storage ideas for when you don’t
need a fancy solution.
Shoeboxes still make great
storage containers. Keep the lid so
you can stack the boxes, or just use it
open if you need quick access.
Zipper-locking food storage bags
— particularly the heavy duty ones for
freezer use — make ideal containers
for odd-sized items. Mark the contents
with a Sharpie or other wide felt pen,
and toss into a box (a shoebox) for
safe keeping. Tip: The wide bottom
bags stand up.
Baby food jars — plastic or glass —
continue to be an excellent storage
solution for very small parts such as
2-56 size hardware or even surface-mount components. (Use glass jars
for electronics parts as it doesn’t
generate static.) For fast access to the
contents of baby food jars, nail or
screw the lid into the underside of a
shelf near your workbench. Then, just
twist the jar on and off. Be sure to
leave room between the jars for your
hands to grab them.
Empty egg crates and egg boxes
are also useful for holding small parts,
but take care not to overturn the crate
or box, as the lid doesn’t close over
the hollow for the egg. If you’re not
careful, your parts may spill out or get
assortment of totes, drawers, bins,
and other heavy-duty items.
Organize It Online
Online specialty store catering
to home storage solutions. Click
the Storage link for totes, drawers,
Rand Material Handling
Heavy-duty plastic storage bins for
shelving. Open front; may be stacked
several high to save space. Up to 18”
deep. Dividers let you separate parts
in a single bin.
Industrial strength storage,
including heavy-duty plastic bins for
shelves or workbench.
Storage solutions from small
boxes to large bins. Shop online or
sold at department, discount, and
home improvement stores. Visit their
site to see what’s available.
Free-standing and stackable totes,
bins, boxes, drawers, and other
storage solutions. Plastic, wood, and
Stacks and Stacks
Specializing in storage solutions;
products sorted by application.
Online and local stores; cardboard
file boxes (cheap way to store bulky
items), plastic storage drawers.
Manufacturer of plastic storage
drawers, bins, and other products.
Sold in stores such as Target and
home improvement outlets.
Sells plastic and cardboard
storage bins and boxes. Most must be
purchased in quantity, so share your
order if you don’t need dozens of
fold-together cardboard shelf parts
Gordon McComb can be reached via
email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are some online retailers
that specialize in storage solutions.
Be sure to also check out local
retailers such as Home Depot,
Lowe’s, Wal-Mart, Target, Bed, Bath,
& Beyond, Ikea, and others.
Yes, Amazon even sells storage
containers. Look under “storage drawer” in the Home & Garden and Office
Products & Supplies sections. Good
selection of storage drawers, in various drawer sizes.
The Container Store
Online store specializing in storage products and solutions. Good