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We’re going to be talking all about reducing, reusing and recycling this month here at Live Renewed, so today I want to share a little bit about organizing with reused items.
As I’ve said before, I’m definitely not a pro when it come to organizing, but I do know that one thing that sometimes inhibits
people me from getting organized is that they think they have to go out and spend a lot of money on containers and other organizing stuff. Really though, with a little creativity and imagination, you can find ways to organizing by reusing lots of different items you may already have around your house.
So I just wanted to share a few ideas to get your creative organizing juices flowing.
Reusing Items to Organize Around Your Home
Glass jars can be an interesting and practical way to organize all around your home. They also free if you keep the jars from spaghetti sauce, salsa, pickles, etc (except for the price of the food, of course). And if you don’t have quite enough of them, I’ve also found great deals on all different kinds of glass jars at rummage and garage sales (but that wouldn’t really be reusing what you already have – but it would be reusing someone else’s stuff, right?)
Start with the basics like keeping leftovers in the fridge, freezing everything from soups and broths, to jam and applesauce, to cooked dried beans. Glass jars are, of course, also great for pantry and bulk food storage. (I love Stacy’s pantry with all of her bulk foods in glass jars!)
From there, you can think about storage in the office, for things like pens and pencils, markers, and crayons, as well as paper clips, rubber bands, or anything smaller that you can fit into a jar. Glass jars are also great for crafting supplies, not that I know anything about that, but I’ve seen really pretty pictures of people’s lovely craft stuff lined up in jars.
Your hubby could also use glass jars for storage in his workshop or garage to keep all of the little things that end up there neat and organized.
We all know that the amount of packaging that stuff comes in now days can be a bit ridiculous. But with all that packaging also comes the opportunity to repurpose it into something useful.
Plastic Bags – I keep all the plastic bags with the snaps at the top that my kids undies, socks or cloth wipes come in and use them to store things like puzzles or card games. They would probably also be great for storing a lot of the small pieces that come with so many older kids toys.
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Diaper Boxes – These large boxes can be repurposed as storage for so many different types of things, I use some to store my kiddos out grown shoes, and shoes that my son hasn’t grown into yet. They store stuff in my hubby’s workshop in the basement like lightbulbs and… You can also make your diaper boxes look really nice and pretty and use them for storage in your living area.
Wipes containers – We’ve somehow ended up with several disposable wipes containers, even though we mostly use cloth wipes, and when we use disposables wipes we buy the refill packages. Anyway, I’m not complaining too much, because wipes containers have become repurposed organizing conatiners all around our home.
I use a disposable wipes container to hold my son’s cloth wipes, as well as wipes that my daughter and I use in the bathroom as family cloth (Oops, did I just say that? Hubs just wants everyone to know that he does NOT participate in that!) 🙂 They’re also used for homemade clorox wipes, and homemade dryer sheets (stay tuned for more about natural laundry next month!.
My hubby also has some wipes containers down in his workshop, but to be honest, I don’t even know what’s in them. But it seems like everything we’ve talked about so far is great for the men in our lives to organize and store stuff in the basement or garage too!
Egg Cartons – The little cups in egg cartons lend themselves nicely to organizing small items such as craft supplies, office supplies, spare change, even jewelry, golf balls, or again small items in a workshop or garage.
I know this isn’t really organizing, but you could also use a cardboard egg carton for starting seeds for your garden and then just cut apart the cups and place them, cardboard and all, into the garden. Or you could save your egg shells and use and egg carton to decorate your window sill for spring like my friend Jenica.
As our family moved toward storing our food in glass jars as often as we can, I’ve found other ways to reuse our plastic food containers for organizing and storage. I use Tupperware containers in my pantry to store baking items like bags of chocolate chips and shredded coconut, and snacks like bags of dried fruit, nuts and crackers.
In my bathroom I use small plastic containers to keep my hair bands together, my daughter’s barrettes, clips and bows in one place, and things like tweezers and nail clippers together. I also use the containers to hold my extra homemade deodorant that didn’t fit into the reused deodorant container, as well as loose baking soda for the days that I use baking soda instead of deodorant.
Plastic containers would also be great for office supplies like rubber bands and paper clips, and craft supplies like crayons or stickers and especially toys or games with small parts. And of course, we couldn’t forget this one, give some to your hubby to use to organize his tools and guy stuff as well.
The great thing about organizing with reused items is that you will save so much money on organizing supplies. Reusing items is definitely the frugally green way to organize around your home!
Do you like to figure out creative ways to reuse items instead of throwing them away? What are some of your favorite ways to reuse items to organize around your house?
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