Choosing eco-friendly storage solutions for throughout your home will help you do both while reducing your carbon footprint. From mason jars in the craft room to surprising storage solutions for the little things in life, the best storage solutions are also easy to move and pack.
Today, we are driven to not only keep our homes organized, but to do it as economically as possible. Choosing eco-friendly organizing and storage solutions for your home will help you do both while reducing your carbon footprint. From mason jars in the craft room to surprising storage solutions for the little things in life, the best storage solutions are also easy to move and pack.
In the Office
Looking for an easy, economical and, most importantly, green way to organize your office? There are plenty of things you can do to get this room into shape without spending a lot of money. Repurposing items from around the house is all it takes.
- Push Pins and Paper Clips – Let’s face it, one of the most difficult things about organizing an office space are smaller office supplies. Rubber bands, push pins, paper clips, extra staples and more all take up space in the most untidy way. Pull out an old cupcake tin and repurpose it into a drawer organizer. Egg cartons and ice cube trays also can be used.
- Pens and Pencils – Sure, anyone can take an empty tin can and set it out on their desk to store their writing utensils, but you can easily take it up a notch with decorated cans, perfect for holding bigger supplies. Empty and thoroughly wash several tin cans and use Mod Podge, fabric, ribbon or yarn to cover the outside of the can. Pull it tight for a ribbed effect. For an easy caddy, Martha Stewart suggests the cans be “attached to painted plywood; this organizer makes it easy to transport art supplies anywhere.”
- Paper and Supplies – When it comes to those larger supplies, go green by covering a variety of boxes in wrapping paper or fabric. Place them on shelves and fill ‘em up. Use different sizes for a fun look and don’t forget the labels. These clever and green storage boxes are easy to pack and store in a storage unit during your next move.
The Craft Room
From sewing to scrapbooking, the craft room is one area of the house that almost always benefits from a bit of organization. Repurposing some items from around the house makes it easy to go green in the craft room.
- Mason Jars – We have all seen mason jars used as storage containers, but they often take up a lot of space. Better Homes and Gardens reminds us, “If you’re lucky enough to have a dedicated craft area, pick storage that keeps your work surface clear but supplies within reach, such as wall shelves for bins and baskets or a hanging rod for hooks and cups.” If you have shelves in your craft area, a bit of wood glue and some mason jars will help you organize buttons and ribbons – really anything little needed for projects – without taking away valuable counter space. Simply glue the lids to the underside of a shelf, fill up the jar, and screw onto the lid.
- Ribbons – Ribbon is difficult to store, but if you have a favorite color, consider placing it inside a cleaned and recycled diaper wipes container. These containers can also be used to store crayons and markers.
- Wall Space – Don’t forget to use your wall space when organizing. Use fabric scraps to create pockets for holding scissors and similar items. Leftover yarn, strung tautly across the wall, is an easy place to store beads, ribbon, or fabric swatches.
Many of these storage solutions can be easily tweaked to work elsewhere in the house. Hang necklaces from the wall using yarn scraps in the bedroom. Use recovered tin cans to hold cotton balls and Q-Tips in the bathroom. Green storage solutions will help keep you organized throughout the whole house and make it easy to more your items into storage should the need arise.
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