Home Organization Advice

7 Containers to Reuse for Household Organizing

Dominique Daniels leads the property management team at Bria, a luxury apartment community in West Haven, UT.

Is your recycling bin full of food containers?

In the era of eco-friendliness, recycling them is a wise choice. It always feels great to help the earth.

But did you also know that you can reuse those containers?

For example, you can use a pill bottle to hold that key you keep misplacing. And juice bottles are perfect for storing cleaning fluids.

So, before you recycle all your containers, keep a few. There is an endless amount of ways to repurpose them.

In this article, we’ll discuss some creative ways to reuse containers for household organization. It’s about time you took charge and started organizing your apartment!


1. Cereal Boxes

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After your cereal is gone, you still have a handy box to use. If you’re tempted to keep it because it has a limited-edition design (cereal boxes are fun that way), now you have an excuse!

Since cereal boxes are on the larger side, they’re perfect for holding magazines.

If you wanted to keep the box anyway, now you’ll have a cool holder with some of your favorite magazines inside. You can also use it to hold file folders or flat electronics.

Of course, you’ll need to cut open part of it. Scissors will work for that, or, for a more accurate opening, an X-Acto knife will do the trick.

But be careful, you don’t want to cut yourself. It’s vital to utilize a cutting board if you want to keep all your limbs!


2. Pill Bottles

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If you take medications, you probably have a lot of pill bottles around. And it turns out they can be quite useful.

Instead of tossing them, reuse your pill bottles to store some of your smaller items. A few ideas are vitamins, jewelry, makeup, or keys.

If you go on a trip and don’t want to misplace something, a pill bottle makes the perfect storage container. It’ll fit snugly in your purse or backpack and be easy to find when you need it.

Won’t it be nice not having to worry about where your favorite earrings are?


3. Juice Bottles

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Juice comes in plastic or glass containers, and both are handy. They’re especially great for holding cleaning supplies like laundry detergent or dish soap.

If you like to buy your cleaning supplies in bulk, juice bottles allow you to hide your big, clunky containers in the closet. A small glass bottle looks a lot nicer in your laundry room than an oversized plastic container.

When repurposing juice bottles, it’s best to clean them up so there isn’t any sticky residue left inside. After all, that would defeat the entire purpose of cleaning!


4. Mason Jars

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Mason jars are a DIY-er’s dream. They look adorable, and they’re perfect for organizing small items.

In the bathroom, repurpose your mason jars to store Q-tips, cotton balls, or extra toothbrushes. In your home office, use them for pens, paper clips, and other office supplies.

You can even use them for food storage in the kitchen by filling them with cereal, rice, or spices.

With a few mason jars around your house, you’ll always be able to find what you need.


5. Baby Wipe Containers

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If you have young kids, then you’ve likely gone through a ton of baby wipes.

And if you’ve gone through a lot of baby wipes, you probably have a lot of leftover containers.

Baby wipe containers can hold pretty much anything. They’re great for holding cotton balls, dryer sheets, or plastic bags. You could even create a first aid kit out of one.

You’ll wonder why you didn’t start using these containers for storage earlier!


6. Yogurt Containers

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If you need a measuring cup, you already have one in your kitchen in the form of a yogurt container.

Usually, small yogurt containers hold eight ounces of yogurt, which equates to one cup.

These containers have other uses, too. They make perfect pots for small plants, and they’re great for holding nail clippers, screws, and other small objects.

Smaller containers like this are awesome when you need a separate organizer to put inside a box. For example, if you have a messy toolbox, a few yogurt containers can help you get it in order.


7. Ice Cube Trays

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Ice cube trays aren’t just for holding ice cubes — they have a lot more potential.

They’re perfect for organizing small items, such as paperclips and jewelry.

If you like fixing things around your apartment, these trays are good for stashing screws and nails.

Even rubber bands and tacks will fit inside your ice cube trays. If you’d like an organizer near the desk in your home office, an ice cube tray (as funny as it sounds) might become your new best friend.


Conclusion

Reusing containers that you would otherwise toss out is a smart way to take advantage of what you have. Not only that, but it can save you a lot of money in the process.

Who needs expensive organizers when you have plenty of containers already?

So, take stock of all the reusable containers you’ve been throwing out. Think about how you can repurpose them before getting rid of them.

It’ll be great to have extra containers for storage. Plus, you’ll enjoy being creative in the process!

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