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I am sure there are plenty of you out there who use unordinary items for storage.  I am not the only one who saves Crystal Light containers and reuses them for a teacher’s gift, right? I can’t be flying solo when it comes to repurposing tin cans for storage, correct?  There is definitely some other person who has a container fetish right?

My kids love the wooden Melissa and Doug wooden food sets.  Unfortunately, the awesome wooden containers are lost on my children.  They don’t understand the organization factor.  Having all the food in one big container works way better for a 5 and 2 year old’s organization skills. So I am left with these wicked awesome storage containers.

I already used two and made a backgammon board.





After redoing the French Provincial Nightstand I reused the Melissa and Doug ice cream set and the Food Group Set into the perfect bedside storage.


I removed one section (with an exacto knife) so that a paperback book would fit into place.  The rest of the compartments have my eye mask, chapstick, lotion and sinus spray in them.  The back two trays have pens and my book lights in them.  Yeah for strange storage….works for me!

So what is your strange storage solution?  Let me see your links in the comment section.  I would love to feature some on my Facebook page.

Check out this checkerboard I did as well from upcycled Melissa & Doug boards!


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  1. Spice racks. I love them!! I have 4…I love to see buttons/brads/embellishments all nicely sorted in their own little homes. I also have 4 diapers boxes full of baby food jars…I just can’t get rid of them. I just KNOW that I will need them to hold something!! ….and yes I have an extreme container addiction too. 😀

  2. Yes!! Someone else out there in the world who saves Crystal Light containers. Those babies are awesome! My husband thinks I’m nuts, but they’re perfect for little gifts. I wrap mine in cheapie brown shipping paper ($1 from the Dollar Tree) and tie a ribbon around them for Christmas.

  3. Like Kristina above, I totally reuse shoe boxes, too, like in my foyer closet organizing. I also love saving food jars for holding little things in the garage and craft room. Love those Melissa & Doug sets! My SB dutifully puts his stuff away, but maybe I can figure out a way to get my hands on them. 😉

  4. I store my silverware in recycled glass jars. Spaghetti jars, Mason jars, whatever. I just used a large Vlasic pickle jar as a vase for some pretty flowers I picked up at the store.

  5. I use the wooden silverware trays I find at yard sales as drawer organizers. They work great and cost next to nothing.

  6. I have 4 Melissa & Doug’s magnet doll boxes organizing various drawers around my house…including my nemesis, the kitchen junk drawer! I had them just sitting in the garage because I knew they were too nice to throw away…I kept opening the junk drawer & getting mad…and then the light-bulb lit up! I also save jars of all kinds & will now be on the look-out for spice racks! Thanks!!

  7. Great idea for baby food jars: screw the tops to the underside of a shelf, then you can screw the baby food jars to the lids and you have hanging glass storage for little things!

  8. OMGoodness! What a great idea. I have a few M&D boxes I couldn’t throw way now I know what to do with them. I also love the comment about their silverware in drawes. I think I may start doing that since we only have two and 1/4 drawers in my kitchen! Great Ideas!!!

  9. This is such a cute idea! I love turning “trash” into something new.
    & I definitely went and voted for that pretty room. I wouldn’t mind having that beautiful bedroom for myself! What a lucky little girl.

  10. This makes a great drawer organizer. If only I had kids so I could have some of these.

  11. Great idea! I’ve been saving them too! I wonder if one would fit in my bathroom drawer for my makeup/ hair stuff….. I also have a couple of M and D’s wood crates that the wooden blocks came in. They are SUPER nice, but I haven’t found the perfect spot for them yet…

  12. Fill clean empty beverage bottles, especially from Starbucks Frappuccino, with candy or accessories, put the top back on, then re-place in the 4- or 6-pack paper carrier for a really nice gift. Use lots of ribbon and other fun things to decorate. This works really well for little baby things – safety pins, cotton balls, Q-tips, etc.

  13. I can never through stuff away and love your ideas for repurposing containers. Thanks for sharing.

  14. I have the same container fetish for the same types of containers as you. I have been known to buy the product for just the container. Not quite the same but well…


  15. LOVE the room…wish my great-granddaughters could have such a beautiful space. Oh, Yeah! Crystal Light and WalMart brand canisters (round and rectangular), Nestle brand Creamer bottles, prescription bottles (the huge ones are great for some of the more pointed craft tools), tp rolls (I started a tiny book but have misplaced it. ): Have also recently seen a cute Valentines Day wreath and some awesome wall sculptures.) Okay, I will admit that I am a pack rat…not a hoarder yet…still have many of my favorite books and my china tea set from, ahem, 1952 era, not to mention about 40 holiday postcards that my father received in his first 10 years (1902 – 1912), etc, etc…… Oh, and something we get in a jar has little square shapes around the top shoulder of the jar…I’ve painted a few with jewel colors in the squares, white tissue ModPodged (with a litle glitter mixed into it) in little squares around the jar and left the bottom 1/2 in empty of paper with just a bit of the glittered ModPodge…gave them to my daughter to hold tea lights (real or battery)….Oh, My, I’d better stop in case you can only type so many characters…LOL

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