Storage Solution of the Week: Hinged-Lid Storage Box

posted by Jennifer McClure on March 26, 2012 3 Comments

What it is: This week’s storage solution of the week is a canvas, lidded box.

Where I got it: Walmart

Why I love it: They make great clutter bins!

Clutter bins lidded

I’ve been using clutter bins in my home for over a year now, with really great success. Both of my children have their own bins on the main level of our home, and as we encounter items that belong to them, we can put them in their clutter bins. Once or twice a week, they empty their bins and put all the items in their rightful homes.

The bins live on the lower shelf of a table near the stairs. Since the children’s bedrooms are upstairs, and since this table is centrally located in the house, it’s the ideal location. One thing that was NOT ideal was seeing full or overloaded bins full of clutter. Though it was an improvement over seeing their odds and ends all over the house, it still wasn’t quite the look we wanted for the hall table! To further complicate matters, our puppy discovered the clutter bins and mistook them for baskets full of chew toys. Keeping him out of their bins was impossible, so I had to find a new solution. I stumbled across these lidded boxes, and voila! They were just the solution I needed.

Clutter bin lidded box

They are slightly bigger than the open baskets they replaced, so they are less likely to be filled to overflowing. The lid keeps all the kids junk, er, I mean, precious treasures, out of sight. And best yet, the puppy can’t raid the bins anymore. Oh, and did I mention they are stackable? Yet another reason to love them!

Do you use clutter bins in your home? Leave us a comment to tell us what you use to corral that clutter!

Happy Organizing,


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  • March 26, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    My husband build window seats for our sitting room that were custom-sized to fit the same bins from Walmart, but a larger size. I keep extra blankets in them, winter sheets, and other odds and ends that don’t have a home live there, too.
    I’ll have to update my blog with a picture of them in the actual sitting room… Perhaps this weekend I’ll take updated photos and post them…

    • March 26, 2012 at 7:04 pm

      We now have three storage ottomans. LOVE them!

      • November 10, 2014 at 7:52 pm

        Medical bill binders I have been using since 2010.

        It makes reviewing medical bills easier.

        1.Its important to separate providers and organizes by dates for each provider bills.

        2. Then have dividers for each person and account number if different and not one family account number. Tab each family members name on there section with tab on top of its divider.
        3.Its very important to put the oldest bill towards the front of binder and newest towards back and add on any new providers in same manor.
        4. The newest statement for each bill should be the last document in that section.
        5. Make sure each section has a pocket folder for canceled checks and receipts.
        6. Each section should have a record of balance and payment sheet right out front of each section.
        7. Eob’s should follow at end of each section. For references to assure you were not over charged.
        8. It wouldn’t hurt to request itemized statement to assure you are not charged for things and services you never had.

        Its important to pay larger amounts on the older bills and smaller amounts on the newer and change it out as you pay off a bill.