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The Anatomy of a Perfectly-Packed MakeSpace Bin

A well-packed MakeSpace bin is a work of art. That’s not hyperbole. That’s fact.

And we believe everyone has the ability to be an artist. You just need the right tools and some creative inspiration.

Packing your bin properly not only gives you an excuse to post a #belfie (bin selfie, duh), but it also ensures that your items will remain protected and organized throughout the storage process.

We’re all for creative license when it comes to expressing yourself through your art, but when prepping a bin for pickup, there is a right way to do it. Follow this step by step guide to a perfectly-packed MakeSpace storage bin.

Step 1: Check the Storage Rules


Before you show off your packing prowess, make sure the items you’re storing adhere to our Storage Rules.

We can store the Uncle Sam costume you don each Fourth of July; however, the leftover fireworks from last year’s celebration have to stay with you. Similarly, we’re happy to safely store your spice rack, but it has to be empty—perishable and non-perishable food items are forbidden, so we won’t be able to take your turmeric and thyme.

Our Terms of Service go into all the details of what can and can’t be stored and how the whole experience works, so check those out prior to packing.

Step 2: Gather like items

makespace wedding dress and tuxedo storage bin

Similar items packed in the same bin will make it easier to request one bin back that holds all the necessities.

When you’re ready to receive all of your snowboarding gear, or all of your Halloween costumes, or all of your prized Mickey Mouse memorabilia, you can pick the appropriate bin from your online photo catalog and we’ll deliver it right to you.

No more digging through one bin for your party shoes and another for your cocktail dress. By keeping like items packed together, you’ve created a quick one-stop-shop for your essentials.

Step 3: Create boundaries

The whimsical MakeSpace bin of Bezar Co-founder and Creative Director, PieterJan Mattan, is used for on-demand TriBeCa Manhattan storage.

Your stuff is important to you, and if the option to hire full-on bodyguards to protect your things was offered, you have to admit, it’d be tempting.

While jacked dudes with ear pieces aren’t part of our protection plans, it is possible to build in some extra security to each bin you pack at home.

Take sturdy items like books and wooden accessories and place them around the perimeter of the bin. This will create a rigid barrier against the sides that will prevent the rest of the contents from accidental damage or shifting during transit.

Our bins are pretty tough, but we don’t take any chances when it comes to your items, and we know that you don’t plan to, either.

Step 4: Lay down the base

When you pack a bin that’s all about the base, you can rest assured that there will be no trouble.

Now that the sides are secured with books, take your extra towels, blankets, thick jackets, sweatshirts, etc., and use them to line the bottom of the bin. This extra-cushiony layer will give your belongings a soft spot to land. Plus, these bulky items tend to be difficult to pack otherwise, so you’ll be giving them dual purpose while ensuring the rest of your things are well-protected.

Step 5: Roll them up

rolled clothes are on a bed and ready for packing
Flickr/Connie Ma

If you’re looking to get the most bang for your buck out of each bin, consider rolling (not folding)  your clothing.

Although the jury is still out on which method will leave your clothes wrinkle-free upon unpacking, rolling your jeans, t-shirts, and yoga pants will save space and is best suited for fitting the most items possible.

Pro Tip: Some items might benefit from being rolled inside out, like those adorned with sequins or delicate embroidery, or pieces that are dyed, like dark-wash jeans. Since there will be less friction against the decorations as the clothing is moved from the truck to the storage facility, you won’t have to worry about wear and tear or color transfer.

Step 6: Top it off

Fashion designer and MONSE co-founder Laura Kim uses MakeSpace for winter clothes storage NYC.

Just as you gave your items a cushioned base, adding another soft layer on top of them will safeguard everything as the bins are stacked and moved.

Rolled up newspaper and scrunched up plastic bags are handy if you’ve run out of sweatshirts and coats. And, of course, bubble wrap is the old standby that keeps your belongings guarded against heavy bins and other objects set on top.

Step 7: Write that down

makespace app version 2.16.2 my stuff screen

With our online photo catalog, you never forget what you have in storage. However, these pictures are not an item-by-item photo album. While we recommend packing bins in such a way that it’ll be clear to you what each one holds, writing down their specific contents before they’re sealed can help ensure exactly what you ask for is delivered back.

Each bin features a barcode, which helps our team properly manage it once it enters our facility. When the bins are still in your home, copy down this barcode and list the individual items in each bin. Once we’ve picked up your stuff, hauled it to our facility, photographed each bin, and the photos are available in your online photo catalog, you can edit the information associated with the bins to keep track of their contents, piece by piece.

This will come in particularly handy if you have multiple bins-worth of holiday decorations, but only need the one that holds the inflatable menorah. Listing what’s inside of each bin will make finding what you want and scheduling a delivery a piece of cake.


After you’ve sculpted the masterpiece of all MakeSpace bins, what do you do next?


Our SpaceMakers will pick up your perfectly-packed bins, wardrobe boxes, and anything else and transport them to our safe and secure storage facility. You barely lift a finger.

Whenever you’d like some or all of your things back, simply schedule a delivery with a few taps in the app and we’ll bring them right back to you. This saves time and allows you to do the things you really enjoy, like painting the next classic work of art or filling in a page of a coloring book.

However you choose to express your artsy side, get creative with MakeSpace.

Win Warm, Delicious Insomnia Cookies For Your Whole Office

When it comes to late night munchies, nothing comes close to the bliss of noshing on warm, delicious Insomnia Cookies, delivered right to your door at any time of day.

But why wait until 3AM?

Now’s your chance to have an Insomnia Cookies Office Party for the low price of free.

The only thing you have to do is guess how many of these addicting cookies fit inside a MakeSpace bin for your chance to win:

  • Up to 100 traditional cookies (depending on the number of employees in your office)
  • 12 deluxe cookies
  • Two 10-inch cookie cakes
  • Zero regrets

To enter the contest, submit your guess on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook by June 12, 2015. Whoever guesses closest to the correct answer wins the party. And most likely an extra pat on the back from his/her manager.

On June 15, 2015, we’ll select and notify one winner from all of the entries received.

Life is sweet. Make it sweeter for yourself and your equally-as-hangry coworkers by entering the Insomnia Cookies Office Party contest today.

Fine print: This contest ends at 11:59PM ET on June 12, 2015 and is only open to people who work in Manhattan. Limit of one entry per person. If multiple entrants guess the same number closest to the correct answer, one winner will be chosen at random. A total of one prize, which also includes daytime delivery to the winner’s office, will be awarded. Milk is not included.

Nothing Celebrates St. Patrick’s Day Like a MakeSpace Bin Full Of Lucky Charms

St. Patrick’s Day is the perfect excuse to go up, on a Tuuuesday. That’s why we decided to mash up a green MakeSpace bin, Lucky Charms, and a lot of milk for this installment of our infamous “What Fits In A Bin” series.

Now, we took a picture of it before we devoured it. But for those of you who don’t believe everything you see or read, we made sure to document the entire process in a video just for you.

The result?

Well, it speaks for itself:

A video posted by MakeSpace (@makespace) on

Have a lucky St. Patrick’s Day!

How Many Skittles Fit In A MakeSpace Bin? Hint: It’s A LOT

We can only gaze at rainbows from afar for so long. So we took the logical next step — capturing ROYGBIV and extracting its nectar.

The result: Skittles scattered everywhere.

Luckily, our bins are basically giant bowls. We scooped up the Skittles and asked you (on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook) to guess how many of these chewy fruit explosions squeeze into a MakeSpace bin for a shot at scoring $25 of MakeSpace credit.

The contest has concluded. Our rigorous calculations are complete. The total is …

81,149 Skittles fit inside a single MakeSpace bin.

Congratulations to Instagram user @alissazulvergold (she guessed 80,000), Twitter user @bobby (he guessed 62,001), and Facebook user Marcin K. (he guessed 148,200) on guessing closest to the answer!

As for us, it’s beast mode time.

What Fits In A MakeSpace Box? One Human.

A lot can fit in a MakeSpace bin. 164 Dos Toros burritos. 157 packets of Top Ramen. 63 bottles of Sriracha. A Fourth of July party’s worth of PBRs to chase it all down. Or perhaps, a more reasonable one MakeSpace Graphic Designer. And no she’s not a contortionist.

She is, however, a joy to be around. When she’s not crafting killer designs (and monsters) for MakeSpace, you can find her hiking, traveling, baking masterpieces, schooling the office in pool, or jamming to Shakira while building

Her skills don’t lie.

You’ll Never Guess How Many Dos Toros Burritos Fit In A MakeSpace Bin

Like most New Yorkers, we here at MakeSpace have a serious soft spot for Dos Toros burritos. For years, we’d been complaining that New York City had no chance of matching the deliciousness of a West Coast burrito, but entrepreneurs Leo and Oliver Kremer have successfully transplanted the authentic flavors of Bay-Area burritos to the Big Apple. And we couldn’t be happier.

Besides their commitment to high-quality Mexican food, we love Dos Toros’ brand. They’re all about sustainability, using mainly organic, local ingredients and compostable cutlery and platos. Plus they’ve got awesome music videos for their two hit singles “Black or Pinto,” which riffs on Wiz Kalifas “Black and Yellow,” and “Guac It Out,” a mouth-watering parody of UNK’s “Walk It Out.”

Last week, our friends over at Dos Toros sent us a huge crate of burritos so that we could find out once and for all just how many would fit inside of a MakeSpace bin. After a number of experiments involving gratuitous amounts of carnitas, pollo, and carne asada, we came to the conclusion that 146 of these meaty, cheesy sacks of deliciousness could comfortably fit inside of a MakeSpace bin.

If this post’s got you hankering for a burrito, be sure to download the new Dos Toros rewards app to get a $3 discount on your next purchase and tons of other awesome loyalty offers!

Until next time, be sure to Guac It Out!

How Many Russ & Daughters Bagels Fit In A MakeSpace Bin?

We finally decided to find out how many of New York City’s favorite breakfast food will fit in a MakeSpace bin, and because our office is located so close to the Lower East Side institution that is Russ & Daughters, we decided to source these tasty rounds of doughy goodness from them.

We were able to shoot this stunning photo, but unfortunately, we still don’t know how many bagels will fit in a MakeSpace bin, because the Engineering team started eating before we could count!

Looks like we’ll have to get more bagels in the office sometime soon. Oh Well. 🙂

How Many Jars Of Hampton Creek Just Mayo Fit In A MakeSpace Bin?

You already know we love the Fourth of July. But we can’t stop honoring this holiday fueled by booze and barbecue; last week, we decided to see how many jars of creamy, delicious mayo would fit in a MakeSpace bin.

Our friends at Hampton Creek obligingly sent over a few cases of their Non-GMO Project Verified Just Mayo, and after hours of rigorous, scientific experimentation, we discovered that 71 jars of the gluten-free, egg-free mayonnaise could squeeze into a MakeSpace bin.

Now, to be clear, we definitely don’t want anyone keeping mayo (or any other spread for that matter) in a MakeSpace bin for any amount of time, but we do hope that you’ll be making some awesome, healthy Just Mayo-based sides for your picnics and barbecues this weekend.

Now we’ve got a refrigerator full of mayo at the office, so we’re definitely gonna be trying out all of the simple, delicious-sounding recipes on the Hampton Creek website for everything from Asian Cole Slaw to Sweet Potato Salad to Mediterranean Pasta Salad!

How Many Otter Pops Fit In A MakeSpace Bin?

Whether you call them otter pops, freezer pops, or something else entirely, you’re definitely familiar with these classic NYC summer treats. Our office is in Chinatown, so we went to the nearby supermarket New Kam Man to source these beautiful looking pops.

You’ll be eager to learn that 374 of these tasty popsicles fit in a MakeSpace bin.

If you want to find out what else fits in a bin, check out the whole series. Keep cool this summer, y’all!

How Many World Cup Soccer Balls Fit In A MakeSpace Bin?

In honor of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, we decided to find out exactly how many soccer balls can fit in a MakeSpace bin. We went to the Adidas store in SoHo to pick up a few of the official World Cup balls and then did some rigorous mathematical calculations before determining that exactly 6.53 soccer balls can fit in a MakeSpace bin.

If you’re interested in storing balls of any sort, we definitely encourage you to think about deflating them to maximize space in your bin!