Since you've gone green and started harvesting your own vegetables and tending your own crops, it's about time you updated to eco-friendly tools to boot. Tubtrugs ($11-$16) are affordable, lightweight polyethylene containers made from 80-100% recycled materials, perfect for toting garden supplies, carrying soil, transporting water, or moving fertilizer. (Not to mention countless uses indoors.) Incredibly strong yet completely flexible, Tubtrugs are molded to stack and snap back into shape even after serious yard usage. And because they won't melt in the sun or freeze in the frost, they can be left outdoors all year long.
A testament to minimalism, the Horizontal Shoe Rack ($110-165) suspends your shoes above the floor, creating the illusion that they're floating in mid-air, while making for easy sweeping or vacuuming below them. Mounted simply on the wall, the stainless steel rack is easy to install and available in a large and small size. And you can always add a second one later as your shoe collection grows.
We suggest you try to salvage your own locally first, but if you're hard up for some grade school style, these Vintage Steel Lockers ($2,495) will do the trick. The reclaimed steel lockers have been completely refurbished, and provide ample storage for all your gear.
Some products take "industrial" design more literally than others, as is the case with Pandora ($TBA). These shipping container-style storage units from Sander Mulder look and feel the part, with steel and glass heavy-duty construction, multiple colors and sizes, and stackability that will instantly make your garage or basement more container ship-y. [Thanks, Tim]
Wouldn't it be nice to have some quick-access storage in your living room? Well, the Taka Trunk ($500) has you covered. Made of sustainable plantation-grown shesham wood, this refashioned steamer trunk has three hinged lids that reveal tons of room for stuff like games, CDs and DVDs, books, and wine, spirits and barware. A small drawer in the front is perfect for remotes and other small junk. And last but not least, there's also a secret compartment in the center for other types of stash.
Since you can't very well score a vintage airline stewardess (okay, maybe you can, if you want to test your pickup lines over at the retirement home), a Vintage Airline Food Cart ($1450) seems like the next best thing. Retired from active duty, these versatile carts offer a retractable serving tray, 14 tracks for drawers or shelves, locking bottom wheels, and authentic blemishes to remind you of their former lives. A great addition to your crib.
Perfect for an entryway, the ceramic Hookbox ($98) is a combination hook and storage container for mail and other small stuff. It's available from Design Within Reach in white with black or red inside. [via]
Inspired by the ancient Roman wall-building technique known as "opus incertum," the Opus Shelving System ($450) will have your crib looking like a palace in no time. The durable shelving is made from 100% recyclable polypropylene — the same material used to make motorcycle helmets — and can be used outdoors and in wet environments. [via]
Now this is one awesome repurposed piece of gear. The B52 Bar Cart ($1,500) is an orginal 1950's hospital cart that's been converted into a bar on wheels. This stainless steel beast has three rows for bottle storage and 8-inch locking castors.
While the name may not inspire confidence, this is one wire you won't mind hanging your stuff on. The Wire Coatrack ($300) by Tom Dixon is a paper clip-inspired extendable rack that can turn corners and holds your coats, bags, and hats in style. If you like the Wire Coatrack, consider a Horizontal Shoe Rack ($150; shown in pic) to go along with it.
It was true when you were struggling to tie your shoes, and it's still true now: Velcro makes everything easier. The Clote Velcro Key Holder ($70) is a prime example of this, with a steel unit that features five color coordinated velcro circles and loop fastener key chains. Never get your keys confused again.
Bring the chaos that is your cluttered garage to an end with the UltiMate Garage Storage System ($2,232). This eight-piece system includes two tall two-door cabinets, one base cabinet, one rolling base cabinet. a three-drawer base cabinet, two two-door hanging cabinets, and a 72" work surface, all in a contemporary style that is more Crate & Barrel than Home Depot.