Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Reusable Packaways Dorm Boxes {Review}

We really need help with organization at our house.

The problem is that cleaning needs to be more fun--and that's where Packaways Dorm Boxes come in!

These reusable made-in-the-USA boxes are colorful and easy to use!

I was motivated by them to clean out the closet in the kids' room, which was so scary I can't believe I'm posting pictures of it on my blog.

Read on for my full review of Packaways moving and storage boxes...and to see my scary closet!

First, Packaways come in 4 different colors (white, blue, green, and pink). In addition to traditional boxes, Packaways also makes totes and underbed storage boxes. The moving boxes (the kind I received) are cleverly designed to be put together and collapse without any tape! This means that they are great for moving and doing chores around the house. I love that they can be so easily reused!!

Here is a picture from the Packaways website showing just how easy it is to put these boxes together! I found the boxes simple to put together and take apart. At first I was worried that the bottom of the box would not hold, but I did not have to worry about that because the design is very sturdy and won't come accidentally undone. In fact, it seems that the weight of the box's contents keep the bottom of the box down and secure!

I was especially interested in Packaways because I am a student and will be moving in about a year. We also don't have a lot of time to clean because, well, we're students. When I received my boxes they were so fun and funky that I knew they would be perfect for my kids' closet. I'd been meaning to organize the mess in there for a while, and now I had the perfect containers to do it. (Drumroll, please...)

Here is the incredibly frightening closet:

packaways-dorm-boxes-reviewYup. Are you still here or did you run away screaming? Whenever the kids would outgrow an article of clothing, it would just get tossed in here. Originally there was organization (note the cardboard box we received of clothes to pass on when we were done with them), but that eventually fell into chaos as we didn't have time to sort clothes by size or "keep or toss."

"Keep or sell" sorting was my goal with the Packaway boxes. The pink box was bigger, so I decided that would be my "sell" box, to try and motivate me to get rid of more stuff. You can see the inside of the green box here, just waiting for some cute clothes to fill it up!

I went on with my closet sorting and organizing (and Baby E. "helped" by removing many items from both boxes) and within an hour I had actually made it through the entire pile of clothes!! The green box held it's load of "keep" clothes without problems, even though it was quite a pile!

The Packaways boxes were wonderful to load with clothes. I love that they have handles, so I can take the pink box down to the car and to the consignment store quickly and easily. And when I'm done at the consignment store, I know the box will easily close up flat and not take up any room at all in my car.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed my Packaways review opportunity. These fun and funky boxes gave me motivation to clean out the closet (and will help me make some money at the consignment store). Not only are they cleverly designed to fold and unfold easily, but they are durable, reusable, and made in the USA! These Packaways are real winners!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
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