Eco-Friendly Living, Storage & Organization, Thrifting, Upcycling, Trash Picking

2 Upcycled & Free Storage Ideas

Happy Tuesday, people!  I’m still catching up from being out of town for 5 days, so pardon me if I just share a quick storage and organizing tip with y’all today. (Whoops!  Did I just say “y’all?”  I guess a little bit of Nashville snuck home in my vocabulary!)

Several of you’ve requested I share more tips on DIY-ing inexpensive or free storage ideas – so here’s a peek at a few ways I created free storage in my basement work room overhaul.

1.  Repurpose Cardboard Boxes

If you have the space to do so, always store a few cardboard boxes.  They make great, customizable  storage containers!  (Remember how I used them to create fabric-covered storage bins in my bedroom?)

After a few swipes of the razor blade, a skinny, rectangular box (similar to a cereal box) was turned into the perfect filing place for all my sheets of sandpaper.  You know what else it would work well as?  A magazine file!  All you’d need to do is cover it with a bit of pretty fabric or paper, and voila!

2.  Save Take-Out Containers

I recently used some take-out containers to create simple and functional hat storage on my studio walls.  But that’s not all these containers are good for!  I stockpile them like crazy, because you never know when they’ll come in handy.

Ryan’s new toolbox provided the perfect landing pad for all sorts of smaller hardware pieces, but I didn’t want to throw them in there to make one big, jumbled mess.   I turned to my trusty stash of Chinese (or Thai) food take-out containers, slapped some Dymo labels on those babies, and instantly had grabbable containers for things like electrical tape, curtain hardware, etc.  This way, whenever I need something that’s stored in the toolbox, I’ll be able to easily sort and find it.  An added bonus?  Once I find the items I need, I can easily transport them to the room I’m using them in, without having to lug around the whole tool chest.

And remember – if you want to have containers on hand to work with, then be sure to have a large container for the stash somewhere.  I keep mine in a few bins in the basement storage room, and I save everything from the containers pictured above to glass jars to tea tins, and more.   Pretty much, if it’s a useful seeming container, and it’s clean [not to mention cute], I save it!

However, don’t turn into a hoarder.  Over Christmas I had to go through my stash of cardboard boxes and select some for recycling, because it was getting out of hand.

That’s it for today.  I promise to share the awesome nuggets of info I learned at Blissdom later this week – I just need some time to put them all together, but I also didn’t want to go crazy with Blissdom overload on the blog, in case some of you aren’t so interested in it!

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  • Reply Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons at 9:57 am

    I never thought of using takeout containers for wires/batteries/cords/etc… It’s funny b/c I won’t let them touch my food again once they have served their purpose — this is a perfect way to re-use!

  • Reply Heather @ REOlisticRenovation at 12:50 pm

    Good idea with the containers! I never thought about that before.

  • Reply Sunny's Life in Rehab at 4:54 pm

    As I sit here reading this in my cubicle, I have behind me a manila folder box and a printer paper box to drag home. And I’ve made magazine files from cereal boxes. We are peas in a pod.

  • Reply Jen at 12:51 pm

    Yes Yes and Yes!

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