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Plastic free large storage bins
June 27, 2018 - 7:15 am

I am looking to go plastic free but I do not know what an alternative to large storage bins for clothes, seasonal items, excess dishware etc would be.  Is there something besides cardboard or the small canvas storage bins?

June 28, 2018 - 10:05 pm

My answer probably won’t be very popular, but the obvious solution is to purge unnecessary items and unnecessary consumption.  It does wonders for the planet and obviates the need for storage space and organizational products (i.e. more consumption).

July 2, 2018 - 5:36 am

I’m working on this too. I agree with Helen that the ideal solution would be to have less, so we don’t need to store in big bins. I’m slowly trying to purge my clothes so that I have enough room to store all seasons of clothes in my small closet & dresser without needing to switch out every fall/spring. I still have some plastic bins under my bed for very bulky things, and plastic bins in the basement for holiday decorations. I don’t have kids yet but I know my sister uses them to store baby/kids clothes that her younger children will grow into. I don’t know how to avoid storage situations like that. 

When I was growing up my mom stored our Christmas decorations in Japanese tea crates. They’re called chabako. Here and here are some pictures I found of what they looked like inside. Some of my mom’s are plain and others are covered in fabric like this and this.  My parents lived in Japan before I was born so she had purchased them locally and brought them back when they moved. I got excited remembering them when I read your post but if they cost $300 in the US I’m not sure I could ever afford to swap my Sterilite bins for my own. Perhaps you can find other less expensive crate options, or pare down to the point that investing in one trunk or chest makes sense. 

March 9, 2019 - 8:05 pm

You said you didn’t want to use cardboard but why not?  Most of my Christmas ornaments are in 30 year old cardboard boxes that had been used once before I used them for storage. They work great.  Label them so you’ll know what’s inside.  

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