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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Using Recycled Items to Organize Your Home | Family Economics

By Marie

We are re-purposing some items in our house for use in organizing while also helping to do our part for recycling. Here's a few of the items that are great for re-purposing and what they help to organize.

1. Baby Food Containers: The small plastic baby food containers (or the glass jars) are great items to reuse for organizing. We have placed tiny snacks in them for the kids to take on trips and I have used them to store little crafty items, like buttons, stickers, googley eyes, etc. The plastic containers are stackable, making for even better storage and organization.

2. Shoe Boxes: Shoe boxes are the perfect size for organizing my daughter's sock drawer. Her socks can get out of control and mixed up with other under garments. I like to place shoe boxes in her drawers and it works great at keeping everything inside the drawer organized and in its own space.

3. Tissue Boxes: Tissue boxes are a perfect size for containing crafty things. They can be colored, crafted with paper or used on their own, as many have pretty designs.
My son currently uses a recycled tissue box for his collections. He has a large collection of bottle caps and the tissue box contains them all nicely.

4. Plastic Food Containers: Once washed and dried, the plastic containers from yogurt, sour cream or even cream cheese are great little containers for all kinds of things. They are a perfect size and come complete with a lid. I've used these for storing leftovers from dinner, storing small crafty supplies, and even placing in children's crayons for crafting.

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On Saturday, September 29, 2012, samantha wrote

love these ideas. and jane i dont know if you ever read this again being you wrote your comment 2 years ago but for anyone else who reads this, make some for your friends and family. or sell them at a craft show.

On Thursday, April 29, 2010, Jane wrote

I have done this for years, but you can only save so many. What do you do with the hundreds you can't use?

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