IMO, it depends on how much storage space you have. If you have the space and they won't be taking up too much room, like if you can stack them inside one another, I'd keep them. Things like that can always be used as toyboxes and whatnot. But if you don't have the space and can't foresee using them in the near future (like, by the end of this year), donate them so someone else can use them.
I would get rid of them. Well, i might keep a few for storage around the house - but it's just clutter. Not to mention clutter that's off-gassing in your home!<br><br>
So unless you forsee a move in the very near future donate 'em. You can always use cardboard boxes that you can get for free in the future for moves as well <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
just think about what the chances are that you'll need them. they can be nice to tote stuff around in like if u are hosting a shower or party and need to tote around decorations and plates, utensils, etc.<br><br>
i hope when i am done w/ my decluttering (in the next 2 weeks, I hope) that I'll have lots of empty containers like you!!!
I'd keep a couple of each of your smallest sizes, because I'm constantly buying new small containers for certain things. And maybe a few of your biggest ones, stacked with the smallest ones inside.<br><br>
I just went camping and used rubbermaid totes for almost everything - they were PERFECT. One for food, one for dishes, one for really important things, even one for clothes!
If you can stack them, I would say keep what you need for storage plus a few extras and donate the rest. We used ours from our move to store winter clothes and then set up a recycling center type thing- one for glass, one for cans, one for plastic, etc.
Do you have a basement? The plastic storange bins are good for any place that might get damp. IMO they work better than cardboard boxes for attics too. I use the cardboard paper boxes in the closets for storage <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I would see how many you will really use for storage, and then keep one extra on hand just in case. The rest I would donate. I know that a lot of volunteer organizations use them for all sorts of stuff, as do any human services agency (for moving clients, storing donations, etc), and they are all on a tight budget.
I'd keep them. If you plan on using them for storage at a later date and you have room for them now, why get rid of them and have to spend more $ later to replace.<br><br>
offgassing, I'm not saying they don't but look at the alternative of cardboard boxes, do you know where they have been? what has been stored inside of them? and one of my big fears have insecticides/chemicals been used in their vacinity? stores spray for bugs.<br><br>
(i have both cardboard boxs and plastic totes in my house so I'm not die-hard either way)