Clever Organizers: Beyond the Pail

Metal buckets are an old-fashioned container with a modern look. Use them to hold just about anything anywhere, from sporting goods in the garage to crafts in the closet.

By: Jennifer Oneil and Kitty Oneil

Related To:

  1. Storage

Weather Bucket

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Store your winter accessories in an easy to find place instead of rummaging through the closet every time you leave the house.

Make going outside in the rain a breeze by keeping foul-weather gear organized by the door. Assign each member of the family a steel bucket to hold hats, gloves and umbrellas. No more hunting for lost mittens.

Craft Projects

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Crafts lead to clutter. Use these pails to organize your mess.

Tidy up your craft closet by storing your projects in old-fashioned milk pails. Use different pails for different projects to keep your quilting, knitting and crocheting organized. Then, when you find time to work on your scarf, you can grab your knitting bucket and knit up a storm.

Sporting Goods

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Use these buckets to organize sports equipment in your garage.

Turn a corner of your garage into sporting goods central by storing balls, Frisbees and jump ropes in galvanized steel buckets from the hardware store. Hang the buckets from sturdy hooks on the wall at a height everyone can reach. With clever storage like that, you'll never trip over tennis balls again.

Kids' Toys

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Teach your kids how to organize by having them place their stuffed friends in these pails when they are finished playing.

Don't let your child's room go to the dogs — give her a place to put all her stuffed animals. Metal buckets make a darling display for fuzzy little friends, and when every animal has a home, they're easy — and fun — to put away.

Beach Retreat

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Need a bit of rest and relaxation? Fill this pail with all the necessities you need for a day at the beach.

Relaxation is moments away when you create your very own seaside retreat in a vintage pail. Fill it up with everything you need for a quiet afternoon on the sand, like a fluffy beach towel, sunscreen and a steamy romance novel. Keep it handy so you can escape to your backyard oasis anytime — and don't forget your mai tai.

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