping trip, it might be a good idea to bring a storage container along. Keeping all your food and other camping essentials in one centralized location allows for easy access and protection.
Storage boxes and you
We’ve all been to a house and thought, “This place could do a bit of cleaning.” Maybe the walls need some scrubbing, or the trash needs throwing. But even the cleanest homes can look dirty if your belongings are all over the place. All that disorganisation makes finding things infinitely more difficult, and could also turn dangerous. You’d have no idea what sort of creatures have made your mess their home. Always remember: A clean and organized home is a safe home.
People have always thought that storage boxes are just for long-term storage. But as I’ve shown you, there are other uses for storage boxes. Not just for the attic, but the kitchen, the bedroom, even the playroom. Yes, they keep your stuff. But if you expand your imagination, you’d see that every place needs a sense of organisation. Perhaps you could even think of a new use for storage boxes that I haven’t thought of.