Release Yourself From the Guilt of Not Buying in Bulk
On a recent day in my house, I happened to realize how ubiquitous plastic wipes containers are in my organization system (and I use the term organization lightly). They primarily end up holding craft/art supplies or small homeless objects but I decided to look around a bit to see exactly where I had them and I realized they are my go-to storage container. How did I live without them before children? What will I do when my youngest is potty-trained? So not chic, but free!But I have also used them for a few things other than storage so I thought I would throw those in the list. So for those of you who look at those wipes containers and think, jeez, I feel like I could use this to hold something something, here are 20 ways I do (and have in the past).
- To hold my daughter’s hair clips/ponytail holders.
- To hold Barbie clothes.
- As a self-assembled first aid kit for my trunk.
- As a container for puzzles whose boxes have collapsed. Tip: cut two small pieces of the original box and tape one to the top and one to the front so it’s identifiable.
- As a home for boxless crayons. (This container lives in my road trip/restaurant/overnight bag so we can color whenever we want to.)
- As a makeshift piggy bank. (Tip: If you take off the top lid, that inner lid acts just like the money slot on a piggy bank. When first implementing an allowance system, you can create spend/save/donate containers. )
- As a container for paint when painting the trim in my house.
- To hold nail polish bottles and mani/pedi supplies so they all stay in one place.
- In the craft closet – for embroidery thread, for acrylic paint, for beading supplies,
for wooden beads that I bought for a project and never used them, for glue sticks,
for barrettes waiting for ribbon to be attached, for random tools I needed but have
no place to keep.
- As a container for countless types of screws/nails/tools.
- To hold the “fourth C batteries” we never need.
- To hold batteries waiting to be recycled.
- To hold seasonal utensils – corn on the cob holders and seafood crackers.
- As a container for decks of cards.
- As a container for homeless sidewalk chalk (does anyone else go to parties where they give a couple of pieces of chalk in the goody bag?)
- As a coupon holder (this happens every New Year when I make a resolution to cut coupons.)
- To hold cookie cutters
- As a container for vegetable/flower seeds we didn’t use.
- As a way to pack food for a road trip. It makes a great way to hold lunches with cold drinks and snacks! (Obviously everything should be self-contained within the wipes box). It keeps things from getting soggy and squished, and they stack nicely in a cooler.
- To hold plastic utensils leftover from various parties.
Does anyone else have these all over their house?