While most people prefer to live in a house with a lived in look, there’s a fine line between a space looking lived in and looking cluttered. Look around your home and see what’s in it. If you think it looks more messy than homey, then it might be time to start investing in storage and organisation solutions such as storage boxes. Organising your items and having the proper storage can go a long way in keeping your home neat and clutter-free.
Mentally gather all your belongings and ask yourself whether you really need them. While I’m sure that you can’t bear to part with your possessions, you have to consider whether they’re an asset or a liability. A box of old receipts and newsletters, you definitely need to throw away. Same goes for old t-shirts, socks with holes in them and that pile of greeting cards you couldn’t care less about. Some sentimental objects merit storage, however: your father’s collection of stamps, your kids’ artwork, your graduation photos. It’s all a matter of assigning value and priority to the things you want to keep and throw away.
Storage boxes provide good protection against clutter and disorganisation. There are lots of storage boxes for sale online, in a variety of sizes and materials. Without proper guidance, the abundance of choice might make selection infinitely more difficult. I have written this guide to help you choose the perfect storage box for you. Instead of wracking your brain over what kind of storage box to get, I have simplified the process by answering the questions you haven’t asked yet. Here are a few things you need to know before choosing a storage box to serve your needs.
What are you going to use it for?
Are you going to use it for safekeeping or for decoration? Some storage boxes are designed to blend into the room’s design, and can be used to display books and other ornaments, and house regularly used items such as keys and wallets that can’t be left just lying around anywhere.
The more utilitarian storage boxes have more basic designs and are designed to be kept in the attic, basement, the garage or any room designated to keep long-term storage. They are used to house items that are infrequently used, or hold some special or sentimental value. Storage boxes are also used to safeguard items for transit, such as when moving houses.
What do you need it for?
Knowing what you are going to keep in storage can help narrow down the box you’re going to get. For instance, for holding items set for transport, basic plastic boxes are a popular choice for larger items, and heavy-duty cardboard boxes are also common for small or light items.
If you are looking for a container for long term storage, such as basements, garages and attics, you need a box that can withstand cold and damp conditions. Do not choose storage boxes that are made from permeable and decomposable materials such as wood, leather and cardboard.
Not all storage need to be hidden away from plain sight. Some can be displayed for all to see. The best decorative storage are made from attractive materials such as wicker, ceramic and wood. While most come pre-designed, some storage solutions allow the user to express their creativity.
Toy storage boxes can be either wooden or plastic, and ideally should be designed in a way that can stimulate the child’s imagination and blend well with the room’s playful aesthetics.
How big or small is it?
The container’s size is often the first feature that buyers think of first. But instead of fixating on the box’s size, focus on the volume and amount of the things you’re going to put in the box. Choosing the largest box for a few items is an inefficient way to organising your storage.
Tailor fit the box to the objects, instead of the other way around. You don’t have unlimited space for keeping storage boxes, and your goal is to minimise the space footprint while maximising storage.