7 Best Storage Totes and Containers for Your Basement
Maximize basement space and bring order to your belongings with the best storage totes and bins for basement organization.
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Choose the Best Basement Storage Totes
- Consider climate: If your basement is prone to moisture, invest in bins with moisture-resistant features such as a gasket seal.
- See clearly: See-through bins let you see where items are located without opening the lid.
- Size right: TidyNest Chief Operating Organizer Shannon Krause says large bins are prone to over-packing and disorganization. “It’s difficult to properly organize the interiors since there’s so much open space,” she says. Instead, opt for a series of smaller, stackable containers.
Best Clear Storage Totes
“When you can see what is in the bins, it’s much easier to find what you’re looking for,” says professional organizer Bridget James with The Organizing Professionals, “Non-transparent bins can become a bottomless pit with mismatched items.”
For basement storage, look for bins with sturdy, multi-point latches and a gasket that helps seal out moisture, dust and pests, like Sterilite Clear Gasket Boxes. Multiple sizes are available at an affordable price.
Best for Damp Basements
Invest in bins with features to protect against damp conditions, like these Clear Weather Tight totes. Strong latches and an air- and water-tight urethane foam gasket help seal out moisture, pests and dust. “They’re easy to label, and they’re clear so there’s no guesswork involved in finding your camping gear,” says Krause.
Best for Holiday Decorations
Sparkling ornaments, strings of twinkling lights and festive wreaths make for a joyous holiday, but they spend most of the year under wraps. Holiday decorations and items of various sizes and shapes are best stored in specialized containers.
A bin with plastic inserts to wrap lights around eliminates the headache of untangling lights each holiday season. Similarly, bins with ornament inserts protect delicate baubles and eliminate the need to wrap individual ornaments in paper.
Best Multi-Feature Bin
The heavy-duty side handles make it easy to haul the bin to a jobsite, and a hinged lid means you don’t have to worry about a lid being stepped on if it’s on the floor. Also, don’t worry that the convenient clear lid is flimsy. It’s made from tough polycarbonate.
Best Budget Storage Totes
For a sturdy, stackable and an easy-on-the-budget option for basement storage, Meck Organizing‘s owner Nancy Meck recommends the Tough Storage Bins line. They’re best suited for dry and climate-controlled basements and come in lots of sizes.
For opaque bins, a strong labeling strategy is a must. “If you like a typed, consistent look, invest in a good label maker and purchase white label tape with black writing so it shows up on the container,” says Meck.
Best for Basement Playrooms
These roomy bins can handle a menagerie of stuffed animals or a robust ball collection. Enlist several bins for basement playroom storage. Assign a category of toys to each and affix labels to keep items organized.
Best Basic Basement Storage Totes
Sometimes, basic is best. With thousands of five-star reviews, polyethylene Roughneck totes are stackable and withstand temperature fluctuations. They come in lots of sizes with comfort-grip handles for easy carrying.
Pro tip: Pair your bins with good, sturdy shelving that takes advantage of vertical space. “Keep the heaviest bins on the lower shelves, keep your most frequently accessed belongings at eye level and less frequently used items on the top shelves,” says Krause.