Wooden storage boxes are certainly one option in the effort to organize. Depending on the condition and basic quality of the boxes they may be used more as a decorative item, perhaps even a table. Unfinished wood has a very "college" feel and is probably not for anyone with a job and a life after college! Given the style of box and appearance, the boxes can be a great addition, very artsy!! I'm thinking here more of wine crates, which I have used to great advantage.
If you will use wine boxes it is advisable to spray then with a mild solution of bleach, i.e. two tablespoons to about a gallon of water. The bleach will kill any lurking insect infestations and have the added benefit of making them smell clean. A good latex paint in the color of your choice should do the trick.
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Wood is by nature a strong product, and again, depending on the source, will serve well as storage for vinyl records or even metal parts. Probably not a good medium to build a house with, unless you are putting up an ice house in Minnesota. If you really need wood for a house, bite the bullet and buy something appropriate.
Believe it or not, some people have no idea where to get "wooden boxes" and would pay money. I have gotten them from my local wine merchant who was actually willing to pay me to take them away. They can be stacked to a certain extent (about 3 high) but without attention will just look like bare wood and ugly.