This periwinkle girls' room features cabinets painted with chalkboard paint making them fun and practical. While the cabinets are used primarily as book storage, pink plastic bins below serve as open storage for classic board games and plush toys.
Sorting bins for lights, darks and towels don't have to be front and center. When Erin Rollins of the blog Sunny Side Up was redoing her laundry room, she created drawers that disguise her plastic baskets. "Laundry can be such a chore," she says, "so I wanted a room that made the process as streamlined as possible."
Plastic bins and tubs are one solution for storing a collection of fashion dolls, but there are other options. In this closet, a women's slide-out shoe rack has cleverly been used for display storage of a group of fashion dolls. The "arms" secure each figure to the rack, which keeps all the dolls in plain sight and within easy reach.
Ornament organizers can be pricey, but not if you go this do-it-yourself route from Author and Blogger Jill Nystul of One Good Thing By Jillee. All you need is a plastic bin, red plastic cups, cardboard and a glue gun. Cut cardboard to fit inside the bin, glue on plastic cups, drop ornaments into cups and voilá! An inexpensive and clever ornament solution.
This child's white playroom area features high cabinets, a low shelf with plastic storage bins, a low table with a large roll of paper for coloring, and white Eames chairs that are just the right size for kids.
Frame a small patio nicely with a lattice grill screen, which designers have custom made, but can be a DIY project. This screen project uses 4x4-foot posts to serve as an outdoor wall, define patio space and help hide plastic storage bins.
Keep big container gardens light enough to move by filling the bottom third with lightweight plastics. Upside down flower pots and an empty lidded juice bottle neatly fill space in the bottom of the pot and won’t rot during the course of many growing seasons. Using plastics in the bottom of pots also saves on soil—saving you money. Plastics promote healthy plants by providing an air pocket for plant roots, which helps to prevent waterlogged soil, even during the wettest seasons. Where to find possible space fillers for large planters? Raid your recycling bin, choosing rigid plastics over softer, milk jug-types.
“As graphic and exciting as this room is from a color and pattern perspective it falls short, very short, on function,” explains designer Vern Yip. “Kids come with a lot of junk — bright red, yellow and blue plastic brain-forming junk that needs to go somewhere. Bins, baskets and buckets are every parent's savior when it comes to conquering kid clutter.”