Recycled Storage Container Ideas

Recycled Storage Container Ideas

If you’re environmentally conscious and on a budget, you can transform average household recyclables into beautiful storage container ideas. It won’t cost you much other than the time it takes to make said items, and it enhances your living space by giving you more storage solutions than you had before. If you’re not afraid to use a glue gun and want to make your new space more comfortable, follow the suggestions below for some fun DIY projects.

Recycling Throw Away Objects into Something Spectacular

Here are five recycled storage container ideas for you to make for your small apartment or loft:

Coffee Can and Spice Tin Containers. Drill a hole in these and mount them to the wall. House small items from your office such as paperclips, staples, and brads in each container. You can even use the cans and tins for plants if you drill drainage holes in the bottom. Make sure to put a mat underneath the containers to prevent water from damaging your floors and countertops.

Cereal Box Magazine Holders. Convert cereal boxes into beautiful holders with a pair of scissors and some scrapbook paper. You’ll be amazed at how quickly you’re able to make this project and just how helpful it is in getting you organized.

Shutter Door Turned Organizer. Find an old shutter door on the curb or at a yard sale and convert it into an organizer for photos, arts, and keys. The slots in the door make the perfect place to house various items. You can attach the door to a wall and remove it easily if you decide to move out of the apartment or loft that you’re in. If you don’t like the color of the door, paint it and create an interesting conversation piece for your home.

Rake Jewelry Organizer. Remove the handle from the rake and hang the metal piece on the wall. Use the ‘teeth’ of the rake as hangers for necklaces and bracelets. It’s a unique and memorable way to organize accessories.

Dish Drainer File Organizer. Organize your files using a dish drainer. Its slots are the perfect size for holding folders and various pieces of paper. Best of all, it fits neatly underneath a desk or shelf, giving you ample room to store your important documents.

You can get a lot of ideas for craft projects from the internet. Before you buy something and throw it away, ask if you can find another use for it. Think of how it can help increase the amount of storage in your residence.

If you cannot possibly find a way to use it, see if it is recyclable. As a last resort, throw it away. You don’t want your tiny space to be clutter with half-finished recycling projects.

Reduce the Amount of Trash You Throw Away

According to, the average person creates over four pounds of garbage a day. That’s a whopping 1.5 tons of waste per year! Even more alarming is the fact that 75% of the American waste stream is completely recyclable and only 30% is actually recycled. Recycle and reuse and give your stuff a new lease on life!


Rent a Storage Bin for the Items You Can’t Store in Your Home

Still don’t have enough room for your stuff? Don’t worry! urBin Storage has you covered with a range of storage solutions to meet your needs. Contact us for more information and to receive a price quote for large storage units.

What to Toss and What to Keep: Baby Items

What to Toss and What to Keep: Baby Items
What to Toss and What to Keep: Baby Items

Pregnancy and raising your child give certain items value beyond their dollar worth. That’s because those beautiful moments you shared with your baby and the memories you made together often become linked with the things around you. Deciding what to keep and what to get rid of can be an emotional experience, one that you might not be fully prepared for. It’s hard to move on and face the fact that your little one is growing and changing faster than you feel comfortable with.

But while some items are definitely worth storing away, you can’t hold on to everything. Even if you do plan on having more children, there will always be changing safety standards, recalls, and the wear and tear of time that will make certain items worth saying goodbye to. Plus, there are always people in need: pregnancy crisis centers, the homeless, and friends who are expecting. It feels good to give back, and things are replaceable. It’s the memories you make that count.

Safety Standards

One thing to consider when sorting through baby items is that safety standards are always changing. If you plan on having more children, it might turn out that certain items that you once thought were perfectly safe could pose a hazard, however small, to your future child’s health. These are the kind of items you should throw away, rather than donate or give away. Stay up-to-date on recalls here.

Seasonal Items

Another thing you should think about? Seasonal items. Season-specific clothing isn’t necessarily worth hanging on to, even if you plan on having more children. If your first child was born in the summer, and your second child is born in the winter, those clothes likely won’t fit by the time the next season rolls around. Consider selling them, donating them, or giving them to a friend or relative. They’ll appreciate it, and you can always buy appropriate clothing when the time comes. It’ll be worth it.

Gender-Specific Items

Just as seasonal items might not hold over very well, gender-specific items may not either. You’ve got a 50/50 chance here. Is it worth taking? You could box up all those clothes and cross your fingers, or you could donate them to a family in need and purchase new, up-to-date clothes when the time comes. It’s up to you!

Items that Weren’t Used or Needed

Between the baby shower and the overflow of gifts and hand-me-downs from relatives and friends, there’s a good chance you acquired some things that your baby didn’t really need or use. These items are the easiest to let go of. If they’re still in the package or even just lightly used, you could sell these items and put the money towards new toys or clothes as your baby grows.

Things to Keep

If you’re planning on having another child, there are some items worth hanging on to. Large furniture, like cribs and changing tables, are expensive to replace, and as long as they’re made from durable material they’ll hold up over the years. Keep a few toys and clothes that you think will be a hit a second time around.

And if you aren’t having another child, that doesn’t mean you’re expected to get rid of everything! Absolutely not. Save sentimental items, like the clothes your baby wore on your way home from the hospital, his or her favorite toy, and gifts that hold a lot of meaning for you and your family.

You don’t have to part with everything. UrBin Storage is a great way to store baby items that you would rather hold on to. Their storage facility is heat controlled, so your items won’t wear down from heat exposure.

Traditional Storage vs. On-Demand Storage

Traditional Storage vs. On-Demand Storage

There’s been a lot of fuss lately about on-demand storage companies. What’s it all about? And are they really a better option than traditional storage facilities? Well, that all depends on how much you value convenience. We’re guessing, like most of us, you do. In that case, read on to learn about the major differences between traditional and on-demand storage.

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How to Organize Your Apartment in 5 Easy Steps

How to Organize Your Apartment in 5 Easy Steps

We’ve all been there. Organization is not always a top priority when you’re drowning in other tasks. It’s easy to fall behind and get comfortable with chaos. But if you’re ready to step things up and get organized, here are five steps to take (and they’ll help you stay organized too!):

1. De-clutter

The very first step you should take to seriously organize your apartment is to get rid of some things. The more junk you have, the harder it is to stay organized. Go room by room and decide what absolutely needs to stay, and what’s just taking up space. Make a bag for donation and a bag for garbage and lighten your load. You’ll find yourself with so much more space to work with—and less stuff to organize. Try putting some items into storage with UrBin Storage. They’ll come to you and store all your items in a safe place until you’re ready for them again. That way, you won’t have to say goodbye forever. And they’ll bring them back to you too!

2. Get Thrifty

The dollar store is your friend. They have everything you need to organize your apartment, and it’s affordable too. Stock up on baskets, tension rods, command hooks, and racks. These are the tools of the trade. Buy baskets in all sizes. You can use small ones to organize bathroom and kitchen drawers, and medium and large ones to organize your closets. Tension rods can be used for a plethora of things: hanging cleaning products, providing extra hanging storage in closets, and even as separators in your cabinets. Command hooks are just as handy. Use them on the inside of cabinets, the side of your fridge, or in your bathroom. Racks will help you organize particularly your kitchen and bathroom. Here are some links for inspiration on how to use your new tools:

30 Wonderful Ways to Organize your Life with Command Hooks 

Pantry Organizing Ideas

Perfect Use for that Cupboard Above your Fridge

Dollar Store Bathroom Drawer Organization

3. Invest in a Label Maker

Ah, the satisfaction that a label maker brings is like no other. Not only are labels pleasant to look at and extremely functional, they’re a huge help if you live in a multi-person home. They are constant little reminders to keep putting things in the right place, so you can stay organized no matter how chaotic your life is, and no matter how terrible the people you live with are at staying organized. They also make finding things significantly easier. Rather than searching around your cluttered home for items when you’re in a hurry, you’ll have everything clearly marked and easy to reach. Label drawers in your medicine cabinet, items in your pantry, the baskets in your linen closet—label everything. You won’t be disappointed.

4. Make the Most of Your Space

This one is a biggie. Most of us do not make the most of our space. Even if you live in a tiny one-bedroom apartment, you probably have more space than you realize. Use wall shelves to create vertical storage, utilize the backs of doors and cabinets, and squeeze small racks or sets of drawers into unexpected places. Give yourself the room to stay organized. Here are a few links that will help you make the most of your space:

Organized Linen Closet

Cleaning Tips – DIY Cleaning Closet

29 Sneaky Tips for Small Space Living

5. Get Smart

Items that work together stay together. Make sure when you’re organizing that you put items that you typically use together with each other, and put them close to where you use them. This way, you won’t leave items lying out when you’re finished with them because their storage place is out of reach, or in an inconvenient place.
We hope these tips help! Now go get organized!

Clever Book Storage

Clever Book Storage

Calling all bibliophiles! Stacking your books up all over the floor of your bedroom and living room is relatively effective, sure, but what if we told you there is a better way? Actually, what if we told you there are multiple better ways? And that they include super comfy reading nooks and offer convenience and functionality like you’ve never seen it before? What if we listed a bunch in this article for you?

Here are some clever book storage techniques that might pique your interest:

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Space-Saving Shelving

Are you a little short on space? Or even just looking to clean things up a bit? For most of us, there are a few places in our home where clutter tends to take over: the office, the entertainment center, the bathroom. Chances are, your home came with bare walls, and your first thought was probably to invest in some floor furniture. Bookshelves and entertainment centers are great, but they take up a lot of space, and when they’re overflowing they can become a tad unsightly.

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Apartment Hacks that Will Upgrade your Life

Apartment Hacks that Will Upgrade your Life

Let’s face it. Life could be easier. We all have about a million things going on at once: term papers, finals, parenting, that huge make or break project at work right now. It’s hard to keep on top of the little things at home. As things pile up, it becomes easier and easier to neglect chores like laundry, dishes, or—dare I say it—dusting. But they must be done.

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