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Kid Proof Toy Bins

Updated on October 4, 2014

Are you frustrated by storage bins that get cracked, broken, and eventually destroyed? I found a quality solution that is also affordable.

A few days ago I threw away a laundry basket we were using to store wooden blocks, because it eventually just fell apart. A Rubbermaid type storage bin we use to store toy trains has a cracks in both the bin and the lid. I don't think our kids are unusually harsh on things, I think they are just kids. Cost is King, and the market is flooded with low cost products to appease the masses. My strategy is to find quality products from non-traditional sources, while keeping cost in mind.

The last Toy bin you'll buy

My solution is to buy products made for tougher/harsher environments, for use at home. I recommend the Giant stackable bins from Uline. Uline is a warehouse supply company, with fantastic customer service and fast order fulfillment. These bins are made to take abuse from constant warehouse handling, so I know they will survive my kids and future generations. And best of all, they won't break the bank. They range in cost from $10 to $15 each, and come in three colors, Blue, Red or Grey. There are three sizes, and the like sizes can stack on top of each other. Uline stakes its reputation on quality, and everything I've ordered from them is top of the line, yet affordable. You cannot buy one at a time. Depending on the size you will need to buy 2, 3, or 4 at a time, so plan your storage needs ahead. You would get one color per carton, so if you would like to mix colors you would need to buy multiple cartons. Remember, quality products are always economical, even if you pay more up front it is always better than needing to replace cheap products multiple times.

Preserving our Planet

Another reason to buy quality products, is that my broken laundry basket, and my toy train bin will eventually go to the landfill, where it is of no use to anyone. If we insist on quality, we are also preserving our environment. Uline bins will have a long and interesting lifespan. They may start in the kids room, then become a recycling bin, then maybe end up in a yard sale and start again. Quality is worth it.

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