Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Recycled Storage Containers

I love to reuse and re-purpose items that I already have rather than going out and always buying new ones.

One area that can cost a lot of money is buying storage containers. So although I do purchase them from time to time, I try to see what I have around the house and use that instead.

Enter those nice big clear containers that salad greens come in. We eat at least one container of salad greens a month, so I end up with a few of these around.

When I first saved these, I used them only for packaging food. You know, cookies and brownies to give away. And they work great for that-no need to return a dish!

Then I needed containers for various toys and kid's items. Again, these work great and are see-through and stackable!

I've even used them to organize small items in my pantry and for random items that need organizing such as dog accessories and plant food.

I love reusing something that would otherwise be trashed and making it work for me!

What have you repurposed or recycled lately?

**For lots of organizing tips, visit today's Works For Me Wednesday at We Are THAT Family!

3 comments:

Bevy said...

Hello Mary Ann,
This may be the first or second time visiting your blog. Very Nice! I saw your comment on thehomespunheart about you growing up Mennonite and no jewelry at your house. That's funny. I grew up (Conservative) Mennonite with no jewelery either. I always thought I would get what my mom got for an engagement gift (and that's all I wanted, too)and that was a sewing machine placed inside of a cedar chest. Uhmmm. Sounds like a future blog post for me...

'Becca said...

I love reusing containers instead of wasting money and taking out trash! Click on my name for lots of ideas.

Last night as I was washing dishes, I suddenly took a closer look at the jar I was scrubbing. I could tell by the shape that it originally held peanuts. It now bears a label from my food co-op's bulk section with "oatmeal" written on it, but I had scratched that out and written "gerbil chow". So that jar has had at least 3 uses and probably went multiple rounds with the oatmeal! That just makes me so happy--it's like an old friend. :-)

Tanya said...

Great idea!