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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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January Simplicity Challenge

This month I want to do a challenge called “That Pesky Project.” Your challenge is to choose one project or task that you’ve been delaying and complete it. Since we only have 2 weeks left in January, pick something you’re sure you can finish. It might be a task you’ve been dreading, or it might be a task you’ve wanted to do for awhile but just hadn’t set aside the time for. Maybe you still need to put away all those holiday decorations, or write your thank-you notes, or clean out the kids’ toys, or clean out your freezer, or even finish filling in 2007’s photo album. Whatever it is, this is the time to do it.

If your project seems a bit overwhelming, break it down into baby steps. You can either do this in your head or on paper, but spend a few minutes deciding how you will complete your project and how long it will take to do it. Then look at your calendar and set aside the time to finish it. Wouldn’t it be nice to start 2008 off on a productive note?

My project for the month is scanning my son’s artwork into the computer. In an effort to save space, but still indulge my mommy-sentimentality, I’m scanning all of my son’s art that he brings home from daycare onto CD, then keeping only my very favorite pieces to save. The rest are divided up and sent to the grandparents for their fridges. I was doing really well with this project last spring until I moved house, then the art started to pile up into a formidable mountain. So I’m breaking the project down into baby steps, and scanning a small stack each night until I get caught up. Then I can send each grandparent a big envelope of artwork to enjoy! I started this project last month and was able to hand out some art at Christmas, but now I need to finish it and get caught up!

What’s your Pesky Project to finish this month?