As I mentioned in THIS tv segment, I take my empty baby formula containers, carefully wash them out (don't let them soak in water long because they are made of a cardboard-type-ish material), then use them to store my flour, rice, and other baking goods! You can do the same with hot chocolate canisters. I wrapped them in cute paper, and voila. Custom, cute, and it's reusing something you already have.
As I showed you HERE, I have been doing this for a while. I use it to organize snacks for my kids and cleaning supplies in my laundry room, but my SIL uses it to organize her spices (clever!).
When we moved into our new house it constantly bugged me that there was so much wasted space UNDER the hanging coats in our hall closet. We tried shoe racks, but they were messy and ineffective; especially since toddler shoes are so tiny. I bought a bunch of drawers like these from yard sales over time, and now use them in my closets! It's great because the kids each have their own drawers and can grab their own shoes and socks. One draw is for nice shoes, the other is for play shoes. Beyond that, they get to choose however they'd like!
The larger drawers are for mine and my hubby's shoes, as well as dog items (leashes, extra collars, poop bags), outdoor items (umbrellas, gloves, hats – separated by adult vs kid items). So simple, and easy clean-up because you just toss them in, shut the drawer, and go!
As I showed you HERE, my kids LOVE tub toys, but I had trouble finding an effective solution for storing AND draining them. By using this dollar store laundry basket, you can keep all your tub toys stored neatly in the tub. The water drains out the bottom, keeping the toys dry, and your tub clutter-free!
As I mentioned HERE, I have a LOT of spices. I was having trouble finding an effective way to keep them all in one place, and still make them easy to grab. I found that in a cupboard it was next to impossible to reach the ones in the back, and I had too many spices to fit in those fancy spice rack thingies. I put them in a large drawer, and BAM! Works like a charm. I even organized them alphabetically so they are easy to find. The BIG spice containers (like my Costco-sized ones) I keep in a small corner cupboard nearby.
Does anyone else have a monster in their dryer that eats ONE of each pair of socks? Or is it just me? One day I nearly threw a fit when folding the laundry because I couldn't match a SINGLE PAIR of socks. I finally wised up and scrounged my house for an unused basket (it just so happened to be a cute one…). I now keep it in a cupboard above my dryer. Every time I see a lonely sock on the floor, or in a load of laundry (after the monster ate its poor mate), I toss it in this basket. Then, about 1x per week I'll take it down, dump it out, and sort through it. Wouldn't you know…sometimes the monster decides to throw up the missing mate back into this basket! It's AMAZING to me how many pairs I'm able to make by doing this. I've learned that many times socks get “lost” because they end up in two different loads of laundry, or one gets temporarily lost under the couch or in the play room. Rather than tossing out the lonely sock, I save it and eventually find it's mate.
Most of the time, anyway.
And since I'm on the whole snack thing…