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Organizing Your Pantry

When organizing your kitchen many people likely don't think about using storage totes to create a pantry storage system, but it can be a great way to declutter your cooking space and find exactly what you need in your pantry quickly. Whether you have to buy more storage bins or you have some extras around the house, organizing your pantry is easy with some shelves, bins and, of course, all of your kitchen utensils and snacks!  First, you'll have to place the shelving racks in place with screws. This will be the base for your storage options and will help create extra space for things that don't fit in your plastic drawers. After screwing in the shelf holders you can use either pieces that came with the holders or make your own shelves out of wood to create the exact style and look you're going for in your pantry. Next, you'll have to move onto the storage bin sections. There are options in this step, depending on what type of storage you want. One approach is to hav…
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Fall Clean-Up with Edge Plastics

As we begin to move into cooler temperatures you should be well into the fall cleanup of your home and garden! Although not conventionally used, plastic totes can actually be very helpful during your cleanup work especially on the outside of your home. While you may usually just use a wheelbarrow or a bucket for containing all the pesky weeds and other yard scraps that you pull out of your garden during the fall, storage totes can be a great alternative, especially if you have a large number of objects that need to be removed from your flower beds. Using these totes you can contain all of your scraps in one easy-to-carry tote and you also will need to empty it a lot less if you go for one that is of a larger size. Also, some heavier-duty totes also include sections on the inside of the handle that can hold garbage bags in case you don't have a place to dump the scraps or would rather just put everything into a bag that you can take out with your trash.After you have finished your …

Emergency Kit for Your Vehicle

We know it is only the end of September, but winter weather likes to sneak up and surprise us in Ohio! That means the time to prepare for that bad winter weather is now, and you know what? You need an emergency kit any time of the year because your car can break down no matter what the weather is. You can get a pre-made kit, but if you buy supplies, you can make multiple kits and have leftovers to replenish as you need. The biggest benefit of creating your own vehicle emergency kit? You'll know exactly what's inside. You bought it and packed it, so you'll know what is and isn't included.So let's get prepared!First, get yourself a plastic tote. Preferably one that is smaller, a 5-gallon tote will work well and keep everything from scattering all over in your trunk. If you have a truck and you don't have a truck "tool box" to hold everything, get a heavier duty plastic tote that will keep out the rain, snow, and bugs.Now, it's time to gather materia…

Saving School Papers Without Getting Overwhelmed

From the moment a baby is born (and many time even before!), we start collecting momentos of their lives. Ultrasound pictures, that first lock of hair from a haircut, the blanket they were swaddled in when they first arrived; all of these evoke strong memories and are pleasant to view. A little cedar chest and a baby book is wonderful way to safely store these.When school starts, suddenly, the amount of momentos increases. There are adorable pictures scrawled by tiny hands, those adorable hand print turkeys that everyone makes around Thanksgiving, and you cannot forget about those "letters to mom." But these are mostly paper and other crafting materials. Speaking from experience, the sheer volume of artwork from the first 3 years of school is phenomenal and overwhelming.But that being said, the sentimentalist wants to keep some things, and it's good to do that, but not EVERYTHING. How can you do that while still showing your child that you care about the work they do? He…

Overhead Garage Storage

Even with everything stuffed in storage totes, you still might run completely out of storage space no matter how hard you try to condense every little object in your home. Although it seems like a disaster, don't worry as many people forget about all of the extra space they have around their property that they've never thought about turning into storage space.One place many people never really think about is the space under the roof of their garage. This space can be very valuable in creating storage around your property. If you have basic carpentry skills you can easily construct a makeshift platform out of plywood and some other boards that you can then attach to the top boards of your garage. Once it is securely connected, this new space can add some much-needed storage to your property.  If you take some plastic storage totes and place them up on the plywood after you fill them with your belongings that needed to be stored elsewhere, you can create quite the storage space.…

Opening up the Sports Totes

As summer turns to fall many kids and adults alike will be switching from their summer sports, such as golf or baseball, to their fall activities, like football, cheerleading and soccer. That can only mean one thing for parents...  A mess in your home as all the summer equipment gets swapped for the fall equipment and if you have lots of kids or your children play lots of sports it may take you MONTHS to truly be reorganized, which could be just in time for another switch in seasons. This season switch-up doesn't have to be that hard though. Using plastic totes to organize all of the sports equipment throughout your home can save space, making transitioning between season easier and save you the hassle of finding the perfect spot for everything at the end of each season. Our advice is to create a system with the totes in your home. First, you need to find a specific location that your totes will stay in the off-season so that they have designated space and you will know exactly wh…

Composting with Plastic Totes? Yes!

A worm composting bin, known as a vermicomposter, can be fairly inexpensive and easy to maintain. There are several ways to vermicompost. Below are instructions on how to build one kind of worm composting bin designed to be used inside. It is also possible to purchase worm composting bins. You will want to put your bin in an indoor space as you do not want the worms to freeze in the winter or get too warm in the summer. Additionally, you may want to put the bin in a basement or other out-of-the-way space since you will be producing compost and worm “tea” in the composter.

Here are the supplies you need:
1. Two plastic bins – one must be taller and rest inside the other, shorter bin. The top tub should have a top to keep the worms from finding their way outside the box. It also needs to be somewhat flexible so you can drill holes into it. An 18 gallon tub that is roughly 15 inches deep, 20 inches wide and 15 inches tall works well.

2. A drill – To drill the holes so the worms can breathe.…