Iris boxes are driving me crazy!

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Posted 1/20/2013 by melonhead in General Scrappin'


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Posted: 1/20/2013 12:02:47 PM
I was so sure they would be the answer. I love being able to see into them, but the lids have no place to go when they are open.

I bought some in a rack a few years back, and I keep stuff in them that I don't go to very often. That kind of works for me.

Last summer I bought a bunch of the colored ones from Michaels and these are the ones I tend to leave out, open, on the desk or table. But the lids get in the way. They tend to knock other stuff over or cover it up so the other stuff is "lost".

Unfortunately I'm one of those people who needs to see stuff. Out of sight is out of mind, ya know?

Would I be better off getting some of the little drawer units?

How soon should I abandon a storage idea that I've actually spent money on? (Not tons of money, but money just the same.)

I feel another afternoon of organizing and not scrapping coming on.

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Posted: 1/20/2013 12:23:11 PM
I have a love/hate relationship with those too. I love that I can see thru them and they stack pretty well under my table. My problem is that over time they don't seem to snap close very well and that drives me crazy!

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Posted: 1/20/2013 12:55:58 PM
I don't have any but I can see that the lid being attached would be a problem for me.
I bought some of thesedrawer units that I love. I can pull out the drawer I need and take it to my work space. Sadly they are not 12x12.

I have contemplated buying the Iris containersfor supplies I don't use often (Christmas, Halloween etc) Perhaps you can redistribute what you use them for?

Also could you use them in other areas of your house? basement storage? First aid kit? Under the bathroom sink storage?
I find that a good storage box is one that can be used elsewhere..

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Posted: 1/20/2013 1:27:50 PM
The good news is the tops come off and you can store till you need them. I keep mine in the cart without the tops. They are of no use to me when the tops are on until I moved. Glad I kept them.

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Posted: 1/20/2013 1:30:15 PM
No boxes, I have everything in drawers. I should label them. I'll put it on my list of things that'll never get done.

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Posted: 1/20/2013 1:31:30 PM
I have the Sterlite drawers that fit 12 x 12. Iris containers would make me crazy.

Target has the drawers for around $13.

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Posted: 1/20/2013 1:53:17 PM
I use what's known as "Iris medium drawers with cart". I'm sorry I don't know how to link, but you can easily find it on Google. Basically it's a black plastic unit with casters with plastic clear see through drawers without lids. The drawers are not 12x12 so they don't hold paper, but they hold everything else. The drawers can be removed easily by pulling one out and squeezing in on the plastic sides.

I really like these because: they hold a ton of stuff, I can take out a drawer and bring it to my desk, the cart can slide right under my desk, or sit beside it. I also put three carts together, got a piece of plywood from Home Depot, stained it and set it on top. Now I have storage space on top of the carts AND the drawers. Labelling the drawers helps you find exactly what you need when you need it.

I'm have a tight budget so I bought them one at a time, but I've had them for years and they've worked wonderfully!

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Posted: 1/20/2013 1:59:16 PM
PS Correction. Mine is called "Iris Medium cart with 6 drawers". Woops.

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Posted: 1/20/2013 3:21:21 PM
I keep specialty paper, cardstock, holiday, or themed paper in them - I used a label maker to label each one... I have one on my desk that I've taken the lid off that I use for scraps... 12x12 sheets that have 8x8 or more left to them space sit in the lid, and smaller than 8x8 lay in the bottom... I put a piece of cardboard from one of my Two Peas orders under the stack of larger sheets in the lid and can put that pile on top of the smaller scraps, put the lid back on, and be able to separate the piles the next time I'm using them... It's not perfect but I couldn't get into other ways of storing scraps... I have a magazine rack that I file new patterned papers in - the Iris boxes weren't working for those for me either...

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Posted: 1/21/2013 3:08:38 PM
I got one of the units at Michaels with the 10 shallow drawers in them. Now I'm organizing stuff into the drawers. At least one of the drawers will have the cereal box dividers in it, for various embellishments, etc. If I ever get enough ceral boxes, that is.

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Posted: 1/21/2013 5:33:31 PM
If the Iris boxes are what you're struck with for now, what about slicing through the hinge part on the back? This way, the lid still fastens on if you need it to, but then comes totally off too..


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Posted: 1/21/2013 6:31:10 PM
I use shoe & sweater drawers from The Container Store. They are AWESOME! Kinda pricy, but well worth the $$ if you ask me. The drawers pull out so you can easily look through them at your work area/table.

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Posted: 1/21/2013 6:43:56 PM
Oh, those container store boxes look great! I must check those out.

I use an Iris container cart and I like it. It's handy, it's stackable, it doesn't take much room. I use the type that holds 12 x 12 paper. I like that it keeps supplies dust free and doesn't bend paper.

I haven't taken the tops off the boxes but it seems like it would be pretty easy to just undo the hinge and leave your boxes without the tops if that is what you prefer.

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