Big or small, no matter what size your home is, if there’s one thing it probably needs, it’s more storage space. Bathrooms, bedrooms, kitchens, and home office’s almost always need another nook or two for something (or a lot of things) to go in.
Enter, the metal utility cart, a colourful three or four-tiered storage solution on wheels. Ikea’s Raskog is the most known and possibly beloved version of this cart; however, it certainly isn’t the only game in town. These handy little carts can now be found everywhere from Michael’s to Amazon and everywhere in between.
Here are some ways that you can use one (or a few) of these carts at home.
In the Bathroom
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Bath Toy Storage: With young children, there comes the need for a place to store bath toys. This should be a place with good air circulation that is easily accessible and able to withstand some moisture.
The mesh bottom on each cart layer means that air can circulate from all sides to really help those toys dry out. TIP: place the cart on an absorbent bath mat to soak up any drips.
Beauty Station: Corral all of your brushes, hair appliances, rollers accessories and more, along with makeup, nail polish and other beauty essentials. It will help keep your countertop clear, and that’s always a good thing!
Spare Towels and Toilet Paper: Two things you don’t want to be without in the bathroom are towels and toilet paper. Load up one of these handy carts and keep these bathroom essentials nearby.
In the Kitchen
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Panty Storage: Whether you have a small kitchen without much pantry space or if your kitchen has a walk-in pantry, a utility cart can help organize everything from canisters filled with kitchen staples, to fruit and dry goods.
Lunch/Snack Station: Simplify lunch-making and after school snacking by loading your little cart up with shelf stable favourites like granola bars and applesauce pouches, fresh fruit, juice boxes and crackers. You can also store lunch bags and reusable containers on the bottom shelf for a one-stop (almost), self-serve solution.
In the Home Office
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These little carts are a fantastic solution when you have a small home office tucked away in a corner of the kitchen, living room, or in a bedroom.
Stationery and Supply Storage: Keep stationery, printer paper and other office supplies neatly tucked away without dedicating space to a full-size desk. TIP: When putting your cart together, flip the top over and attach it upside-down. This will provide you with a great surface to store a laptop or small printer.
Homework Station: Store everything your kids might need for homework and special projects. This can include notebooks, pens and pencils, scissors, hole punches, rulers, markers, construction paper and more.
Bar Cart: If you’ve got a little Don Draper in you, then you might enjoy the idea of keeping a stocked bar in your office. These carts make an unobtrusive base to store your favourite bottles, glasses and other supplies.
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In the Garage: these small utility carts are an easy, inexpensive ways to keep project essentials close at hand. Fill it up with car window and upholstery cleaner, tire and rim wash, chamises, sponges and more, then roll it out onto the driveway (don’t forget to lock the wheels) for a portable car detailing station.
Diaper Change Station: Keep diapering supplies conveniently located for changes outside of the baby’s room. Stock it with diapers, wipes, creams, hand sanitizer, and wash cloths. This is especially handy for grandparents or babysitters.
Cleaning Supplies: Make your housecleaning more efficient by keeping all of your tools and supplies nearby. Stock it with a small tool box, gloves and towels, dusting wands, window cleaner and much more.
Gardening Station: Small houseplants, herbs, and succulents can all grow happily within the layers of a portable cart. The portable nature allows you to follow the sunlight, while ample storage means that you have an out of the way place to tuck your watering can.
Gift Wrap Station: Make holiday and birthday gift giving easier than ever, by creating a one-stop giftwrapping station. You can stock your cart with greeting cards and bows, tape and ribbons, scissors, tissue paper and gift bags. Then, zip tie Ikea’s Variera plastic bag dispenser to one side for a handy place to store your rolls of wrapping paper.
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