Seven top tips how to choose the right storage container, and eco organise your home

Choosing the right storage container over what is trendy or cheap and cheerful often leads to a greater investment in clutter. Rather than buy another piece of plastic why not rethink and repurpose things in your home, this helps reduce your carbon footprint?

Storage containers are not the answer to conquering clutter, another common mistake is buying storage before you start to sort and declutter. Once the files, papers, clothes, food and others items are sorted, organised and ethically decluttered, this is the time to look at storage, and not before.

Check out our tip 7 tips to choosing the right storage

1. Measure the space

To ensure your storage fits the space always measure the space before buying any baskets, boxes, tubes, nothing worse than finding out it won’t fit, this results in frustration, wastes time spent shopping, wastes money on a product that’s either too big or too small and remember the storage container comes with it’s own carbon footprint, so always measure the space. The measures you need are width x length x height.

2. Repurpose

Before buying anything new, check cupboards for existing containers, rethink the things at the back of the cupboard, they maybe your next best storage container, instead the money you saved towards the things you really want in your life

3. Reorganise and adjust shelf height

Most cupboards come with adjustable shelves, simply measure the space you require between the shelves and adjust to suit, you may find you have more storage space than you thought.

4. Ergonomics

It is important that any storage container is easy to use, if it is difficult to lift, open or roll it with ease you will not use it. Also always care for your back, don’t attempt to lift anything beyond your capacity, your stuff is not worth a bad back.

5. Opaque vs Transparent

Opaque containers left on display may offer a level of security and plus helps to reduce visual clutter. Transparent or clear containers enable you to see what is inside making it easy to find what you want. Choose the container that best suits its purpose.

6. Weight

Too heavy to move, lift and carry makes the container less practical and less likely to be used. Lightweight containers maybe a better but we must limit the load the container can hold, last thing want is the bottom falling out of the container that stores a fragile treasure.

7. Recycled Content

Remaking our waste into containers is one way of closing the loop. Look for containers manufactured with recycled content, the higher the number (80%-100% recycled content) the better it is for the planet, and it eco organises your home.

The 10R’s© Rethink Responsible Refuse Repurpose Reorganise Repair Reduce Reuse Recycle Reward