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50 Uses for Those Rectangular Baby Wipes Containers!

50 Uses for Those Rectangular Baby Wipes Containers!Update: 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 on 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
  • Clothespin 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 an 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

Your Green Resolutions for 2008

Here are some of the Green Resolutions I got from you, the readers! I’m still looking for some Simple Living Resolutions, so make sure you send those in too!

Gretchen: I’m also trying to remember to bring my reusable shopping bags to the grocery store, but I guess it is better that I forget the bags than forget one of the kids, right?

Casey: I also forget my reusable bags. They are even green and proclaim in big white lettering how eco-friendly I am for using them! I’ve remembered to use them all of 3 times or so, then the cashiers look all scandalized to have to use them. On a bright note, I reuse most of the plastic bags that come into my house and send the ones I don’t use to my daughter’s preschool. They ALWAYS need bags.

Becky: The only real green New Year’s Resolution I made was to stop using baggies whenever possible and use Tupperware containers instead. I should have been doing that all along though, huh?

Jamie: I’m trying to use my Trader Joe’s bags more often. It’s just hard to get them, my son and the diaper bag…At least I put them in my car.

Michelle: I plan to try a couple of things: vinegar for cleaning and making own laundry soap. And the biggest one…actually USING my recycling trash can! My city has free recycling pick-up, but we have a set-up in our house that makes it really inconvenient to actually get things out to the proper trash can. So we end up just dumping bottles and the like into the regular trash. Bad, I know. I’m going to work on it.

Emily: My green resolution: get a food waste container and use it rather than throwing scraps in the regular trash.

Kathrine: I’m resolving to give up my toxic household cleaners and try out some of the new environmentally friendly ones that are on the market.

Joseph: I’m only going to run the dishwasher if it’s full. We’ve gotten into the bad habit of running it every day, regardless of whether it’s full or only has a few plates. If there’s not much to wash, I’ll either wait or do them by hand.

Leslie: I’m going to buy several microfiber cloths for cleaning, instead of using paper towels for everything.

Charlie: We’re going to wash our laundry in cold water instead of warm, and only use hot water for really bad stains. I also want to get a laundry line to hang outside this summer.

Rosie: I got a new reusable water bottle for Christmas, so I’m going to avoid getting those plastic disposable water bottles.

Making Simple and Green Resolutions for 2008!

It’s a new year, and everyone is making resolutions. How about making a commitment to doing one thing just a little greener this year? How about making a commitment to simplify one thing in your life this year?

E-mail me or drop me a comment on your Simple and Green Resolutions for 2008, and I’ll post them. You can be an inspiration to others who are looking to make changes!

My Green Resolution: To use fewer plastic shopping bags. I have a nice selection of reusable bags, but often forget to take them INTO the store!

My Simple Resolution: Reduce my clutter. Fewer items in my house will mean less to clean! With a new baby on the way in March and a toddler already tearing up the house, I could really use the lighter cleaning workload.

What are your Simple and Green Resolutions?