I kind of have this obsession with totes. I'm not sure if it comes from my hubby that loves them as well, or if it comes from my neat-freak-ness. Either way, I have alot of totes in my house. It could also stem from the fact that when we were living in the camper for almost a year and our things were in storage, they were all in cardboard boxes...and I had to clean of so much mouse mess from the inside of my things it wasn't funny. Anyways, you understand...I love totes...
Our house is tiny. When I call it the "Little House" it's no exaggeration.. it's small in here! I have to be creative with my use of space and how we store things. And even though we try not to keep alot around I still stockpile when I find a good deal so I don't every have to pay full price. So I need somewhere to put all that.
This is where the totes come in, and not just totes, a variety of containers. They help keep things neat, clean, and organized. Even in my tiny house. So here's some things I use my totes for:
I keep some of my stockpile in larger totes. I don't like to keep things like shampoo and body wash on the shelf because I don't have the room to stack it. I make sure the tops of liquid things are closed by sticking a piece of tape on it before I stick it in the tote so it doesn't leak. Then I stacked all the totes in a spare closet in the house.
This isn't the prettiest drawer tote but it works! (I need to find some Goo-Gone...) I have this drawer in the baby's room. Right now I'm storing bottles and other feeding things in it that I don't have room for in the kitchen. I also have some extra unopened bibs and washcloths in the top drawer.
I have a nice big wall of shelves in my bathroom and that's where I keep most of my stockpile items. I like everything sorted out and these shelves and totes are kind of like my mini "store". I have each of the totes labeled with what's in it so no matter what I need, I can easily find it!
In my office I have lots and lots of office supplies. I like to stock up during the back to school sales. So I have more of the tote drawers in the office and I fill them with all kinds of office supplies.
I also have a couple more tote drawers stacked in my office closet. These hold all my crafty supplies, oil colors, paints, glue sticks, ect. These are really handy because sometimes with crafty things you only have a little of this and that.
So those are just some of the many totes in my house! I also use totes to store canning jars out in the shed when I'm not using them. Hubby uses totes out in his shop to store things. I store a few things that I don't need right now and that I've already packed away until we move, I keep extra shoes for a different season...all kinds of things!
Do you use totes? Do they help you organize?
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