Three Things to Look for in Storage Tubs With Locking Lids

Put a lid on it! No seriously, if you want your stuff to stay fresh, pick a bin with a secure lid.

Even the cleanest, most fastidious home owner can’t completely alleviate dirt, dust and other pesky invaders, especially when it comes to items you don’t use every day. For the stuff you take out of storage only seasonally or once in a while, a tub with an airtight locking lid is a must.

Modular Design

These sturdy plastic tubs with buckle-up latches have built-in handles, making them easy to retrieve. IRIS USA, Inc.

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Once you fill your storage bin with heavy stuff, a handle will make your life a whole lot easier when you try to pull it off a shelf or out from under the bed. Certain options fit together vertically, so if you want to create a vertical tower, double check that the ones you’ve chosen are compatible.

Trusted Brand

The square-edge design allows these to fit easily into cabinets and closets. Rubbermaid

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Dust, drips and other damaging elements—they’re all reasons to put a lid on it. If you’re only planning to use your storage bins for part of the year (say, for sweater storage in the summertime), pick a nesting option so they take up minimal space when not in use.

Eco-Conscious

This Chicago-based company is committed to sustainability and uses reprocessed resin to make its tubs. At three pounds each, these are best for bulky items like shoes or board games. HOMZ

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If you plan to move your bins about a lot, or you have arthritis or another painful condition, look for a model with ergonomic grips, which will be more comfortable in your hand. Also consider getting a transparent container so you can easily view the contents before you move.

Also Consider

These polyethylene bins are impact-resistant and able to withstand temps ranging from 0 to 110 degrees Fahrenheit—perfect if you’re planning to keep them in an attic or garage. Rubbermaid

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The top of one tub becomes the base for the next when you pile these transparent bins in a column. Even different-size bins stack neatly. Sterilite

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