These boldly colored canisters are among my favorite plastic storage containers. The idea of just tossing out these
tremendously sturdy containers makes the borderline environmentalist in me
cringe. They’re so potentially
Granted they’re orange, which in my mind disqualifies them as displayable storage. But they've got handy screw on lids, and they’re just the right size for storing all sorts of little doodads around the house.
Here are some of the many items we keep organized in these repurposed storage containers:
Above: An empty Gatorade® container stores a collection of Alan wrenches in the garage. Below: A collection of Gatorade® containers house various screws, nails and other hardware.
Like Gatorade® containers these yellow canisters are a bit unsightly. But as far as free plastic storage containers go, these canisters are oh so versatile! Here are just a few suggestions of things to store in them:
These opaque white canisters are suitably attractive to be used as displayable storage containers. Place a collection of them on a shelf in a craft room or office filled with a variety of small supplies. Stick fun labels on the front to dress them up and unify them.
The nice thing about these plastic storage containers is the deep lid. Whether you're storing beads or screws, you can shake a few out into the lid to work with as needed.
We don't typically think of soda and juice bottles as plastic storage containers, but there is one thing they are perfect for storing: water.
With major storms and other natural disasters regularly knocking out power for days at a time, it’s always a good idea to keep some water stored in bottles for emergencies. Soda and juice bottles are food grade, so they are safe to use as water storage.
Before you spend a lot of money on fancy plastic storage containers, look in the recycle bin. Anytime you come across a particularly serviceable container, consider ways you might put it to use as a free storage container in your home.
A word of caution, though: don't get carried away! Remember our ultimate goal is to declutter. Collecting cool containers for the sake of collecting is counterproductive to our cause. The point here is to save money (and as a bonus the environment) by repurposing.
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