Tote-ally Organized Shelves

My Dad is a very handy guy. He can take an idea, sketch it out, then bring it to life with some power tools and several trips to Home Depot.

bins 1Eleven years ago (when my parents were visiting to spend time with their newest grandbaby), he transformed an area of our basement into the ultimate storage tote shelving unit.

Suddenly, we had a place to store all of those “things” that we wanted to keep, but didn’t want sitting out all the time. Halloween decorations are, of course, in the orange and black bins. Christmas decorations are easy to spot in the red bins with green lids.

bins 3As our boys grew, the storage rack (which is EXTREMELY sturdy) became a jungle gym. They would climb up to the top and then shimmy hand over hand across the I-beam on the ceiling. It also made an awesome fort; remove a few bins and add blankets, pillows and flashlights.

bins 2Let’s talk about organization for a moment. The outside of each bin is labeled with a number using Uppercase Living vinyl. Here’s where you can really take your basement “stuff” to a new level of organization. We created a spreadsheet where each bin number corresponds with an overall category (e.g., #5 = Halloween). Then, the contents of each bin are listed on the spreadsheet next to that bin’s number. (You can use index cards for this, too.) Need to find your white Christmas lights for a party you’re having in July? Refer to your chart to find the Christmas bins (yes, there are half a dozen!) then narrow your search to see which of those six bins has “lights” listed in their contents. Now you only have to dig through one bin, not 25.

Do you use totes like the ones pictured here for storage? How do you keep them organized?

 

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