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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Using recycled items as storage containers

Recycled/re-purposed items aren't just great materials for craft projects - they also make great storage containers too! :-)

I should clarify here that I'm really not an advocate of the "Don't throw anything away" mantra as that sort of thing leads to disorganisation, untidiness and clutter in the long run. Quite the opposite in fact, as I regularly go through cupboards, wardrobes and drawers and either discard or donate anything that is no longer being used. I definitely do subscribe to the Marie Kondo school of thought  on that one! :-)

But I do believe that some items can be recycled and repurposed into crafts and storage containers. As long as the item is sturdy, can be properly cleaned and dried and holds its shape well, you can definitely find a use for it.

Here, I used a variety of small empty cardboard boxes in which a couple of pairs of earrings came in, an old spectacle case, a plastic container I got in a bon-bon once, and various plastic name card boxes, to organise the stuff in my office desk drawer. The good thing about using small containers inside of drawers is that they can be packed tight enough to avoid the contents of the drawer sliding around messily every time the drawer is opened and shut.

The tissue pack holder was a free gift with another item I purchased, so while it's not strictly speaking a recycled or re-purposed item, it wasn't bought and I found a use for it instead of throwing it away :-)

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