Storage that's hard-working, attractive and practical
Two teenagers. Four sets of house keys. Three cellphones. Four kinds of glasses. Chez nous, it all makes for one big mess by the front door. Somebody must have explained this pitiable situation to the folks at Rubbermaid, who’ve come up with a new line of storage boxes called Bento containers that combine functionality with good looks.
The multi-sized boxes have flexible dividers inside them that
pop out, which means the user can customize compartments for various items rather than dumping everything inside to simply cerate another disorganized mess in a box. They also have open handles on the sides so that picking them up to move is easy. And the larger sizes have lids that cleverly transform into trays, which means they can do double duty as low-rise end tables. Bento containers have immediately gone on to my list of contenders of fave new products for 2013.
For me, four of the smallest size at the front door would mean that everyone would have a spot to park their stuff, and the number of times I’d hear somebody moaning about keys/glasses/transit passes they couldn’t find would diminish.
In the office, I’m using larger ones to store printer paper and
accessories, while other sizes house CD’s and supplies. The smallest help me keep my jump drives organized and all of them can sit nicely in a neat stack in a corner.
You could also use them on open shelving to create a co-ordinated look. Or to hide outdoor patio gear - napkins, tea-lights, etc - by the back door or balcony. In our tv room, I'm considering hiding weights and bands in one, so it will be easy to do some exercise while watching the Leafs win the Stanley Cup this year. And did I mention I love the spicy paprika colour they come in?
My 20-something daughter spied them the other day and said they’d be great for storing hair/make-up/jewellry stuff in the tiny bedroom of her university-town apartment. Sadly, when I suggested to my 17-year-old son that he might like a set to store his stuff in his dorm room next year, he said, “but that’s what the floor is for, isn’t it?” There is much work to be done between now and September, apparently.
The pretty boxes are made from MDDF board and covered in durable polyester. Prices start at about $10 at Target