Think Outside the (Plastic) Box

by | Feb 2021


Old Suitcases Stacked On Top Of Each Other


Organizing is so much more than filling up well-labeled plastic bins. It can be both decorative and thematic. Use items you already have, and think outside the (plastic) box. Creating themes based on things you love personalizes the process and even makes organizing fun.

Do you have a penchant for travel? Look around your home for extra luggage tags, old hard-sided luggage, antique travel trunks or toiletry organizers.

Luggage tags are great to place on baskets and bins. Snap a picture of the bins’ contents, and place it where the address normally goes. Attach the tag to the bin or basket. This is particularly helpful for toys and pantry items. If you have small children, start with a picture of the contents, and graduate to words when they start learning to read.  

Old trunks are perfect for storing bedding and blankets.  Place the trunk at the foot of a bed, or use them as a nightstand. Trunks are handy inside by an exterior door to store shoes and use as a seat, where anyone can sit to put on their shoes or boots.

Similar to old trucks, hard-sided luggage can be used as decorative storage.  Stack the luggage to create a side table, and place reading materials, DVDs or remote controls on or in them.  Since you likely won’t be accessing the lowest trunk, store valuables or items you rarely utilize. Smaller luggage can be turned into decorative shelves. Place some of your favorite travel photos and books on top.

If you live in a small space, where bathroom cabinetry storage is limited, toiletry organizers can be hung on the wall or back of the door.  This method is ideal for jewelry, bathroom essentials and, of course, toiletries!  

Kira Vanderlan operates Zestful Design, a home and business decluttering, organization and interior design company with a focus on mindfulness.


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