The Organize Your Life series with me and Annie from All Things Big and Small has been such a fun series so far! And this post is my favorite so far. I’m sharing my 5 favorite storage solutions that are usually destined for the trash!
This post started a few weeks ago. I was organizing the garage and brought inside an empty trash bag box. A few minutes later, my husband was walking that empty trash bag box BACK out to the garage to the trash can! I think he jumped out of his skin when I shrieked “Don’t throw that away! I need that!”, because his response included a wide-eyed, shocked look, followed by “what do you need this trash for?”.
Well, what indeed? It occurred to me that, throughout the house, I’ve got FREE organizing solutions scattered around that you definitely have as well. It just might be in your trash can!
Flat Boxes | It may come from Costco or Sams Club, but you know what I’m referring to, right? It’s the flat box that a set of cans are shipped in. When you check out of Costco or Sams, it’s their solution to taking the groceries to the car. I use these in a few ways!
- It lines my wire pantry shelves I have in my garage. All the cans out there tipped over so easily until I put those flat boxes down.
- I use them to transport cooked food to potlucks and get-togethers. Don’t have a casserole carrier, but paranoid about spills? Plop it on a flat box! It fits nicely in your trunk and protects your car from food spills. Not to mention it’s SO much easier to carry your food with this box.
- BONUS Idea! Use them in a dresser as a simple drawer organizer!
Plastic Shopping Bags | I know you already use these as trash can liners, right? So do I! Such an easy way to reuse the bags. But I also keep a stash in all of our suitcases as laundry bags or even as travel shoe bags! And if it gets soiled or torn? Oh well!
Trash Bag Box | That trash bag box my husband almost tossed? I use it as a storage spot for all those plastic shopping bags! I stuff them in and tuck the box under the sink in my laundry room. I also have a trash bag box in the garage. So convenient!
Diaper & Wipe Boxes | These large, sturdy boxes are AMAZING to use as pull out bins in closets. The large versions usually have a hand hold on it where you can grab and easily pull out. I discovered the Costco wipes boxes fit PERFECTLY in my linen closet to fill the gap left next to my fabric bins. I plan on elevating them by covering them with some burlap, ala Do It On a Dime’s tutorial!
Produce Containers | Looking for small storage containers for spices, food pouches, or small boxes of snacks? Save those clear, plastic berry produce containers! The best ones are for strawberries. I keep a stash for my pantry, one for cheese sticks in the refrigerator, and a set for plastic cutlery. Leave the lid on or cut it off!
Do you have anything you’re using as storage that usually just goes in the trash?? I’d LOVE to hear your ideas! Or tell me if you have any other ideas for my 5 options!
There is one more week in this series! Can’t wait to have you come back next Tuesday!