RL Tips: Organizing with Boxes

Make the most of your hidden and portable storage


Keep your space clutter-free with these tips that maximize storage at home. Design Consultant Elle Uy shares, "When looking for boxes, choosing the best ones depends on where you'll use them, and what you'll put in it. If [they] will be placed openly in the room, choose something that will complement your space's decor. If you're putting them in the kitchen or bathroom, choose plastic boxes that are resilient to water damage. Clear boxes are for those that you need to see without opening, such as shoes."

Styling by Pam Tan. Photographed by Miguel Nacianceno.

Read the original article ("Box It!") in the June 2012 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details.  

Keep these tips in mind:

1. Boxes are flexible storage options. You can stash them almost anywhere—under the bed or coffee table, on shelves, or piled neatly in one corner. Another big plus is that if you move house, all you have to do is haul your boxes! 

2. To make these storage solutions part of your décor, hide  eyesores in attractive boxes. You can get these at craft stores, or you can make your own using old boxes and wrapping paper.

3 You can stack  two or three boxes beside your couch or bed in lieu of an end table or a bedside table. This way, they can hold common clutter culprits in the area, like DVDs, CDs, and magazines 

4. Label your boxes to know what’s inside. You wouldn’t want to open each one of them every time you look for something. 


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