Storage totes are one of those things that have the best of intentions when it comes to organization, but they can turn into a jumbled mess in the blink of an eye. I decided I was tired of that jumbled mess, so I pulled out some supplies and got to creating organizational tools within the storage tote. Here’s how to create an organized way to store and carry common items you use for tailgating — grilling accessories, an extension cord, and a first aid kit. All of these things were in my “emergency + hardware” kit, which I use regularly for tailgating and parties.
Materials I used
- Plastic storage tote
- Adjustable bungee cords
- Industrial strength Velcro
- A Kord strap
- Cable ties
- Electric drill
To attach the many of the organizational tools I used for this project, I drilled holes in the sides of the storage container. The key to drilling into this plastic is to steady your drill bit as it bites into the plastic. Press down hard, otherwise the bit will move all around (as you can see by the swirl marks to the right of the bit in the photo above).
Here, you can see that I drilled two holes in the wall of the tote so that I can attach the Kord strap using a cable tie.
Now, the extension cord will stay in place and won’t get tangled while it’s in the storage container. And to remove the extension cord from the container, all I have to do is unsnap the Kord strap.
Velcro is another great tool for keeping a storage container organized. Even if you aren’t working with something like a first aid kit, industrial strength Velcro can keep things like craft supplies organized against the wall of the container.
Just adhere the soft parts of the Velcro to your item, and adhere the other side to the wall of the tote.
With our extension cord and our first aid kit, we also always have grilling accessories packed and ready to go. They are quite large and can get tangled in the extension cord and roughed up, so I wanted a neater way to keep them organized.
I decided bungee cords could do the trick, so I bought some adjustable bungee cords, altered their length to fit in the storage tote, and marked my drill holes on the tote.
With my hole drilled, I just hooked the bungee cord through the hole.
And with two bungee cords attached to the tote, these grilling accessories stay neat and tidy on the side of the container!
Now, I can pack everything else in here with the confidence that it won’t shift, tangle, bend or spill!
Label the box, and you’re ready for the game!
And now that you have your tailgating organizer tote ready to go, head to The Home Depot for everything else you need for tailgating.
ESPN’s College GameDay was built by The Home Depot, and now The Home Depot’s Facebook page has a College GameDay app. The app features tailgating DIY projects, including how-tos for a tailgate table, ladder golf and cornhole game. It also helps fans find great tailgating products at great prices. For even more tailgating ideas and inspiration, follow The Apron blog’s two-week Tailgating series. We’ll gear you up for game day with tips, like a sweet tote for tailgating essentials, and more awesome DIYs, like a homemade PVC flag pole for your tailgating camp.