Product Type: Really Useful Products household products
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Useful by name, Useful by nature!
Really Useful Boxes
Member Name: Drewster_Rooster
Really Useful Boxes
Advantages: Well Made, Durable, Handy,
Disadvantages: Suspension files are a little flimsy but can easily be replaced
In a bid to become more organised with the reams of paperwork I had to complete and the bills I had to set up when I moved into my new home I decided that I needed some sort of filing and storage system in place. I'm the type of person who will open a piece of post, leave it on the side and then either forget about it or, more likely, throw it away and over the years I've lost count of the times where I've needed something, been unable to find it and spent many frustrating hours searching for the 'safe place' I invariably put it. All my home bills are set up as direct debits so I receive regular paperwork from my suppliers, similarly I have warranties on household items and Insurance certificates that need to be kept safely away and I wanted something that would house all these things together in one place. Looking on amazon for something suitable led me to find the subject of this review, Really Useful's plastic filing box, it was available for a little under £15.00 and came with 10 suspension files, perfect I thought for what I wanted and so I went ahead and placed my order.
A Really Useful Box
Admittedly this isn't the most glamorous thing in the world to own and when I unpacked my box from amazon I did think that perhaps £15.00 was a little too much to spend on a moulded piece of plastic but my initial reservations were soon put to one side when I began to realise just how useful this actually was. The box isn't terribly big, mine measures up at 29cm in width, just under 26cm in depth and around 40cm in height and is constructed from thick, durable translucent plastic. It has a handle on either side and a removable thick plastic top and weighs around 1 kilogram so not all that heavy. There are 2 grooves which run down the top of the width inside the box and these are fashioned to hold suspension files and my order from amazon included 10 files which allowed me to start using the box for what I wanted straight away.
There is an indentation on the lid which enables you to stack another box on top if you have more than 1 and all in all mine feels incredibly sturdy and extremely well made. The plastic is of a good thickness that it doesn't bend or misshape and does feel solid to the touch, transporting the box is easily done thanks to the handles on the sides and again these are of excellent quality and are comfortable to hold.
The 10 suspension files that are provided in this package are OK, I don't think they're exceptional quality to be honest and the supporting clips do feel a little on the flimsy side but because I had 10 to use I made sure that I didn't overload the files with anything too heavy and this would be my recommendation to other people should they decide to buy this for themselves. I was able to sort through my paperwork and categorise it before filing it away and now that it's all in place I know where everything is and should I need something I know where to go to find it. My box has a 19 litre capacity which is more than ample to hold my 10 files plus their contents and there is still room for me to add more files should I want to buy extra. The box doesn't have to be used as a filing system if you don't want to hang your paperwork in suspension files as any piece of A4 paper fits into the box easily without the need for folding and because it does have a generous depth it could be used for tidying other things away.
Overall for something that is functional I do think that this is a very handy thing to own, it's certainly made me a lot more organised with my paperwork and it's made life that bit easier for me at the times when I've needed to find a specific bank statement or bill. There's nothing to criticise as far as the build quality of the box goes and as it's name suggests this is a "Really Useful" item to own in my opinion.
Five stars from me as a rating, I wouldn't want to be without mine now. Thanks for reading my review.
Summary: A Really Useful Box!