Storage solution ideas for the kitchen, bathroom, dorm room, garage, and more.
If you’re looking for simple solutions to keep your leftovers fresh, look no further. The folks at Good Housekeeping magazine have taken care of the legwork for you and compiled a list of some of the best food storage containers. Here are a few of them:
–Snapware Total Solution Plastic Food Storage with Ice Pack. This food storage container comes with an ice pack to keep your food cold for hours. Plus, it has an airtight seal.
–Lifefactory Glass Storage with Silicone Protection. These storage containers do double duty as they are also oven-, microwave-, and freezer-safe, so you can cook with them then store the leftovers in them. Oh, and they’re dishwasher-safe, too.
–Cuisinart Smartrack Intelligent Storage Solution. This storage container has a QR code on the outside of it that you can scan and enter the type of food you’re storing inside with the SmarTrack app. The app can help you keep track of when your food is about to expire.
–NuWave Flavor Lockers Vacuum Storage Starter Set and Cuisinart Fresh Edge Vacuum Seal Food Storage System. Both of these storage systems let you draw out air from inside the containers to lock in freshness and flavor.
There are lots of options when it comes to storing your kids’ toys. For example, you could store stuffed animals in an indoor hammock like the Baby Buddy Up and Away Hammock. It’s a clever way to keep toys off the floor while arranging them in a nice display at the same time. Other toys can be placed in a toy chest or storage bin. Or, if you’ve got the space, you can store toys in a large cardboard box in the kids’ bedroom closet.
Looking for a good way to store LEGOs? Why not keep them in a LEGO storage drawer like the one sold by The Container Store. The Blue X-Large LEGO Storage Drawer is shaped like a big LEGO block and is stackable. According to The Container Store, “each LEGO container keeps contents dust-free, with a slide-out design for easy, instant access.”
8. College Dorm Rooms
As you know, dorm rooms can be tight spaces, especially if you have a roommate, or multiple roommates. To avoid all the clutter and mess, and to give yourself some breathing room, Bed Bath & Beyond recommends the following tips:
-Instantly free up closet space with an over-the-door shoe organizer.
-Use baskets and bins for additional storage space.
-Pack your belongings in a large trunk.
-Elevate your bed with bed lifts to create additional storage space underneath.
-Use hang hooks for coats, hats, and other garments.
Okay, men, if organizing the garage is on your wife’s honey-do list, then you’ll want to keep reading so you can get your garage in tiptop shape in a jiffy.
-DON’T store paint, propane, pet food, paper goods, or refrigerators in the garage. Here’s why: Extreme cold or heat can ruin paint. A spark could ignite the fumes from a propane tank. Paper goods attract roaches and other bugs. Critters can sniff out pet food and get into it. And, refrigerators drain a huge amount of energy when they’re kept in non-air-conditioned spaces.
-DO store items in stackable clear plastic bins with lids so you can see what’s in them. If you don’t have clear bins, make sure you label each one.
-DO store toxic items like lawn chemicals in a locked cabinet.
-DO use overhead space to store ladders, bicycles, and other such items.
-DO store tools on a metal pegboard, garden tool rack, or customizable wall rack.
6. Small Cardboard Boxes
Professional experts recommend using cardboard shoe boxes to store any and everything, even clothing. (At our house we started using an old Adidas shoe box to store puzzle pieces after the original puzzle box became damaged.)
If you happen to have smaller boxes, like a soap box, a jewelry box, or an old iPhone box, you can use them for “creating compartments within a drawer. They keep things from sliding around when you open the drawer and they’re lovely to look at,” Katrina Hassan, of Spark Joy London, said on Oprah.com.
5. Tiny Bathrooms
Got a small bathroom? There’s no need to fret. Just follow these space-saving tips to store your grooming and personal hygiene products:
-Store towels and toilet paper in baskets on the back of the toilet. Just be sure you don’t accidentally knock them over into the toilet.
-Attach small bins to the back of your cabinet doors to store things like combs, brushes, blow dryers, and curling irons.
-Use a Lazy Susan to store shampoo bottles and other hair care products.
-Place caddies under the sink for extra storage space.
-Use spice racks to store lotion, hairspray, and similar products.
-Install magnetic strips to store tweezers, bobby pins, and anything else that will stick to them.
-Use over-the-toilet storage shelves or cabinets for additional storage space.
4. Closet Space
Closets aren’t just a place for our clothes or linen. They’re also the perfect place to store stuff. For example, you can hang hooks on your closet doors to keep your jewelry, purses, and other similar items. Or, you can hang those items from the clothing rod in your closet. You can also use an over-the-door shoe organizer to store your shoes, of course, but also scarves and other small items. Lastly, if your closet is large enough, you can add a dresser to store your unmentionables. And, if push comes to shove, you can always remove the closet door to make more room for that dresser. Don’t worry, you can always hang a curtain in place of the door.
3. Household Items and Personal Belongings
How you store your valuables when moving or going on a long trip can mean the difference between a smooth packing and moving process and a mess of tangled cords, broken dishes, and clutter. Here are some simple packing solutions from the pros to help you save space and keep your valuables safe:
-Store knives in an oven glove.
-Pack plates and glasses vertically, so they’re less likely to get broken.
-Leave everything in your dresser drawers as is. There’s no need to pack that stuff up then unpack it again when you get to where you’re going. Instead, tape the drawers shut or wrap the entire thing in plastic. This will keep the drawers from falling open.
-Store electric cables inside empty toilet paper tubes to keep them from getting tangled.
-Store spices and other cupboard ingredients in slow cookers, pots, pans, and casserole dishes.
Did you know that there is a proper way to store tires? Believe it or not there is, and these little tips will come in handy for those of you who use more than one set of tires on a regular basis.
-Clean them before storing them.
-STOP storing your tires outside, in the garage, or in the trunk of your car! Instead, store them in something cool, dark and airtight, like a trash bag. The airtight bag will keep the lubricating oil in the tire compounds from evaporating.
-Store them upright. It puts less stress on your tires.
-Keep them out of the sun. You know how you were taught to avoid wearing dark clothing in the summer because they hold in heat? Well, the same thing applies to tires. They soak up the sun’s heat and can easily reach temperatures of over 120 degrees! The high heat, along with the sun’s ultraviolet rays, can break down the rubber in your tires.
-Don’t store them near anything that can generate ozone (e.g. furnaces, central vacuums, sump pumps, electric motors, etc.), as ozone can damage your tires.
-Don’t hang unmounted tires. They could become damaged.
-If your tires have whitewalls or white letters, stack them white-to-white and black-to-black to keep the whitewalls and lettering clean.
Storing your medications properly is very important. First, storing them in the right conditions keeps them working as they should. Second, storing them in the right place keeps them out of the wrong hands. Here are some tips on how to properly store your medications:
-The elements (air, heat, light, and moisture) can damage your medicines. Therefore, they should be stored in a cool, dry place. If you’re going to store them in your kitchen, make sure to keep them in cabinets that are far away from the stove, sink, and hot appliances.
-DON’T store them in your bathroom. There’s way too much heat and moisture in there.
-Keep them in their original bottle.
-Get rid of that cotton ball. It pulls moisture into the bottle.
-Store your medications out of the reach of children–either up high or in a locked cabinet.
Do you have any unique storage tips to share? Please feel free to do so in the comments below. Thanks for reading!