Baby Wipes Containers Upcycled Into Spice Containers!

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Let me tell you a story. This is going to be a very short story. Actually, to be honest, you can’t even really call this a story.

But once upon a time, Nick and I we were pretty broke. Not that we are like rolling in the dough now, but considerably, things have improved.

Most things I found ways to wait for or to make do without, but one thing that I always wanted was spice shelves – or some sort of organizational system for spices. I was tired of not being able to find spices that I knew we had. I was tired of realizing that I’d accidentally bought the same spice twice.

But I couldn’t find the money to buy a fancy organizer.

So I started to look around my house, to try and figure out what I did have in abundance. And it turned out, that thing was baby wipe containers. If you have ever used baby wipes, you know that those containers are pretty sturdy.  So when we used them, I didn’t just want to throw them out. I held onto them because I knew they would be useful for something else. (And it turns out, they are useful for storing many things – we have different baby wipe containers for markers, pens, and pencils for example). We couldn’t use most of them for baby wipes anymore because one of my kids had broken the lids.

So when I realized I had a bunch of these, I thought, there has to be a way I can organize these to hold my spices. And so I started arranging the spices in them until every spice had a place. Then, I took a post it note and taped it on the front of the container and on that post it note, I wrote everything that was in that container. Then I lined them all up in my cupboard. Like this! Ignore the peeling post it note, I did tape it on better after I took this picture.

Spice Containers out of Baby wipe containers - baby wipe containers upcycle

I have been using it this way for at least a year – probably longer. They hold up really well to abuse and pulling in and out of my cupboard. I can find everything easily and I don’t accidentally buy duplicate spices anymore. Actually, the other day Nick said “We could get you real shelves.” And I actually turned him down because I like it so much I don’t want to change it. Though I think I would like to alphabetize it soon, but I admit, I have an addiction to alphabetizing things! I’m surprised I didn’t do that from the start, to be honest.

How do you upcycle your baby wipes containers? How do you organize your spices? 

Gift Wrapping Organization

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We are totally on a mission to declutter and organize our basement. It needs it badly. Since the kids basically never go down there, it is totally a dumping ground for all the things we don’t want our kids to get into. So while you won’t turn on Hoarders and see us anytime soon, it’s still something that needed change. And the easiest way to do that is not in one massive project, but bit by bit at a time. So this meant it was time for some gift wrapping organization.

I can’t take credit for this idea – it’s genius comes from Practically Martha. It worked amazingly well though, so I’m sharing some pictures of what it looks like in our house.

Gift Wrapping Organization

As you can see, the wrapping paper is now hanging in a garment bag. Again, Practically Martha had this wonderful idea. I was fortunate that ours had a number of pockets that I used to hold folded up tissue paper. As for gift bags, I put them together in a box, all going the same way – for the most part except for some oversize ones. That makes it easy to rifle through them and find one that fits the occasion. I am really excited that this has organization to it now. When things have a home, it feels better and they don’t get so out of control in the first place.

Oh and added bonus, I found TONS of gift bags and tissue paper that I didn’t even know we had. Like I had this box, but it was so cluttered I was always grabbing what was on top so that I could be quick about it. But finding that there was so much more there than I thought was well worth organizing it alone. Especially finding so much extra tissue paper, since, in addition to using it to wrap presents, we also use it in many crafts around here.

What does your gift wrapping organization look like? Or is it totally unorganized like mine was? 

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