January 10, 2012

Organizing with Leftover Containers

It seems everyone is busy restructuring and reorganizing around this time of year.  Rex got a second bout of the flu yesterday, so I thought it might be a good time to tackle a messy cupboard I've been putting off since I clearly wasn't going anywhere.

Here's the cupboard.  Doesn't look that bad?  Well....


....all of this was shoved inside of it without any rhyme or reason.  (Extra credit: Where are Cheri's feet in this picture?  If you guessed, "In her puppy dog sleeper pajamas," then you're right!)



Sidenote: Sometimes I like to keep containers that I think are cool.  This dishwashing soap container is super nice so I pulled out the three I've saved and decided they'd be great for my plastic silverware.


I couldn't really pulled the labels off cleanly, so I made labels (using the Silhouette) to cover the current labels.  I cut one for each side and used the cut-out itself on the top and front of the bin.


I put a small piece of paper behind the cut-out space so you wouldn't see the label behind it.


Then I put it over the label.


Now the silverware isn't floating all around the cabinet and it's easy to pull out when I need it.



I found a basket for the napkins and stacked the plates together.


My boys got Toms from my mother-in-law at Christmas and the boxes they came in......


....were a perfect fit for straws.


So now everything is accessible and sensibly organized.  I get nerdy-excited about organizing an area of my home.  I can't wait to get the office turned into the craft room so that everything will have a space.


And the thing that makes me happiest is that when I invest some time to get everything to fit and be organized, it's easy to keep it that way.  My pantry and back hall closet both still look good.  Hooray!

 Do you have any organizational secrets?  Don't hold out on us :)

Thanks for reading.

32 comments:

  1. I do this too! Haha! I'm glad I'm not the only one who reuses containers to put random things in. Metal coffee cans are the best, you can find them all over my house, haha!

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  2. Awesome job! Great use of the old containers.

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  3. That's so cute and creative! I'll have to tell my momma about that!!

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  4. Good idea to reuse the dishwasher tablet container. I can't wait to empty mine now and find something to organize with it! :)

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  5. That's a great idea but why do you have so much disposables? Maybe for the summer bbq?
    You can do it also with pencils and pens.
    Have a nice day!
    Manon

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  7. Mamanon - I think we have so many because we rarely use them :) They were left over from a big family BBQ and we use them when we have a lot of family come over because we don't have that many dishes.

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  8. Organizing is a great feeling, I just can't stand when my efforts go unnoticed or just get messed up again. I like the use of old containers gives me some good ideas.

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  9. i also love to organize with left over containers. (i use the term organize very loosly!!) mostly bc i hate throwing that stuff away and the plastic stuff at the store is outrageous expensive!!! espicially with my art and sewing stuff i reuse containers. i also like finding old tins and containers. so it looks cool and hides my mess.

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  11. Thanks for sharing your cupboard ideas with us. I have been saving some Truvia containers and haven't decided what to do with them yet. I don't normally save that kind of stuff like pie tins and peanut butter jars, but the Truvia jars are so cute and I just think they'll be handy for SOMETHING...just don't know what it is yet :)

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  12. you probably already know this but - if you heat up a lable with your blowdryer it will (most of the time) peel off easily! thanks for blogging - i love to read it!

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  13. Great ideas! That cupboard looks great. I always keep containers, but then it bugs me to have them hanging around, so I always toss them. Now I have a few ideas on how to use them! Thanks Cheri!

    P.S. Cute jammies!

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  14. I love re-using fun containers, too! I use them all over my house and in my sewing room. I love how you printed labels for them, I will definitely have to do that!
    Trudy

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  15. That looks great! I love those plastic containers, kinda makes me want to buy those dishwasher tablets so that I can get the containers. :) I'm sharing some of my kitchen organizing tips today too!
    http://www.askannamoseley.com/2012/01/day-6-organizing-kitchen-cabinets.html

    Anna
    www.askannamoseley.com

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  16. The plactic utensil containers are BRILLIANT!
    thanks

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  17. Those recycled silverware containers are pretty cute! I would never know they were recycled.

    Looking at that space makes me smile...because my cabinets sure don't right now. :)

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  18. oh i love organizing spaces. I'm working on a bunch of mine right now...I think i want to buy that dishwasher soap JUST so I can have the cool containers. hahaha

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  19. Great labels. I just love seeing something organized!

    Try Goo-b-gone (You can get it at Target in the cleaning products isle) to get sticky substances off. Works like a charm...even gets gum out of carpet. That stuff is amazing. :)

    -Amanda-

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  20. Love the labels. Very inspiring and I have a day off tomorrow, Hmmmm!

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  21. By this time next year we will have 5 extra people in our home. We have to Dejunk and organize. Thank goodness, I have 5 months before the first 3 come. (My son is going to Afganistan and his family will be with us while he is gone. My rule is get rid of 40-50%, which helps alot.

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  22. Cheri,

    If you turn your cups upside down, it will make the stacks more stable and they won't fall over as easy and you won't have to worry about dust or bugs getting in them. There isn't much worse than picking up a cup to use and there is an ant or a spider in it! Yuk! I don't like those kinds of surprises.

    Maureen

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  23. OK, way to go on reorganizing this space without having to spend a dime! You rock!

    Somebody should do a blog series on thrifty/cheap reorganizing. Seriously. I would drop to my knee and propose. All the 'simple reorganizing' projects where you just buy sixty buckets for just $5 a piece I'm just like... augh! I could buy more cupboards for that!

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  24. great job!! love the use of the saved containers!! and the slippers- awesome!

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  25. I recently cleaned out a cabinet where I had used a shoebox from my sons shoes. He is a grown man now and the shoes were a size 3, it was such a cool little moment looking at that old box. :) Love the Silhouette stickers! I hope Rex is better soon.

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  26. Oh my goodness!! I love that idea with the soap containers. It makes me want to go out and buy that soap just so I can have the containers. I loved how you labeled them. What great insperation!

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  27. Good job! You're so clever :)
    And I love the jammies!

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  28. Love the idea of re-using old containers, especially when you make them look so darn cute!

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  29. This looks so awesome. I keep containers, jars, and bottles that have a unique or efficient shape to organize and use to give gifts. You have inspired me to redo my bathroom cabinets and my kitchen cupboards.

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  30. Now THAT is inspiring! What a great way to re-use leftover containers. Thanks for sharing.

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  31. I just emptied my first DW packs box and wondered what I was going to do with this. Now, what to put in it?

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  32. I love the transformation. I especially love it when everything is neat and tidy and has their own space in a cabinet.

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