Clever Organizers: Beyond the Pail

Metal buckets are an old-fashioned container with a modern look. Use them to hold just about anything anywhere, from sporting goods in the garage to crafts in the closet.
By: Jennifer O'Neil and Kitty O'Neil

Weather Bucket

Make going outside in the rain a breeze by keeping foul-weather gear organized by the door. Assign each member of the family a steel bucket to hold hats, gloves and umbrellas. Now, there's no more hunting for lost mittens.

Beach Retreat

Relaxation is moments away when you create your very own seaside retreat in a vintage pail. Fill it up with everything you need for a quiet afternoon on the sand, like a fluffy beach towel, sunscreen and your favorite book. Keep it handy so you can escape to your backyard oasis anytime — and don't forget your mai tai.

Sporting Goods

Turn a corner of your garage into sporting goods central by storing balls, Frisbees and jump ropes in galvanized steel buckets from the hardware store. Hang the buckets from sturdy hooks on the wall at a height everyone can reach. With clever storage like that, you'll never trip over tennis balls again.

Crafty Closet

Tidy up your craft closet by storing your projects in old-fashioned milk pails. Use different pails for different projects to keep your quilting, knitting and crocheting organized. Then, when you find time to work on your scarf, you can grab your knitting bucket and knit up a storm.

Kids' Toys

Don't let your child's room go to the dogs — give her a place to put all her stuffed animals. Metal buckets make a darling display for fuzzy little friends, and when every animal has a home, they're easy — and fun — to put away.

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