Storage Containers

Choosing which storage containers to use is especially important when you have limited space.

Standardization

If at all possible try to standardize on a specific type and brand of container. The different sizes within a brand or product line are frequently multiples of each other which will help stacking and grouping with the least amount of wasted space. Containers with the least amount of tapering will be more stable when stacked. These tend to be more expensive due to increased shipping cost.

Containers with the least amount of tapering will be more stable when stacked. These tend to be more expensive due to increased shipping cost. 

Individual manufactures and containers

ArtBin – A more expensive option but very flexible with their removable dividers.
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Steralite (Target, Amazon) – These come in many sizes and are inexpensive, frequently on sale. 

IRIS – Like Steralite they numerous options and sizes.
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Curver Grey Basketweave Storage Bin sold at the container store (item 10057478) – Reasonably priced and versatile for larger bags.

Clear plastic shoebox (home depot) – Very inexpensive but lower quality boxes.

Tilt stacking drawer (Harbor Freight) – https://www.harborfreight.com/4-in-stacking-tilt-bin-56327.html?_br_psugg_q=tilt+bin

Most containers are tapered and do not provide the smaller inner dimensions. If you are purchasing a container for a specific item like a MOC be sure to check the width and height at the bottom.

Container measurements are generally provided for the widest points, usually at the top. Most containers are tapered and do not provide the smaller inner dimensions. If you are purchasing a container for a specific item like a MOC be sure to check the width and height at the bottom.

Shelves and enclosures

Ikea Trofast – Cabinet that holds pull-out plastic tubs

Ikea Billy – Standard type bookshelf, good for vertical storage.

Fabric pattern drawers – good for holding shallow containers.

Wall mounted wire shelving – Inexpensive and flexible but requires hardware, likely can’t be used unless you own the space.

Purchasing locations

Storage options are not always cheap and it’s easy to spend a lot of money quickly. Following is a list of my go to purchase locations. Note that some of these are US only.

JoAnne Fabrics – They have the best sales of anyone. It is not uncommon for storage sales of 40-50% to occur which includes ArtBin.  

Harbor Freight – Their selection is limited but the prices are significantly lower than anywhere else.

Target – Consistently low prices. Brand selection tends to be narrow with Sterilite having the greatest number.

Amazon – Large selection but prices can vary wildly over time. I find that some containers will suddenly only be available from 3rd party sellers for weeks or months at a time. If you find a good deal I would suggest ordering as many as possible at that time. Some items are available to Prime members only.

Container Store – Large and varied selection but typically the most expensive option. Sales tend to be infrequent compared to other stores but can be good deals.

Walmart – I’m not a big fan but sometimes they’ll have inexpensive options.

If you have ideas that work for you please send them in.

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