Monday, October 5, 2015

Simple DIY Organization: Recycled Tissue Boxes Made Storage Bins

Hi there!

Have you ever written a post or shared an idea that you thought, "maybe this is just too simple to even share?" That's totally me today, but I'll share anyway.  Just know that I know this is crazy simple and nothing super exciting. 

When we moved into our house, I was looking for an easy way to get organized.  We live in an area where places like dollar stores are over a 1/2 hour away (which isn't that bad, but it's not all that convenient, either).  Running into a store to grab storage bins and baskets just wasn't an easy option.   This left me getting creative, instead.  I ended up trying to use things that we already had to organize our linen closets and pantry, and came up with this ridiculously-simple-yet-super-handy idea.

I like to choose the cute tissue boxes, just because if it's going to sit out on our counters, I want to like the way it looks.  I ended up using a leftover polka-dot box to make a storage bin one day, and have used this idea tons of times since then.  

Here's what you do:

Use scissors to cut 4 slits in the top of the box, from the oval opening in the top, to each corner. 

Next, remove the plastic that is underneath.

Fold each side down, and secure with tape. 


I told you, this is silly easy.  Almost too ridiculous to share, but I'm going for it. 

I use these bins to hold items that need to stand on our shelf, so they don't get knocked over. 

I also use them to organize small items like travel size toothpaste and shampoo, chapstick, mini hand sanitizers, etc. in plastic drawers.  This just helps keep things from rolling around and getting totally disorganized, and keeps items sorted. 

Another recycled storage bin that we use are clementine crates.  They aren't the prettiest, but with wire shelves in our pantry, things like salad dressing bottles and spice containers, tip over easily. All. the. time.  Also, they work well to corral bagged baking supplies.  I may paint them someday, but for now, they're serving the purpose, and are housed behind a closed door anyway.  

I like that these ideas are recycled, so reducing waste, free, and simple.  Also, I almost always have an empty box lying around, so they're easy to grab when needed.

Okay, so share your silly simple DIY organization ideas! 

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