New Projects for Cheap

When I’m tidying up my apartment and feel like there’s just not enough “space” in general, I find myself wanting more areas and storage space to put my general stuff in order to keep more organized. The problem is, I’m on a budget that pretty much would see new storage opportunities as an unneeded item.

From an overabundance of coasters that my fiance and I have stolen from breweries to my ungodly amounts of shoes, I need more dedicated spaces to put all that stuff. As I mentioned, unfortunately, I just can’t justify dropping cash on containers and boxes when I’m alright with my place being a little messier than I truly want it to be. So, in essence, I’m cool with being cheap even if it means that the apartment is a bit more untidy than I’d prefer.

Lately, however, I’ve begun brainstorming little projects I could do that are pretty much cost free and can still do the job of satisfying my need for storage. If you’re interested in the crafts I’ve brainstormed, read ahead!

A bookcase

As of late, I’ve come to find a few large cheap moving boxes, and before I threw them out, I was brainstorming ideas on how I could use these for my home. I came up with the idea of flipping them on their sides so that they were taller, and then I placed books within to hold them down and have it all act as a mini bookcase. From here, all I have to do is a bit of decorating on the cheap moving boxes so that they don’t just look like boring old corrugated cardboard. A few packaging supplies like tape, sharpies, and even packing paper can help to get the job done on tidying it up.

Dental gear holder

Flower pots aren’t really my thing, yet I have a few in my home lying around with some perennials in them. So, at the end of the plant’s life cycle, I’m left with an empty pot. Just the other day I decided to move this up into my bathroom for who knows what reason and placed our toothbrushes in it. It’s pretty, I’m getting use out of the pot, and I used no money in getting something new.

Knife rack

We have too many loose knives with no dedicated rack that it can honestly be a bit dangerous to reach into our utensil drawer at times (I’m sure I’m not alone on this). So recently, I came up with the idea of using a large styrofoam block as a knife holder. By sliding the knives we have into the block of styrofoam very carefully, I made “slits” for the knives to rest in. It’s not pretty but at least we don’t risk cutting ourselves in our drawers.

Choosing the Right Packaging for Your Products

Choosing the right packaging materials for your products is the first and foremost thing that you have to pay close attention to. If you are able to do this, you can make a start in the right direction.

The major benefit of good packaging is that it doesn’t only attract your customers but it also keeps the product safe even in the harsh conditions during shipping, transportation and storage. It means that your customers will know that they are going to get the item in fresh state whenever they access the shelf in the stores.

Similarly, bad packaging can lead to serious damage to your products and your brand reputation. Although you need to pay attention to the design and style of your packaging to make the product attractive to your customers, you cannot ignore the functionality of your product package.

In this article, we are going to discuss major factors that you need to consider in order to perfect your packaging operations.

Budget

Before you go out to look for the packaging materials that you are going to require for the packaging, you have to make sure that your proposed packaging operations can be dealt with using the budget you have.

Now, you may be able to pay for the expensive packaging but you also have to see if this packaging solution is right especially when you need to ship your products. If you need to ship your products, you can never for the glass or fiber packaging.

Transportation

After you have decided about the design of your package, now you need to focus on the functionality of your packaging. Your product packaging may be of great value for the customers but it is going to be worthless if it cannot reach the destination without getting damaged.

If you have a bulky or delicate product to ship, you will need to pay close attention to the packaging which can support your product during the transit.

Materials and sustainability

The general rule of thumb in order to package your product is that you need to treat your product like if it is a living being. You will need to protect it from harsh factors outside the package. Moreover, you will need to make sure that your product is ready to sit on the shelves for the long time without losing its freshness.

Size of the package

Size of your package needs to be quite appropriate. You have to make sure that there is no empty space in the package unless the product requires some breathing space. Sometimes, the product is of irregular shape. In this scenario, shrink wrap can provide the best packaging solution.

Importance of Developing an Effective Packaging Strategy

Everyone wants to take their businesses to the next level by bringing improvements in the production and packaging of the products. However, if you are sticking just the already-developed strategies and performing your day-to-day tasks, you may only manage to keep up with the everyday requirements. The matter of fact is that this approach is neither beneficial nor destructive. But it tends to keep things in a standstill-consistent position.

If you want to take things to the next level, you are going to have to make sure that you are working on the proactive approach to enhance your production and packaging operations. For this purpose, you will have to pay attention to the effective packaging strategy.

The major thing that you are going to have to take care of is to see how the segments of current operations can help you enhance the packaging operations. It is just the matter of figuring out in the first stage. It is a fundamental step to develop a packaging strategy because if you are not able to do that effectively, you may lag seriously behind in the competition.

Importance of a packaging strategy

The first thing that you are going to have to keep in mind is that packaging is an entire department which cannot run on its own. Its operations need to be run based on a complete strategy which is aligned to the other systems such as management and production. If this strategy is not aligned this way, the packaging operations are destined to fail.

The main goal of production is set by the management department of the organization. The implementation starts from the production. If packaging is aligned with these requirements, the final package is an ideal one. For example, if the top management decides to go for the sustainable production, packaging needs to be aligned this way to ensure this sustainability of the entire package.

One thing that you need to keep in mind in this regard is that a packaging strategy is not that easy to develop. There are several managerial decisions to be made in order to perfect the packaging operations.

Some steps to develop packaging strategy

Development of packaging strategy may be a complicated process due to difference of requirements within every business, there are still some basics that you can take into consideration in order to make the process of development of strategy a streamlined one.

  • First, you will have to see whether or not the packaging of your product can cause any risk to your customers. If it does, you will have to eliminate the risk factors.
  • The main function of any type of packaging is to keep the product safe. But the goals may differ for different product types. For instance, you will need to package your food items in such a way that they could remain fresh and undamaged while they sit on the shelves.
  • Convenience in opening, re-sealing and discarding the packaging after the use of product should be kept in consideration.
  • The packaging needs to help you promote the product.
  • Make sure that your product doesn’t take much space while being shipping. The packaging needs to be done this way.
  • The packaging should not cause major increase in the weight of the package.
  • Finally, make sure that the budget of your packaging operations is well within your allocated budget.

These are the basic steps of developing a packaging strategy. You should be able to enhance the packaging operations if you take care of these basics in an ideal way.