Don’t Throw That Out! 16 Clever Ways to Organize with Trash
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Love turning trash into treasure?
Check out these 16 inspiring trash recycling hacks (using things you typically throw away) to organize around the house! Many of these ideas are simple and fun!
1. Re-use shoe boxes for stylish storage.
Before tossing away a thick shoe box or greeting card box, consider using it for office or craft room storage. I covered these bulk greeting card boxes in stylish shelf liner paper, and I use them in my office area as pretty yet functional storage!
2. Make a mini first aid kit from a pill bottle.
3. Organize household cords.
Use paper rolls to keep all your electrical cords labeled and organized. I embellished mine with duct tape and scrapbook paper.
I added pretty knobs to the tops of these Bath & Body Works candle jars for easy and adorable bathroom storage! Check out these directions for cleaning out candles (and more ideas for re-purposing them).
5. Use food containers for on-the-go snacks.
Re-purpose smaller plastic food containers as convenient and portable food storage for snacks. Keep them in your pantry or take snacks to go in your purse, diaper bag, or to the beach!
6. Organize with Mason jars.
Use Mason jars or glass food container jars to organize everything from craft and office supplies to pantry items! They are so versatile and can serve so many purposes.
7. Store plastic bags in wipes containers.
An empty wipes container makes a great way to travel with trash sacks or empty grocery bags for the beach or when camping. When empty, use it to keep wet bathing suits separate as well.
8. Stick with this pinworthy Mason jar.
How cute is this Mason jar pin cushion and mending kit?! I created this cute pin cushion in about 10 minutes with this fun tutorial – all I did was hot glue a ball of cotton filling and a piece of fabric to a Mason jar lid and then placed my sewing items inside!
Re-use those red over-sized plastic coffee containers to store your homemade baby wipes made from a roll of paper towels (instructions here).
10. Create a DIY hand washing station.
Keep your campsite or outdoor party organized with a smart hand washing station. Fill an empty and clean detergent container with water, and use the spout for hand washing.
11. Craft a Washi tape pencil holder.
Recycle tin cans by covering them with different colored Washi tape. Group them together for stylish and functional pencil and office supply organizing.
Speaking of Washi tape, did you see this post?
There’s more to cereal boxes than the toy surprise! Use the empty containers to create a pretty and functional desk organizer like the one seen here.
Save the cardboard boxes from your favorite brands of beer and use them to make these unique drink coasters.
14. Use aluminum tabs in the closet.
These aluminum tabs double your hanging space by allowing you to stack hangers! So smart and easy!
15. Keep a lid on your old CD storage rack.
Don’t toss that old CD rack! Instead, use it to keep unruly storage container lids in order!
16. Re-purpose in a pinch with pant hangers.
Plastic pant hangers can easily be re-used as chip clips. Consider using one as a clever cookbook holder while making a recipe too!
What are some clever ways you re-purpose things that other people toss out?
Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 small kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! Check out all of Lina’s DIY/CRAFTS and RECIPES created just for Hip2Save.