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DIY: Custom Inserts for Tote Boxes

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
  • Clothing
  • Food transport and storage
  • Hobbies and crafts; and
  • Keeping seasonal items well cared for


Garage Organization Tote Boxes

Garage Organization Tote Boxes



Two examples of how to create DIY custom inserts for tote boxes include:

Garage organization

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.


Biggest Cause for Allergies in the Home

Allergens hide in the most tricky places. Each surface, especially those underfoot or in the bedroom can collect substances that cause asthma, wheezing, sneezing, irritations, upper respiratory problems and other health issues. Where are these allergens coming from? How can a homeowner get rid of them? How can the home be as allergen free as possible?

These common areas could be the worst places for household allergens.

Mattresses: Dust mites are microscopic creatures that thrive in our mattresses and bedding and feed off our dead skin cells. Those allergic to dust mites may have upper respiratory trouble at night. The best combatant to this disgusting problem is to invest in allergenic mattress covers or replace a mattress frequently.


Pillows: Pillows made of down are far more likely to trigger allergies that those made of polyester materials. Symptoms such as scratchy throats and night-time coughing could indicate that a family member is allergic to the down in the pillow or the comforter.

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Bed linens: One-third of every day is spent in the bedroom, so it is important to eliminate as many allergens in this room as possible. Frequent washing of bed linens will also help eliminate the accumulation of dust mites and animal dander. It may be safer, but not as cozy, to have the dog sleep in the other room.


Dusty surfaces: Dust is not just dirt; it’s microscopic debris, animal dander, dead skin cells, food particles, fibers, and other pollutants. As it accumulates, it can be a trigger to some allergies and upper respiratory ailments. Any grease in the kitchen will attract dust too. Consider dusting often and thoroughly to reduce this problem.

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Carpeting: Dust, dust mites, animal dander and debris can stick to the fibers of carpeting. Over time, the bacteria and dirt gets worse and can be a potential health hazard. Even new carpeting isn’t necessarily safer, because certain chemical emissions can be irritating and harmful. Clean carpets often, but if allergies persist or get worse, consider removing carpeting altogether for safer, easier to clean hardwood floors.


Damp areas: Old air filters, under sinks and neglected leaks can create mold or mildew. Homeowners should take diligent steps to reduce the accumulation of mold and mildew in their home. Renters need to communicate with their landlords about the potential for mold and remove or hinder it as much as possible. Left untouched, it can cause damage to the property as well as health problems.


The only way to reduce allergens in the home is to frequently clean. Diligent homeowners should carefully inspect every room of the house and install air filtering systems, cover their mattresses with hypo-allergenic covers and maintain their floors with a thorough cleaning system. They may try Neato Robotic VX-21 by NEATO Robotic Cleaner that can vacuum up dust, mites, animal dander and other allergens underfoot.

No one likes allergies, but they can be beaten with care, cleaning and consideration of all of their sources.

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