It basically involved drinking a lot of bottled water and using the jugs the water came in to store stuff. Using her method, not only do you get a $2 rugged modular plastic storage bin, but you also get 2 gallons worth of drinkable water for free. I highly advocate such a storage system. Especially if you are overrun by small parts.
Step 1: Drink water
Step 2: Cut the jug
There may be a little water left inside. You can shake this water out in the sink and then let it air dry for a day or two before putting things inside. If you're really in a rush and don't care about moisture, wipe out the inside with a dry rag.
Step 3: Bundle the jugs
The 2 gallon jugs fortunately have two grooves that can be used to tie them together. I used some basic white string that I got at the hardware store.
I wrapped the string completely around the outside of the front groove on all of the four containers. On one end of the string I tied a loop using a figure-8 knot (although, any old knot should do). With the other end, I cut the line a little long and pulled the extra string through the loop I just made. I made sure the string was in the grooves all the way around the four containers. Then I folded the string all the way back and tied it onto the taught part of the string using a slipknot. I pulled this knot to make sure the bundle was very tight.
To begin with, I would then glue the slipknot in place using hot glue, but I later realized that this wasn't necessary.
I then repeated this process for the other groove until there were 2 taught bands wrapped around the whole bundle.
Step 4: Put your junk away
Step 5: Reinforcement
Once your shelving is of a considerable height and width (say 10 wide by 4 high), you are going to want to tie the whole thing together with two long strings.
See the image below to see what in the heck I'm talking about.