Photo storage boxes are GREAT! Ok, I love any kind of organizational container. I’m a “messy” at heart so anything that helps me keep like items together works wonders in my house. And the simpler = the better! It’s hard to get much simpler than a box with a lid… Ok, a box without one but I am trying to hide my messy(and not just by throwing it all in a closet and trying to keep the door shut)!
Our little 1350 square foot place houses 5 people, a tiny dog, a fish, some saltwater crustaceans, a couple hamsters, and a mouse(grrr that stinkin’ mouse we can’t seem to catch!!!). So with little space to accommodate stuff for all of these important lives(except the mouse, I don’t want to accommodate the mouse), I need storage solutions that are simple and inexpensive, that all age levels can follow, and that look uniform so my jumbly looking house doesn’t look so jumbly… Enter the Photo Storage Box!
Here are 10 ways to use these containers…
- ENVELOPES – I have a weird amount of envelopes and did’t realize until I put them all in the same box.
- GREETING CARDS – I even have these sorted with tabbed dividers that say “Thank You”, “Birthday”, “Congrats”, “Sympathy”, “Gift Card”, and “Blank”.
- OFFICE SUPPLIES – I actually use two boxes for office supplies. These hold the pencil sharpener, 3-hole punch, stapler, little containers of paperclips and tacks, labeler, and other office-y type stuff.
- CRAYONS – This is such a great way to corral writing utensils. Even my 4 year old can carry this to the table and help himself when he feels like coloring.
- STICKERS – A lot of the boxes hold crafting and activity stuff for my kids.
- CHRISTMAS – Crafts
- VALENTINES – I purchase my kids’ cards for school during clearance sales the year before.
- CRAFTS – Random, non holiday specific
- GLUE – This houses all things glue – Elmer’s, super glue, glue sticks
- KINETIC SAND – Sand, molds, and tools
BONUS IDEAS – WOOT WOOT!
- MAPS – Yep, I’m old school and have a collection of US state maps and different country maps. GPS has pretty much replaced the paper relics but I like to have them on hand to take on car trips. I actually had to use one the other day when we got off the backed up interstate(had sat there for 3 hours! grr) and had no phone service for the GPS. A map came in handy.
- TOYS – I really prefer the plastic shoe totes for this which are around the same price or cheaper, but if concealing little toys out in the open is desired, photo storage boxes are a great idea! You could even print a pic of the toys and put it on the front so it’s easy to find the right box and more important… easy for pick up/clean up time! (oh, the clean up song is in my head now LOL)
- CLOTHING DRAWERS – Keeping socks separate from undi*s around here is a constant battle in my kids’ dressers. These boxes fit perfectly in their dressers. Make sure and measure before buying that the drawer is not too short or deep for it.
- GIFT STORAGE – Since compacting our household from 3200 square feet to 1350 square feet, I’ve been purchasing smaller gifts for my family and friends. So I use these for storing gifts until the special occassions.
- BATTERIES – I sooo love these boxes to corral batteries that otherwise end up in a junk drawer or scattered all over my house or get lost if they’re the tiny watch batteries.
- LIGHTBULBS – BING! Lightbulb moment, I should have put this first since it’s such a great idea! LOL I mainly just put the smaller bulbs in the photo storage box because I like buying in bulk the other typical sizes. These go on the pantry on the sly shelves in the laundry room.
Such a humble little organizer with such a big impact! They are inexpensive and can be found at major retailers like Walmart, Target, Hobby Lobby, and Micheal’s(which is my fav since they cycle through great sales on them!). There’s tons of other applications for these simple boxes depending on your needs. Just think inside the box! LOL