In my quest to de-clutter and organize, I’ve come across quite a few things that I can’t help but think “Why the heck did I save that?!” If I can’t remember why I was saving it, into the trash it goes. Sometimes I later remember why and kick myself for not saving and re-using it. Case in point; I’ve been saving the lids off of Little Miss’s wipe baggies and recycling the rest. My plan is to make cute little ornaments with her picture inside . . . or maybe it was that I was saving them to make a countdown to Christmas calendar . . . Have I made either of these things yet? Nope, but I know the minute I throw them away, I’ll be upset because I’ll finally have the time to do those things or I’ll have some other perfect project for them!
One of my little projects this month is to organize my little piles of all the things I’m saving. I have a crafting bookcase but it’s currently become the catch-all bookcase. The plan is to clear it off, organize it with only things that should e on it and put all the little project idea knick-knacks in containers and label the containers.
While I’m organizing and going through things, there are a few items that I’m not planning on tossing. Check out my list of things to re-use and save below:
Plastic Containers: I re-use my yogurt, sour cream and cottage cheese containers. They are great to send leftovers home with family members and leftovers we’re gonna keep. They are also great for small painting projects or containing all those previously mentioned knick-knacks.
Coffee Cans: We save both the plastic ones and the cardboard ones. They are good for storing screws, bolts, nuts and other miscellaneous doo-dads. I also use them as feed scoops, veggie scrap containers and egg collector buckets.
Socks with Holes: I use these for deep cleaning projects and painting/staining projects.
Paper Bags: I don’t get many of these anymore, but when I do they come in handy. I keep a few in the camper for trash bags and I bag up junk mail to burn. My mom used to cut them up and use them as a cookie cooling sheet.
Plastic Bags: I mainly save these to recycle, but I also use them as trash bags in the bath and bedroom and when I’m cleaning the cat box, I also keep a few in the camper and in the vehicles. Around the holidays they also make great stuffing material when you’re trying to disguise a smaller gift inside a larger box.
Gift Wrapping Materials: At our house, we save gags, boxes, bows, tissue paper and ribbon. I have enough girl themed bags from my baby shower and Little Miss’s birthday party that I may never have to buy any girl themed gift wrapping materials again! Tissue paper comes in handy for everything from gift bags, gift box padding to gift boxes.
Here’s a bonus!
Newspaper: Newspaper comes in handy for the obvious – starting a fire! But, I also keep it around to add padding to gift boxes, wrap fragile things, and clean windows.
What are some things you consistently save to re-use?