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June’s Challenge: Use It Up

Between the new baby, the belligerent toddler and a battle with a giant kidney stone, I never got around to posting a May challenge, so we’ll skip right along to June’s challenge. June’s challenge will be to Use It Up. Before you buy or open anything new this month, check to see if there’s something floating around your home that you can use. Is there a half used tube of toothpaste in the drawer? Got two or three bottles of moisturizer laying around? Are there half a dozen lip balms between your side table drawer and the bottom of your bag? Gather up all those open containers and either use them or lose them.

You can take this challenge to the next step by pulling together all those little sample-size shampoo bottles and hotel soaps and using those before you open a new full-size container. Reduce the clutter and make sure nothing goes to waste.

The challenge applies to the kitchen as well. Before you head to the grocery store this month, check out what’s in your pantry, your freezer and your fridge. Let’s make sure nothing good goes to waste! Not only will you be clearing out the clutter and using your resources wisely, you can save some cash too.

50 Uses for Those Rectangular Baby Wipes Containers!

babywipestub_toysUpdate: This post is so popular, I came up with even more ideas for reusing these awesome little boxes. Check out 101 Ways to Reuse Baby Wipes Containers!

Some of my friends and I recently scored a deal for super cheap baby wipes, and now several of us have an overload of those plastic baby wipes containers. Here are some ideas of how to reuse and recycle them so they don’t end up in the landfill.

  • Coupon storage box
  • Recipe organizer
  • Crayon catch-all (especially good for broken crayons)
  • Small kitchen utensils
  • Art supplies and clay
  • Small cars and trucks
  • Lego storage
  • Cosmetics organizer
  • Emergency sewing kit
  • Organizing gravy and sauce packets in the pantry
  • Treasure Chest project
  • Stacking blocks
  • Clothes pin storage
  • First aid kit
  • Organizing hair bows, barrettes and ponytail holders
  • Keeping track of those Bills To Pay
  • Storing baby and toddler spoons and utensils
  • Organizing small lids and containers
  • Holding travel-size shampoos and soaps
  • Pen and pencil case
  • Organizing baby’s grooming supplies — combs, clippers, nasal bulb thingys
  • Organizing charging cords for your small electronics
  • Travel toy/activity box for car trips
  • Holding baby washcloths
  • Storing your own DIY cleaning wipes
  • Manicure kit
  • Holding small tools or a emergency tool kit
  • Storing screws, nails and fasteners
  • Storing pet grooming supplies — brushes, clippers, collars
  • Snack case for car trips
  • Organizing trading cards or baseball cards
  • Corraling random craft supplies
  • Using as a brick mold for making snow forts
  • Organizing seed packets for planting season
  • Tissue storage in the car
  • Pet food travel box
  • Dry storage boxes on boats
  • Dry storage boxes at the pool
  • Storing gift bows crush-free
  • School/daycare projects (ask your teachers!)
  • Storage for leftovers or lunch (clean well first!)
  • Dryer sheet storage — keeps that fresh aroma in until you’re ready to release it
  • Outlet covers — just add a couple of screw holes and mount over outlet
  • Yarn/skein holders for knitters — the yarn can be guided through the pop-up part
  • Recycling plastic bags — pull a bag out through the hole to reuse until you get your reusable bags
  • Seed starter pots
  • Piggy bank
  • Hermit crab hideaway — make sure to drill a few air holes
  • Photo box

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