Totes Magotes: Investing In Storage Containers

Totes Magotes: Investing In Storage Containers

Tess Wilson
Sep 15, 2014
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Our new house has a hundred-year old cellar rather than a basement, but thanks to a high-powered dehumidifier and a major investment in totes, we're pretty sure we'll be able to store things down there. Speaking of investment, how much is reasonable to spend keeping your possessions safe and dry?

How much should you invest in the things you already own? And why are totes so expensive? We asked ourselves all of these questions as we perused the options at Home Depot, Target, Amazon, and Menard's. We finally settled on some adorably rugged 27-gal totes from Home Depot on sale for $12.47/each and bought a cool dozen. Now, we should be able to store our off-season clothes, camping gear, keepsakes, sports equipment, etc., without it all becoming ruined by dampness or repurposed as mouse nests.

This was one of those grown-up, fairly necessary, well-researched, reasonably affordable purchases that can still leave you reeling: we spent how much? On totes?!? Do we even like/care about the stuff we're going to put in them? Should we have just saved the money to buy all new stuff?

Of course, that line of thinking dead-ends pretty quickly, as there's no way a family of three could purchase hardcore winter wardrobes and outdoor gear for $150, let alone replace all of the rest of our stuff. I suppose we'll just have to suck up the cost and rest easy knowing that our useful and beloved things are well-protected. And that the totes are not only cute, but way cheaper than renting a storage unit.

How much have you spent on long-term storage? Were you excited about the organizational possibilities, or was it just another hopelessly boring purchase? Did you decide not to splash out on totes, and live to regret it?

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