18 Clever Storage Solutions
Some of these clever storage solutions are simple, and some use sophisticated designs and technology to help you store and schlep your stuff, and tidy up your mess. Some of my nods of approval go to storage solutions that just get the job done, while others are works of art unto themselves that also happen to hold your gear and organize your clutter. I hope you enjoy them all, and can perhaps find one or two that will suit your own storage needs.
Note: storage products are priced as they were at printing. Pricing, and availability, are subject to change.
Steampunk Cyborg Jewelry Boxes & EDC Organizers
Above left you see the delighted grin of Steampunk Cyborg 002, who craftsman Simon Roy says is "here to raise hell!" Really? He looks more Weeeee! than Muahahaha! to me. Issue 002, like Roy's other Steampunk Cyborg Jewelry Boxes & EDC Organizers, is made of sustainably sourced North American maple and black walnut. He's a modular bot box with detachable eyes (so careful with him) which you can also flip around to create different looks.
Most of the organizers have 4 drawers for storing jewelry, EDC, and perhaps small maker craft pieces that will help you and Steampunk Cyborg 002 team up to take over the world.
Horizontal Shoe Rack
PackIt Flex Bento Food Storage Container
The PackIt Flex bento-style divided food storage container ensures you'll be able to PackIt in, and then PackIt down the hatch at lunchtime, without being dealt the crushing blow of finding your chicken salad wrap has been soggified by your coleslaw, or your leftover Flamingo Surprise Jell-O salad leached into your leftover Ancho Chile Meatballs.
Briefcase Battery Organizer Storage Box
Briefcase full of batteries?! That's almost as good as cash or
cocaine totally legal CBD oil! And we're not talking 140 batteries tossed in all willy-nilly to tumble into entropy like the ones you currently toss in a shoebox or junk drawer; this battery storage box is an organizational dream, with individually cut holes to cradle all of your favorite juicer-uppers snug as a bug in a rug:
UFO Storage Jar
When I give my mama this UFO storage jar for all the cookies and other special treats she makes before I come over, I'll just tell her the lid is a ladies' gardening hat instead of an alien spaceship. That way we'll both get something out of it.
Suck UK brings sci-fi and whimsy to their "high quality kitchen storage container," shaping a glass jar into the beam-me-up ray of a solid cork UFO airtight lid. Use the jar to keep your cookies, coffee, noodles, Froot Loops, and dog treats fresher for longer, or use it to have some fun with your kids' LEGOs and action figures, your workshop screws and nuts, or your bathroom balls and swabs.
The Couch Console
We're already working, grocery shopping, and ordering piles of sweatpants and 3-course dinners without leaving home. The Couch Console proposes taking things a step further: do it all without leaving your couch. Containing a self-balancing cup holder, snack holder, phone stand, charging dock, remote control tray, and storage pocket, the Couch Console is like a bento box not just for your lunch, but your whole day.
The organizer's standout feature is probably its self-balancing cup holder, a slot for coffee, sodie, or beer that sits on a gyroscope that keeps it sitting upright even as your couch cushions shift and bump under your bodyweight. If you prefer, you can also lock the system.
EZSTAX Interlocking Dividers Organizer
Seems like it's always easier to make a mess than it is to clean it up. And while there are plenty of items out there to prevent the former - bibs, sippy cups, condoms - and help with the latter - vacuums, washing machines, Harvey Keitel - EZSTAX is a rare jewel that does both. An organizer comprised of stackable interlocking dividers, EZSTAX keeps clothes and documents stored, tidied, and separated without consuming extra space, and without disturbing items above and below when you need to remove something from a divider in the middle.
RotopaX Fuel & Storage Cells
RotopaX, available in 1, 1.75, 2, 3, and 4-gallon capacities, are modular cells that mount to motorcycles, ATVs, SUVs, your mom's back, and trucks. They hold backup fuel, water, or any number of emergency preparedness supplies. RotopaX fuel containers carry EPA and carb compliance thanks to their 3-layer roto-molding process and a plastic barrier material that meets the US Government's permeability requirements. Cells are also suitable for carrying water or storing dry necessities, such as tools and first-aid packs.
USU Parking Spot Storage Unit
The Urban Storage Unit, or USU (pronounced "oooh-sue"), provides up to 1,000 pounds worth of additional storage for people with assigned parking spots in apartment and condominium complexes.
USU takes advantage of one of the few areas within urban multi-family buildings not already consumed by your or someone else's crap: the air above the hood of your car. Available in 91" or 98" widths, each aluminum container installs on a steel base within the confines of a standard parking space. On the outside USU is fitted with a 2-point keyed metal lock and welded seams to protect stored belongings. Inside awaits an empty box ready to cuddle a pile of your precious sporting goods, tools, Motown vinyl collection, and flux capacitor parts measuring up to 91"/98" wide x 36" deep x 30" high.
WALI Wall Outlet Shelf
WALI - not to be confused with WALL-E, last robot on earth and star of the 2008 cinematic smash hit of the same name - is a wall outlet shelf that I'd put under the category Lifehack, right alongside the toilet paper holder with phone storage shelf. It's certainly not necessary, and maybe not even a "How did I ever live without it?" type of product like Glad Press'n Seal Food Wrap and a bidet are, but I bet once you have it you'll get tons of use out of it.
The Clip Hanger Hat Rack
Hat-Headz Clip Hanger hat rack is apparently enough of a requirement in baseball cap-wearers' lives that the company is on their v4.0. Four iterations of webbed straps dangling from doors to secure, organize, and display your headwear! I'm curious what first world problems The Clip Hanger IV solves that versions I through III couldn't manage to nail down. Or rather, clip up.
You're 10 minutes away from 12-gauge cold rolled plate steel. Console vaults are truck / SUV console safes that slide in and secure to factory console bolts. Welded tab and notch seams, a 3-point, pry-resistant locking system, and rear locking pins just like those used on bank vault doors add to the impenetrability of the safes' hardy steel composition. Once your valuables are inside, parking lot window smashers and punk kids from the neighborhood aren't getting jack back out.
No matter how many Jr. Bacon Cheeseburgers Jack promises them.
4' x 4' Cable-Lifted Storage Rack
Where are you going to put all that crap you got for Christmas? How about all that crap you got new crap to replace at Christmas? I like this 4' x 4' Cable-Lifted Storage Rack from Racor for 3 reasons: 1) It allows me to use dead space overhead that would otherwise go to waste; 2) It can hold up to 250 pounds of my stuff; and 3) Its cable and pulley system grants me access to my stuff without a ladder, which makes it the ideal place to stash the stuff my wife thinks I gave up for New Year's Resolutions, such as Little Debbie Swiss Cake Rolls and Dan Fogelberg vinyls, when she's out or busy watching HGTV.
KeySmart Compact Key Holder
The KeySmart is a keychain designed to hold between 2 and 100 keys tidily, compactly, and jingle-free. It will fit and fold out of sight almost any key found at your local hardware store, plus car keys, car fobs, keychains, and other accessories with an included attachment.
Handmade in Chicago, KeySmart organizers have an "S" design that stores keys neatly in a stack hidden inside its pair of aircraft aluminum plates and stainless steel hardware. Adding/removing keys is simple with the use of a coin and a few hand cranks. Distinguishing which key is which will require a little more left brain activity, or the help of a Sharpie.
Kradl Manual Bike Lift & Storage System
At first glance, Kradl seems to be regressing. A manual bike lift? A storage system requiring you to hoist your bicycle up to the ceiling of your garage without the assistance of electricity or ropes and pulleys? What is this, Old Tech Tuesday?
Nay, says Kradl, it's Low Tech Tuesday. The company describes its bike lift and storage system as a simplification of the process and effort typically required to rack your bike to a ceiling or rafters. Kradl uses a harness to that attaches to your top tube or wheel, and then a release cord and lift mechanism to take on the heavy lifting of pulling your bike up to its base, and securing it overhead.
Gneiss Spice Magnetic Spice Jars
Feeling crafty? Feeling spicy? Craft a spice mosaic on your fridge, or other magnetic kitchen surface, with Gneiss Spice's sets of Magnetic Spice Jars.
Available in small and large sizes, the Magnetic Spice Jars arrive empty, in sets of 10, 12, or 24. Large jars hold 4 ounces of flavorings, or a heaping 1/2 cup, and measure 2.5" x 2.5". Small jars are 2" tall x 1.75" wide, and hold a scant 1/4 cup of spice. Jar lids are embedded with smooth neodymium magnets to hold them in place, and put your colorful dried herbs and aromatics on display in whatever artful configuration, or OCD alphabetical / frequency of use / texture scale order you like.
Over-the-Sink Dish Drying Rack
This over-the-sink dish drying rack is a 2-tier space saver with a side of storage and organization. A real multi-tasker that does it all with poise and elegance. Sound like any maternal figure you might know? One who has a special day coming up?
For those who don't need a gift for Mom, but do need a place to put their wet dishes and silverware that doesn't consume half the available kitchen countertop space, the over-the-sink rack is an expandable storage solution that can also set up on the counter or inside the sink for draining and drying dishes. It's made of stainless steel and comes with several detachable baskets and cubbies.
Volkner Mobil RVs with Built-In Car Storage
Volkner Mobil RVs don't come with a Mini-Cooper, but if you want to make highest and best use of the motorhomes' center built-in car storage, I'd highly recommend getting one. Volkner says a new Fiat 500 would work too. And that's just in their Performance Perfection model, shown above. Go for the upgraded Performance motorhome, and your motorgarage will accommodate a Porsche 911, BMW i8, Mercedes C-Class Cabriolet, Ferrari, "or whatever" according to Volkner. Loading and unloading takes just a few minutes, courtesy of the hydraulics supporting the extension and retraction of the vehicle platform.
Though not as visually slick, the Volkner 800 - Adventure Line and 920 - 1200 HG models also have mid-size vehicle and recreational equipment storage chambers with slide-out ramps at the rear.