Looking for ways to discover more storage and stay organized while also keeping the planet in mind? Us too. We love to think about how we can bring order and organization to every space in our home—and do so in the most eco-friendly, green way possible. With just a little creativity, it's easy to achieve sustainable, eco-conscience storage solutions. Read on to discover our favorite eco-friendly storage ideas!
THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX
The best way to be eco-friendly is to reuse and repurpose items in your home that may not be fulfilling their true potential. Items like milk crates, wooden wine boxes or even just cardboard boxes can be given new life—simply arrange or stack them to create a brand new shelving unit. Add a basket inside for chic and stylish storage, or simply leave the face open to easily view and access what's inside. For an even more creative solution, we love the idea of stacking up unused luggage and suitcases to create a side table. Not only a unique addition to your décor, it also provides handy interior storage space, too.
Wherever possible, give small items their own proper place to avoid losing them to greater chaos. An old, unused ice cube tray makes an incredible organizing tool in a desk drawer or craft room for small office supplies like paper clips, rubber bands and thumb tacks. You can also use the tray to organize jewelry in a drawer or errant nails and screws in a tool box. In the kitchen, use magazine holders to bring space-efficient, vertical storage to items like aluminum foil and plastic wrap boxes or even small cutting boards. Another idea for the kitchen is to organize (and decrease the storage space needed!) tupperware lids by arranging them in a metal CD rack. It will cut down on the clutter in your drawers or cabinets—plus it makes these pesky lids easy to find! In the closet, you can use old wine case boxes with compartment dividers to compactly store sandals and small shoes. If you don't have these at home, simply ask at a local grocery store, restaurant or bar.
HANG IT UP
By adding hanging storage—even to places you might not expect it—you can discover extra storage space and order with ease. Add a tension rod under the sink to organize cleaning supplies—simply hang spray bottles on the rod and voilà! There will be more space in the cabinet itself for other items. You can achieve the same effect in kitchen cabinets by affixing towel racks to the backs of the cabinet doors. That way, you can easily store lids, suspended in the towel racks, and have more space in the cabinets themselves for your pots and pans. In fact, you can do the same in any cabinet by attaching storage bins or a plastic shoe organizer to the back of the cabinet doors with adhesive hooks. Instantly, you've added organized, additional space to your cabinets!
When it comes time to purchase something new, be sure to purchase storage items that are made from eco-friendly materials. These include reclaimed and recycled materials, as well as wood that is FSC-certified. You'll find all kinds of unique and beautiful storage solutions that are as kind to the planet as they are to your décor over at vivaterra.com.