Product Type: Really Useful Products household products
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That useful? Really?
Really Useful Boxes
Member Name: cha97mw
Really Useful Boxes
Advantages: available in lots of sizes, have lids, stackable
Disadvantages: lids are a bit brittle if you end up standing on them.
Like anyone who has kids, we have toys coming out of our ears, and it is a constant battle to keep their belongings and our own in some kind of semblance of order. We have invested in extra storage in a few different formats such as book shelves and fitted wardrobes, but something we find very useful around the home is storage boxes. We have a few different types in various locations round the home, such as in the bedrooms, the kids playroom, the loft and the garage to try and contain the clutter a bit.
We have 7 of the really useful boxes in the large size of 64 litres. We have these in the playroom and the kids bedroom to organise the toys.
What is really good about these boxes are they are see through and they have lids on them with handles. We tend to stack these on top of each other so that the kids then have some floor space to play in.
What we have done is stick pictures of the toys we wanted to put in each box on the side of it. It was simple enough to find similar toys to the ones we own in the argos catalogue and stick them on with cellotape. As the kids have got bigger and my eldest can now read, we have upgraded to writing on the boxes with a sharpie pen what we want to put in there.
The boxes have a large capacity which makes it super for putting all the toys you have on a certain theme within one box. Eg, we have lots of toy story themed toys which live in one box, then they have a large number of imaginext sets, so one is for the DC superheroes set and then we have another for the imaginext space and fire themed sets, and one for ben 10 and so on till each box has something in it. The dimensions of these 64 L boxes are length 710mm, width 440mm and a depth of 310mm. We have tended to pick these boxes up in January in the sales when they are a bit cheaper and we suddenly have more toys to home, but these boxes are usually around £15, and can sometimes be found on multibuy discounts.
The Really Useful boxes come in a range of capacities from a tiny 0.07L capacity to 145L capacity, and you can also get sets of drawers with these in. I have seen one of my neighbours use one of these out in the garden as they are an ideal size for putting in a few childrens garden toys such as balls and sports equipment. The fact it has a secure lid is good for keeping the equipment dry although it would not deter anyone who fancied helping themselves to your belongings.
I also saw one of my teaching colleagues using one of the smaller capacity boxes as a pencil case for carrying equipment round with her between classrooms. If I had more money, I think these would be a great way of storing supplies in my pantry as items in packets would stand up well and not be as exposed to the air, and I feel with the lid they would be great for storing perishable items in my garage as we have had a rodent problem in there previously where they got into some of my food stores from buying in bulk.
The downside to the really useful boxes is that I have found the plastic can be a bit brittle. Quite a few of the lids have chips missing from them where they have been stood on when left on the floor, and one of the boxes has a hole in the bottom, though I have no idea what caused that particular damage. I notice from the manufacturers website you can now buy these boxes in a tougher plastic which is white in colour, and you can also buy many different colours of plastic box now, which I have not noticed when shopping in store.
I find my sons cannot lift the larger boxes we have when full, and I can only just manage it, so it is worth considering what size you want and if it is manouverable once you put items in it. They hold a lot when you start filling them with fairly small toys, so its also a pain when my youngest decides to empty a couple of boxes out on the floor so he can then make a train out of the boxes, but the boxes are a fabulous size for him to sit in comfortably. I also find that the handles do come off more than I would expect, though again my youngest does seem to like taking them off. It doesn't stop the box being functional if they are missing.
I feel these boxes do live up to their name, and I think there is a box to suit every particular storage need I can think of from toys, to food stuff, to stationary, to files, to shoes, to sports equipment. The boxes are a little more expensive than other plastic boxes, but having a lid and having boxes that stack safely is worth paying a little more for. I wish I could train the kids to be a bit more gentle with them so they were still without chips, but I am happy with how they work in my home for solving the age old problem of where to put all these toys.
Summary: Really useful boxes - the name says it all really.