>> Requested topic In many of my tips I suggest putting things in storage bins. But I should point out that there are some strong ground rules around using tubs / bins / totes and storage devices to help you organize your things.
1 >> Not a dumping ground. First of all, bins are not to be used to stash, dump or hide things you don't want to deal with right now. The point is to organize first, store like things together, then label and store.
2 >> Material matters. I like when totes are see through, clear plastic so it is easy to see what is inside without opening the bin up. They should be sturdy enough to hold the weight of what is inside and have a tight fitting lid, making it easy to stack them when needed. A tight fitting lid will also keep out moisture if stored in a damp basement or garage. I like this smaller size because it is harder to overfill them and it is easier to store and lift them.
3 >> Have a limit. In general you really want to limit the number of bins you have. Even if all of your bins are labeled and organized, you really need to ask yourself how much stuff you want to keep track of, store and organize. If you are storing things in an off-site storage warehouse, email me and we'll talk.
4 >> Where they go. Ideally you'll keep them off the ground to avoid water damage, mold or anything else getting inside and ruining the contents. Keep heavier totes on lower shelves so you don't have to lift them as far. If you don't have built-in shelves you can use a baker's rack or a storage rack that is not connected to the wall. If you don't have any shelves or a rack, find something you can put the totes on to lift them off the ground like a wood palette.