Chances are as a guinea pig owner, you are undoubtedly familiar with the sight of hay being scattered around all over the place. This holds true especially if you buy hay in large quantities such as flakes or bales, as people with several cavies are likely to do.
Since our hay is typically purchased from KMS Hayloft, our previous arrangement was to keep it stored in the large cardboard boxes it was shipped in. While reading up on hay storage we ran across the idea of keeping hay in a wicker laundry hamper.
This cotton lined wicker basket laundry bin is an improvement over the cardboard boxes both in function and appearance. It meets all the criteria for proper hay storage - the material allows for air circulation, doesn't trap moisture that could lead to mold, and can moved from room to room as needed. The cloth interior can be removed and washed. As an added bonus, it is far more aesthetically pleasing than a tower of dusty boxes.
We purchased the Seville Willow Hamper from Bed Bath & Beyond for ~$32 using a 20% off coupon. According to the BB&B website, it measures 22 1/4"H x 11 1/2"D x 17 1/2"W. Although it can't be used to hold huge quantities, we were able to fit in 8 pounds of loosely packed hay. As for the rest of the hay, it is being stored out of sight until the hamper needs to be refilled.
The floors are still not spotless, but the amount of hay that finds its way out is more manageable. So far this hay storage solution is working pretty well!
To read more in depth about proper hay storage, see these useful pages:
Guinea Lynx - Hay Storage
Guinea Pigs Australia - Storing Hay (lists pros and cons of different storage methods)
Guinea Pig Cages - Hay (tips on choosing hay and where to buy it)