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Plastic Storage Boxes - A Godsend For Us Packrats!

Updated on September 16, 2009

When it comes to being well organized, this seems to be a growing trend among many people. Plastic storage boxes are something that can help you tremendously in your efforts to become well organized. In fact, you don't even need to be a pack rat like me to appreciate all the benefits that come from plastic storage boxes. Giant airtight top four contenders for all my stuff... awesome. We'll take a look at a few tips when it comes to storage, why plastic storage boxes are such a great asset, as well as a few specifics on what kind of plastic storage box to get depending on what it is exactly your putting away in storage.

One of the great things about plastic storage boxes is the variety of shapes, sizes, and “looks” that you get them in. For example, being able to stack plastic storage boxes securely on top of each other with interlocking shapes makes the storage process a whole lot easier. In addition, when you're not using them, the fact that they stacked neatly one inside the other makes things much easier. While clear plastic storage boxes typically make the most sense is you can see what's inside, for those that like to have a little bit of creative fun, you can also get various “designer” varieties in different patterns and colors.

Plastic Storage Boxes Are A Compulsive Organizer's Dream!

flickr image by random vintage finds
flickr image by random vintage finds

When it comes to storing away seasonal items in plastic storage boxes, here are a few tips you might want follow. First of all, before you put anything away for any amount of time in a plastic storage box, make sure it's in good shape. What I mean is if it's broken, fix it before you store it. If it's dirty, wash it clean it before you store it. If it's no good at all anymore, just rode away. Trust me, coming from a lifelong packrat, getting rid of old junky stuff can be a tremendous relief.

Also, even if you are using a clear plastic storage boxes where you can see what you have inside, labeling each box will make things easier when it comes time to unpack things. You can always see everything that you have inside from the outside. Labeling is easy, quick, and it will save you tons of time in the long run. Also, try to put similar things together in your plastic storage boxes. Mixing things up haphazardly, I promise you, is going to be a big pain in the you know what down the road.

flickr image by random vintage finds
flickr image by random vintage finds

Plastic storage boxes are wonderful for protecting your valuables. The truth is, there are a lot of things that are personal “valuables” aren't ever going to go into a safe or safe-deposit box. Old record albums, comic books, photos and photo albums for example are all things that can be priceless to an individual. The old-fashioned way of storing them, in cardboard boxes, is just so passé. I mean, a little bit of rain or other humidity, super hot, dry weather, rodents and bugs... all these things can destroy a cardboard storage box in no time flat. With your locking lid plastic storage boxes you know that your valuables are safe from beasties and from the elements.

One thing to keep in mind though, especially if you're storing paper goods such as the photos, photo albums, comic books or record albums is to make sure that your plastic storage boxes are PVC free. This will ensure the longevity of your paper products. Small precautions like this can save you in measurable heart ache down the road.

There's no doubt that plastic storage boxes are simple yet underappreciated tool that can be used in all sorts of personal endeavors. With just the slightest bit of upfront effort on your part you can be sure that everything you put away today will not only be there for you later when he was recovering, but you know that it'll be in great shape for you. You can find all varieties of plastic storage boxes at local stores such as Target, Wal-Mart, Home Depot and other such stores. And of course you can find all the plastic storage boxes you could dream of by doing a simple Internet search.


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