If you’re like me, you have several boxes full of stuff under your bed. This is okay if the stuff stored in them is stuff you almost never need. But if you find yourself reaching under there on a weekly basis, you may want to consider buying something that will make the whole process easier. Wheels on a container make a big difference: they make pulling a lot easier, especially when dealing with a container full of heavy things like magazines, books, etc…
I like the lock feature on this one:
Under the bed storage containers with wheels pictured: ECR4Kids Lock and Roll Portable Under-Bed Personal Safe
If the container has a lid, all the better. It should keep the contents from getting dusty.
A wheeled cart is one of those items that no home should be without, because it has so many practical uses. It certainly does a great job of carrying laundry to and from the laundry room or laundromat, by why stop there? Many people use these types for carts for carrying groceries back from the store. In fact, it’s great for anything you need to transport but don’t want to lift, at home or outdoors.
Here’s two examples – I like the fact that this model is available in red. It’s always nice when something practical is made a bit more attractive:
Collapsible laundry carts on wheels pictured: Trimmer Shopping Cart, medium, red and X-Large, black
As practical as they are, though, they are only for light and medium loads. Unless your cart is very sturdy, it will buckle under the weight of heavy items, and it might even lose a wheel. We have all seen broken carts – missing a wheel – abandoned in parking lots and on the side of the road. If you are planning to use this type of cart to transport heavy loads, make sure the cart you buy is heavy-duty. This will mean thicker, stronger metal and better wheels. It will also mean a bigger price tag.
Again, it’s amazing what a coat of bright colored paint can do – check out the nice blue model on the left:
Pictured Left: Extra Large Folding Shopping Cart Basket 4 Wheel Jumbo WITH FREE LINER AND CARGO NET by SCF (Blue with Blue liner) by Unique Imports
Right: Folding Shopping Cart Swivel Wheel Extra Basket Jumbo Black with Liner by SCF by Unique Imports
One version of these carts has very wide wheels, which is ideal for using at the beach, as the wheels are less likely to sink in the sand. Unless they are specifically designed for use in sand, don’t bring a regular cart at the beach, as it is bound to get stuck. Some carts come with a lining. This can be very useful, since it keeps smaller items from falling through the metal wires. These linings should be removable, so that they can be washed. They may be made of cloth or nylon.
If you want to eat a meal while watching television, and you don’t have a TV in the kitchen, then you are going to end up having to eat in the living room. This means you are either going to have to hold your plate, balance it on your lap, rest it on a coffee table, or used a snack table. Obviously the most comfortable, stable and lest messy option is to use a small folding table that can be put away easily when not in use.
Normally I don’t like any fake-wood finish, but there’s something retro about these that I like:
Folding snack table pictured: Kay Home Products/Quaker 00358 Honey OAK Tray Table 21″x15″, Pack/2 by Quaker