9 Ways to Use Plastic Storage Containers

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Plastic storage containers are the best way to store and organize out-of-season or specialty clothing items. (Think: Halloween costumes or your unfortunate but just-can't-quit-them collection of Christmas sweaters).


  • Versatile: Plastic shields clothing from the elements, like a damp basement or a dusty attic.
  • Functional: Square and uniformly-sized, they can be stacked in corners or on high shelves utilizing every inch of your storage space.
  • Easy-to-Use: Clear plastic means you can easily retrieve items from the correct storage container without rummaging around.
  • 01 of 09

    For General Clothing Storage

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    Not only for clothes storage, these locking lid containers are useful for the attic, basement, garage, or in the kitchen. Just make sure you don't store plastic near anything too hot--like a furnace or stove. The 15 qt. size makes them very flexible for small odds and ends.

  • 02 of 09

    To Store Odds and Ends in Drawers

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    A plastic rolling cart to help you store odds and ends. This three drawer rolling cart is mobile because it's on wheels and can be quickly used in different spaces. 

  • 03 of 09

    For the Garage and Outdoor Spaces

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     Use these more heavy-duty plastic containers in your garage, on your patio, in the shed and any other outdoor storage space you have. Use these for:

    • Sports equipment
    • Tools
    • Cleaning supplies
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    For Storing Files

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    This extra large file tote box should be large enough to fit files for a household of 2 or less. Once you begin adding ​new people, you probably need to graduate to an actual file cabinet. 

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  • 05 of 09

    For Accessories

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    You can use accessory boxes to store scarves, gloves, hats, chunky jewelry, and hosiery, but you can also think outside the box (pun intended). Here are some other ideas for the smaller accessory box:

    • Desk accessories
    • Tools
    • Cables and wires
    • Travel toiletries
    • Toys

    The list could go on and on.

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    For Holiday Decor, Outdoor Entertaining, and Large Kitchen Items

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    22-gallon plastic storage containers are a great, multi-use option:

    • Roomy enough to fit more than a hat; while being,
    • Small enough for a woman to easily carry.

    The size also guarantees you won't be weighing the container down to the point where it's unsafe to ease it off a high shelf.

    TIP: Buy in bulk to ensure you'll be able to stack these containers neatly. They are designed to "fit" together.

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    For Papers and Crafts

    Plastic storage containers for papers

    Perfect for storing papers, documents and crafting materials, these flat, shorted boxes will fit in any closet or storage space. Use these for:

    • Gift wrapping materials
    • Craft materials
    • Files
    • Accessories like scarves, gloves, and hats
    • School supplies
  • 08 of 09

    Sweater and Bulky Clothing Items

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    Sweater storage is a delicate art. Sweaters, typically made of cotton, wool, or cashmere, aren't content to just sit around in any old box during the hot summer months. They need to breathe and they need protection from the elements. These deep, plastic storage boxes ensure you won't cram them on top of each other to fit them, and the plastic will protect​ the fabric from dust and humidity.

    TIP: Since these boxes are on the large size, do not store them higher than your torso. Pulling them down off of a high shelf could be dangerous.

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  • 09 of 09

    Open Top Box

    Open top plastic storage container

    These open-top boxes are extremely useful for items you need to put in storage but need to access often. Here's what to store in these boxes: