Cast'rway. AKA DIY Rolling Storage Bin in 5 Minutes.

5 Minutes
Anyone else have packrats, er, kids? Ever wonder how (other than lots of deep breathing exercises and excessive chocolate intake) you can achieve some ORDER in your world? Me too. And let me just say, I don't have the answer. What I do have is a small, helpful, easy DIY project that can help a bit with that eternal "CLEAN YOUR ROOM RIGHT NOW" struggle.
Meet Willy. He, and his very large extended family live with us. I know what you're thinking. And you're right. Willy bears a strong family resemblance to his great uncle...Great Uncle Wilson. Willy doesn't talk about his Uncle much...apparently the poor guy met with a pretty tragic end.
We enjoy having Willy and his (hundreds) of friends and family here, but what hasn't been so fun is the lack of a real place "of their own" in our home. I'm a hopeless optimist, and even though I realize it is completely insane with three small children to attempt to live by the mantra of "a place for everything and everything in its' place," I'm no quitter. And I knew that if these guys didn't find an appropriate place to bunk down at night, I was gonna call my buddy Jeff Probst, and have someone kicked off this island.

That's when I found these...
Lovely, extra large wire baskets from Target .

While these baskets are great, we have hardwood floors in our home, and if the kids drug these around as is, we would end up with very banged up floors. Luckily, there is a 5-minute, very inexpensive solution to this little dilemma.

Cheap, strong, and VERY useful for all kinds of projects!

We've shared a lot of these kind of quick, easy DIY projects (including a 5 minute DIY lighting makeover guessed it, ZIP TIES, on our blog:
Next, you need some casters. I recommend swivel casters, which will make rolling these around a lot easier. We used three casters per basket, but four would make it a bit more stable (we were being as thrifty as possible).
All that needs to be done now is to zip tie the casters onto the bottom of your wire basket. And THAT'S IT. One minute per caster!

And with that, order is restored, and I can re-consider that urge to "jump ship" or escape on that enticing "three hour tour".

Of course, the best part of this story is that Willie and the gang...they now have their own berth aboard this ship. A cozy little place for the whole family to hang out together in wonderfully organized harmony.

So go ahead and "Caster Away"! Help turn that S.O.S. mess from "shipwreck" to "ship-shape" in about five shakes of a scallywag's tail.
Heathered Nest
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