Running out of room in your flat? Just moved, and just can’t imagine how you’re going to fit all of your stuff into your new house? Clutter just getting you down? We’ve all been there – sometimes, it just feels like you have way too much stuff and nowhere to put it. And clutter in your home can lead to stress you don’t need.

Luckily, storage solutions such as plastic boxes and clever containers offer a cheap and easy way to organise things in your home. They come in all shapes and sizes to fit pretty much any home storage need so have a read of our top five tips for making the most of home storage solutions and get that clutter cleared away.

1.  Accessories and Make-up

Plastic boxes and storage containers are perfect for storing make-up and other accessories like rings, earrings and nail varnish.  Counter space can easily get cluttered by brushes, lipsticks and eyeshadows. Necklaces and bracelets tangle quickly, and can easily get lost in your home if you aren’t careful. Smaller, clear plastic boxes that stack well are a perfect way to declutter your counter space and keep track of your favorite accessories. It allows you to easily know exactly what is in each compartment, so you don’t have to spend time pawing through a messy, dark drawer in your vanity.

These smaller plastic accessory boxes can also be used for things like desk organisation (pens, pencils, etc.), cables and chargers, medicine, and more. Never lose your favorite lipstick or grandma’s earrings ever again!

2.  Clothing

Many home organising stores sell plastic boxes and shelving units specifically made for storing clothing. This option is perfect for you if you’re running out of hanging closet space, or if your wardrobe drawers are getting so full that you can’t even close them anymore! If you use clear plastic boxes, you’ll easily be able to see exactly what is in each drawer, making picking out an outfit that much easier. Or, you can cover the drawers in fabric or sticky paper, making them a centerpiece in your bedroom or closet. These plastic shelving units are perfect for storing bulky clothing items that don’t seem to fit anywhere else, like sweaters. They’re also a great place to put clothing items that are out of season, like sundresses in the winter and your favorite ugly holiday sweater in the Spring. It’s an easy way to keep your closet clean and clutter free, all while allowing you to find what you need in a hurry.

3.  Under the Bed

If you’re running out of room in your house, one place that you probably aren’t using to store things (at least purposefully!) is under your bed. Plastic boxes are a perfect solution to store whatever you may need in a place that’s likely to be just gathering dust right now. Stores will often sell plastic containers that are a little slimmer and longer for this purpose, so that they can fit under that empty space beneath the bed. Another option is buying plastic boxes with wheels so that they can slip in and out from under your bed easily. This is the perfect place to store extra sheets for your bed, clean towels, or blankets for when the nights get a little colder.

4.  Gift Wrapping Storage

Most of us have a very unorganised drawer or bucket with all of our gift wrapping supplies. Come the holidays or a birthday, there’s ribbon everywhere, tissue paper is crumpled up, and you can’t find a piece of wrapping paper big enough to cover the box you’re trying to wrap. Plastic boxes or shelving units are a great way to organise all your gift wrapping supplies! You can store each type of wrapping in a drawer, and label each for easy access. This way, you can keep your tissue paper un-crinkled, your bows and ribbons untangled, and your wrapping paper separate from gift bags. No more mess, and wrapping becomes a breeze!

5.  Holiday Decor

Plastic boxes are a perfect place to store holiday decor that you don’t need all year round. Luckily, plastic boxes come in various shapes and sizes, so you’re likely to find at least a few that will fit all of your holiday decorations inside. Instead of taking up space in a closet, and having to untangle Christmas lights for a whole day, you can use everyday items, like a hanger, to wrap the lights around so they won’t get tangled. Stack up the hangers in your plastic storage container, slap a label on it, and you won’t have to worry about it until the next holiday season, and can easily deck the halls without having to spend hours on the floor, trying to detangle a mess of cords. Out of sight, out of mind, and most importantly, out of your way!

Similarly, put all those tree decorations into one clear plastic box and you’ll save yourself hours of searching through the attic to find the box of baubles while your little ones jump up and down impatiently around the tree.

You can get plastic storage boxes pretty much anywhere, and they come in various shapes and sizes, depending upon your need for them. Leave them clear so that you can easily know what’s inside each and get to what you need quickly, or cover them in fabric and label them, making them a new, functional storage piece that fits in with the rest of your decor.

Slap a cover on them, and you can protect the contents from dust, water damage, bugs, and more. They are usually relatively cheap, and offer a great solution for home storage options that won’t break your bank. And these are just a few of the almost limitless options you can use plastic boxes for when you’re looking for home storage solutions. The great thing about plastic boxes is that they are very versatile, and really, the only limit on what you can do with them is your imagination.