Tote boxes are an excellent way to transport, store and keep items together. While they are available to consumers pretty basic, they are available in a variety of sizes and colors. Totes stack well, slip under furniture conveniently for stow-away storage, and can even be creatively fitted with do it yourself, DIY, custom inserts that allow tote boxes to look as great as they function.
DIY: Custom Inserts for Tote Boxes
When it comes to factory made tote boxes, most buyers select a color, grab a few and get home only to find themselves with a half-solution. The good news, is that custom inserts for tote boxes can easily be created, usually without expense, from the extra materials that people have lying around their homes already. Some great opportunities to create custom inserts include:
- Tool storage
- Food transport and storage
- Hobbies and crafts; and
- Keeping seasonal items well cared for
Two examples of how to create DIY custom inserts for tote boxes include:
Portable tote-tool storage allows project essentials to be located conveniently in one place. To make a tool-friendly, custom insert for a plastic tote, gather:
- Small cardboard boxes
- Old egg cartons; and
- Duct tape
Determine which tools will be stored together. For instance, a power-drill, wall-putty, screws, various hand-tools, hammer and nails. Next, organize the tote so that the larger tools will lay on the bottom of the tote. Next, select a large-size cardboard box that will horizontally hold smaller-sized “box-tray” compartments. Cut the tops off of the boxes so that they resemble trays. Egg cartons can then be cut and fit into the cardboard trays to hold and organize screws, nails and miscellaneous hardware. Duct tape trays for added reinforcement as needed. Cardboard boxes may also be cut vertically to make extra dividers.
Food transport and storage
To make a tote fit for transporting and storing groceries gather:
- Mylar from an old balloon
- Duct Tape
- Two plastic totes, one that fits inside of the other; and
- Several plastic “blue-ice” ice blocks
Line the larger tote with mylar, cut-to-size and tape it down, for insulation purposes. Next, situate the totes so that the smaller one sits inside of the larger one. Place the plastic ice blocks in the space between the two totes. Bagged groceries can easily be added to the tote box and then carried into the home at once.
In addition to tool or pantry-friendly tote inserts, these projects can be pulled off with a little imagination and even littler material. Tote boxes store clothing and holiday decor away for seasonal purposes, or for small space living, and they can also be used with exterior-style, reverse ingenuity where the smaller sized plastic tote box functions as the bottom of a carrying-tote for crafts and hobbies like knitting. No matter what the tote box is being used for, enhanced, these excellent tools will come in handy throughout the years.