Don’t Waste Those Cardboard Boxes – Turn Them Into Usable Storage Units

Everybody today is so conscious about reusing and recycling boxes, paper and plastic. It is possibly the best thing that a responsible citizen could think of doing. In fact, it should be a voluntary effort that everyone undertakes to contribute to the greening of the planet. So, let’s think of doing something quite innovative with those cardboard boxes – can we turn them into operational storage units? Of course, we can – if we know how to go about the whole process.

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Storing Cardboard Boxes

This is the first step that one takes while reusing cardboard boxes. Let us imagine that you have access to a whole lot of boxes from a friend who has discarded them. It is possible that your friend is a trader and hence gets a lot of these boxes as packing material. The first thing to do before you think of making a storage unit is to ensure that all the boxes are first flattened out, cleaned and kept away. When you have decided to make the unit to store your stuff, you can take the boxes out and fit them together in the best possible way.

Keeping The Storage Unit Clean

Since the storage units that you have put together are not very sturdy – remember they are made of cardboard – you need to ensure that they are always clean and free of moisture. Another problem that you are likely to face with such units is a mildew attack. You might find that the stuff that you have stored in these units get spoilt because the unit has become weak or mouldy. Please be careful when you use cardboard. Since you are trying to recycle a box, you could ensure that the same unit is not used for a great length of time; instead, keep changing the boxes that you use to make your storage unit. 

Stacking Of Units

This is sometimes an art – you need to stack your boxes so perfectly that nobody realizes that your storage units are just recycled material. In case you are not able to stack these boxes one upon another, you could think of using a metal or plastic frame. This is again a very inexpensive option that you could think of either at home or in the office. Also remember that if you are using boxes, the bathroom and kitchen might not be ideal places to house them.

I hope your storage unit becomes the envy of your friends and relatives. You are not only helping yourself and your family; you are helping the environment too. This is because you are using recycled material to its fullest possible advantage. Once you have finished assembling all these boxes, you could also think of painting your storage units or covering them up with some plasticky paper. This would give it a nice finish and make your living space very warm and welcoming.