As you may already be well aware if you have a hobby, your house can quickly become a jungle if you don’t have a good organizational system in place to support said hobby. This is where plastic storage cabinets come in, as the perfect way to keep things under control and not let your house become a slough of objects and tools.
What type of plastic storage cabinet do you need?
Plastic storage cabinets are available today in a wide array of designs and sizes. The first thing you need to do to determine what type of storage cabinet you need is to figure out what exactly you are going to store in it or your plans for it. If the objects you are planning to keep inside are going to be big or bulky, then you should go for tall cabinets that have large doors and shelves. At the other ends, if you have a whole range of knick-knacks that are small and supple, go for a small cabinet lined with many shelves and drawers.
There is also a third option, which combines the two. It’s a mix between large cabinets and plastic drawers, bins or boxes that can be placed inside it or on its shelves to keep both small and big items. For easy access, you can use lidless storage boxes and a lower front lip. Some of them are even designed to be stacked so as to improve space usage.
How much space do you have available for storage?
To determine your free space, you need to start big and work your way to the bottom, so to say. First of all, decide if you’re going to dedicate a certain room in your house to your hobby or if you will practice it in the living room, bedroom, kitchen or basement. Knowing which room you will allocate to this will aid you greatly in picking the overall size of the plastic storage bins.
The second step is to decide how much space you have in the room of your choosing for a storage container. This depends greatly on the hobby itself. For example, if you can sit at a desk while practicing it, then you can use all the extra space for storage. However, if you’re hobby is painting or sculpting, you will need far more space to work and thusly, reduce the depositing area to narrow corners and so on.
Considering mounting some of the plastic cabinets on the walls, so as to free up the floor and its space. You can also place the plastic storages under your desk, over or inside an existing larger cabinet. Use any type of space there is the room, including the door, where you can hang some items on industrial hooks, other pieces of furniture, which you can use to hold your boxes, a wardrobe, mounted cabinets, or solid ledges. Don’t forget about unusual rooms in your house which, if big enough, can be used for storage, such as bathrooms, the patio, and the hallway.
You may also want to consider the way in which you are going to store your craft or DIY materials. For example, if they’re stackable, feel free to stack them away somewhere, instead of sprawling them. Store them in standing position in a corner or mount them above a cabinet, if they are long and slim. You can leave them hanging, or you could use a shelf or even a counter. There will never be any custom made spaces in your house for your hobby, so you need to create them yourself by constructing racks.
One amazing space saving idea is using the cabinets themselves as something else. For example, two flat top cabinets can be brought together any time to serve as a working desk. You can also buy or build yourself a smaller cabinet on wheels and fit it under your desk. You will get the combined advantage of space saving as well as having essential materials at arm’s length whenever you need them.
Apart from all these tricks you can also buy used plastic storage cabinets, to save money. They work perfectly well as a short-term solution if you are undecided about your storage needs.
Try to think outside the hobby box
Thinking outside the hobby box when it comes to storage means to do some research and reach for boxes that weren’t initially designed for your hobby. They might fit your needs and purposes perfectly, and they might save you some money as well as some space. For example, you can find plastic storage cabinets that were initially meant for garage use or some shelving units. They are usually large or tall, seeing as they were meant to house long gardening tools and big, heavy machinery for repairing your car or other items around the house. This means you have to think about your needs, as your hobby might necessitate a long and tall unit to store your tools, for example. A gardening plastic box might be ideal.
The idea is that no storage box out there was designed for a particular hobby or interest. They weren’t even designed with a specific room in mind. You need to take into account what kind of items you will be storing as well as their shape, size, and weight.
Do a thorough research for your storage cabinet
Seeing as the best solution at hand is to combine multiple types of plastic storage boxes, it’s a good idea not to rely solely on your local hardware store or supermarket. Reach beyond the borders and go online. Sweep through manufacturer’s websites and interior decorations websites that might inspire you to great things.
There are countless boards on Pinterest, for example, showing you how to store all sorts of hobby materials, from paint brushes to pins and needles to cookie cutters. You might also retrieve some good ideas on how to customize your storage facilities. Building on this, there are many manufacturers out there ready to build you your very own customized storage cabinet, should you decide it’s the best solution for your needs. All you have to do is come up with the design or, otherwise, tell them what you want and they will build it for you.
Don’t ignore household items
Buying a plastic storage cabinet for your hobby needs is great, but a complex one might be a tad outside your budget. This is why it’s a very good idea to buy cheap plastic storage bins, simple, large, and with a few main shelves inside. You can then fill it up with household items to hold your smaller objects, such as kitchen Tupperware, tin cans, small laundry bins with or without lids, cardboard boxes, and smaller plastic containers.
To save as much money as you can on storage, think about using everyday objects as well. For example, a soda can with the top cut off and cleaned is perfect for keeping buttons and the likes. The same goes for inexpensive ceramic bowls, plastic bags, glass jars or cookie tins. Recycle all these items as they convert into perfect storage solutions.
Finding the perfect plastic storage cabinet for your hobby takes a bit of work but, in the end, you’ll be happy you did it. Organizing your materials means not having to shovel through them every time you’re looking for something specific. This, in turn, means saving space, money, and time. Also, it cuts down the risk of damaging valuable items while endlessly searching for something else in a pile.