There are few better feelings than having your things organized and put away. However, it can be hard to achieve this feat at times. Either you don’t have enough space for everything, or you just simply don’t know where to put it all. Luckily, there is a pretty simple solution for this–plastic bins. And with a little creativity, you can make all sorts of awesome organizational creations. Check out this list of 40 clever uses for plastic bins and be sure to try a few of them out yourself!
1. Yarn Dispenser
There’s nothing more frustrating than a ball of tangled yarn. So if you’ve got a plastic bin lying around and want to keep your yarn tangle-free, then this one is for you. You can keep your yarn organized and accessible all at once with this clever life-hack.
2. Under-Bed Storage
There’s plenty of space to store things underneath your bed. The problem is that it can be hard to get to these things once they are under there–but not anymore. All you have to do is take an old bin and add a handle and some wheels and you’ve got yourself easy-access to your under-bed storage.
3. DIY Vanity
Having a good vanity desk is essential to getting ready in the morning. But some vanity desks can be super expensive. So rather than pay a fortune for one, just make one out of some wood and old plastic bins. You can use this image as inspiration to help build your very own vanity desk.
4. Hamster Castle
If you’ve ever owned a hamster, then you know how much energy they have. It can be hard to find time during your busy day to let them out to run around the house or in their ball. So to make things better for you and the hamster, you can build them a giant hamster castle out of plastic bins. It’s cheap, looks cool, and your little hampster pal will love all the extra space to run around in.
5. Furniture Storage
No one likes the look of big ugly plastic bins in their house even though they are very practical for storage. So, in order to store your things while keeping the house looking nice, you can turn your plastic storage bins into usable furniture. It’ll look nice, serve multiple purposes, and no one will ever know what they are really sitting on.
6. Shoe Rack
Shoes can take over a closet. They’re big, clunky, and seem to always be in the way. To solve this problem, all you need are a few plastic bins. Now you can organize your shoes and put them away in a meaningful manner, never to be in the way again.
7. Garage Storage
Keeping your garage organized is a must. And the best way to do that is by using plastic bins. They’re light, cheap, can fit plenty of things, and can be stored away easily. Consider building some overhead shelves in order to free up the floor space.
8. Gift-Wrap Organizer
When the holidays come around, there’s nothing more fun than wrapping all those gifts that you got for your friends. But dealing with an unorganized mess of wrapping paper and bows can take the fun right out of it. Instead, try organizing your wrapping materials so that come birthdays and holidays, you’re always ready.
9. Hanging Storage
This idea is an even better take on garage storage than the last one. It’s much simpler and looks super clean and nice. And by hanging these bins hang from the ceiling, it allows you to utilize the floor space of the garage for much bigger items–like cars and bikes.
10. Water Feature
A good water feature can really spice up your front yard, but they can be super expensive to put in. So if you want to save a few bucks and gain the satisfaction of building something yourself, consider this awesome idea. Just dig a hole, place a plastic bin inside, and then decorate it however you’d like. When you’re finished, just fill it up with water and you’re good to go.
11. Cat Tower
Cats love a good play tower. And if you love your cat, then you should consider making one of these for them. The plastic bins are cheap to buy, the tower is fun to build, and your cat will love the final product.
12. Cushioned Seat
Multiple-use items are the best. And with a little creativity, you can turn a plastic bin into a nice cushioned seat as well as a spot for storage in your home. All at once, you’ll be able to store your things, have a place for guests to sit, and add a cool piece of furniture to your living room.
13. Worm Bin
Worm bins are great for recycling food scraps and other organic materials. It creates a nutrient-rich soil amendment that you can use in your garden at home. Just fill an old plastic bin with some soil and some worms and you’ve got yourself a worm bin. Don’t forget to drop your food scraps into the bin and water it from time to time in order to keep the worms well-fed and happy.
14. Fabric Covered Storage Bins
Are you tired of looking at those ugly, plain, and boring storage bins? Well, try spicing things up with some fabric. Just glue on your favorite prints to the sides of the bins and you’ll be storing in style in no time.
15. LEGO Organization
This is a great one for the parents out there. LEGOs are an awesome toy for kids to play with, but they sure can leave a mess. In order to try and keep the mess under control and organized, consider using plastic bins as storage for your child’s LEGO collection. You can even color coordinate them for maximum LEGO-building efficiency.
16. Wheelie Bin
This is a great example of how to disguise a plastic bin extremely well–I can hardly tell that that’s what it is. Get creative with your bin designs and use this image as inspiration. The rope on the sides and the wheels are both a very nice touch.
17. Ornament Organizer
Putting away the Christmas decorations is always a bit of a bummer. Not only because it means that the holidays are over, but also because it can be hard to organize such fragile ornaments without breaking or losing them. If you’ve had this problem in the past then check out this clever way to store ornaments without the risk of them breaking.
18. Decorative Storage
There really is no limit to how fancy and decorative you can make these bins. These ones look like something you could buy at the store. And if you did, I imagine they would cost a lot more than what it costs to make them yourself. Find a theme or a certain look that you are going for and start creating.
19. Handle Storage
Adding a nice set of handles to your bin does two things. For one, it adds a nice aesthetic touch. And two, it’s extremely practical. Holding a bin by handles is a lot easier and more comfortable than just holding it by the sides.
20. Yarn Storage
Here we see another great example of using these bins as a way to store your yarn. The second that your yarn gets unraveled and unruly, it’s almost useless. Make sure you keep your balls of yarn organized and free from tangles by using this plastic bin storage method.
21. Jewelry Storage
This one works great for those people who have a lot of jewelry as well as for those who own a jewelry store. You can’t just lay your necklaces and other chains down in a pile, they’ll get tangled. By storing them this way, you keep the chains free from each other as well as organize your different necklaces all in the same place.
22. Shelving Organization
Just because you have your things on a shelf doesn’t mean that they are organized. To step up your organization game, use plastic bins within the shelves to make sure everything is exactly where it needs to be. This also makes it easier to grab your things off of the shelf. It’s much easier to pick up a bin than it is a handful of stuff.
23. Craft Organization
If you want to maximize the time you spend actually working on your favorite crafts, then you should have all of your materials organized. There’s nothing worse than spending most of your time trying to find the pieces that you need in order to satisfy your random burst of creativity. By organizing your craft supplies in these plastic bins, you will always know where everything is and be ready to use them when inspiration hits.
24. Wall-Mounted Storage
There’s no need to use up floor space in order to organize your room. Try attaching hooks on the walls and hanging plastic bins on those hooks. That way, you’ll have plenty of floor space and all of your items will be neatly packed away where you know that you can find them.
25. Desk Organization
Having a messy desk leads to less productivity. Rather than struggle to find the things that you need to get the job done, why not have a place for everything? All it takes are a few small plastic bins and a way to label each compartment and you are well on your way to creating a productive space to work from.
26. Kitty-Litter Bins
Indoor cats can be messy. But rather than let them spill and kick kitty-litter all over the floor, make some litter boxes that they can’t make a mess of. All you need is a couple of plastic bins and the litter to put inside. Throw a lid with a hole on there and say goodbye to messy floors.
27. Attic Storage
Attics can become cluttered very easily. One way to avoid this is by organizing everything with plastic bins. You can even have a designated spot for each bin to ensure that everything is exactly where it is supposed to be.
28. Medication Organization
When you’re sick, rummaging through a medicine cabinet or drawer is the last thing that you want to do. Instead, get some plastic bins and make an easy-to-use medicine container, complete with labeled drawers. Never waste time getting the medicine that you need again.
29. Battery Organization
I hate having to dig through a junk drawer to find things–especially batteries. Because even when you find some, they are usually the wrong size. Instead, try organizing the things that end up in your junk drawer in a bin compartment. So when that time finally comes to use a random odd or end, you’ll know exactly where it is.
30. Cable/Chord Organization
Tangled cables might be one of the most frustrating things to deal with. And it can even cause damage to the chords over time. Instead of wadding up your cables and chords into a basket and leaving them in a tangled mess, try compartmentalizing them into separate drawers. Slap a few labels on there and you’ll be good to go.
31. Decorative Drawers
Furniture can be expensive. There’s no need to go out and spend a fortune on a drawer set when you can make one of your own for a fraction of the cost. And not only that, but you get to customize the drawers to your liking.
32. Crafty Storage
Sometimes, organization can lead to creativity. If you can see all of the individual pieces that you have to work from, then ideas can start to materialize in your head. So why not get yourself a plastic drawer set and fill it with all of your potential creative pieces? That way you’ll know exactly what you are working with when inspiration hits.
33. Snack Train
Kids love snack time. But if you want to make it even more fun for them, try making a snack train. All it takes is a few plastic bins, their favorite snacks, and some decorations. The smiles on their faces will be worth the extra effort.
34. Garden Box
Growing your own food is extremely satisfying. But if you don’t have a big yard, then a full-sized garden is not really an option. Instead, try buying a couple of plastic bins and filling them with some potting soil. Then just plant your favorite veggies inside and watch them grow.
35. Furniture Bin
Keep your living room looking classy as well as organized with this awesome idea. There’ll be no more expensive trips to the furniture store or trying to hide the extra junk that’s lying around the house when guests come over. Just get yourself a big plastic bin with a lid and decorate it to match your existing living room furniture. No one will know the difference.
36. Side Table
Need somewhere to put your things when you are sitting on the couch? Don’t waste your money buying an expensive side table, instead, make one out of two wire-brimmed trash cans. Just flip one on top of the other, add some glue and a top tray, and you’ll have yourself a classy-looking side table in no time.
37. Toy Chest
Play-time is fun for the kids. But when play-time is over, cleaning up their mess can be a challenge. That’s why you need a designated place for all of their toys. So go get yourself a plastic bin and decorate it however you want.
38. Vertical Storage
When you run out of space on the floor to store things, try going up the wall. By gluing a few plastic bins together, you can create a cool-looking shelf that is super easy and cheap to make. These work great in the bathroom and keep all of the essentials close at hand.
39. Utensil Organization
There’s nothing worse than a cluttered drawer. Rather than having to sift through a mess of utensils and other kitchenware, try getting yourself a few plastic bins. Buy a few different sizes that all fit inside the drawer, and fill them with your utensils. That way everything will be easy to find and easy to grab.