Thinking outside the box.

The sun came out today after four days of rain and storms. So I did what people all over Sydney were doing – hung some washing out on the line. I wanted to wash the winter blankets before putting them on the beds, to get rid of that cupboardy odour. They now smell like fresh air and sunshine!washingpowder

As I scooped the washing powder into the machine, I thought about how I love the green colour of these containers. (Yes, it was a bit of a slow day around these parts). I started using these vintage canisters to keep my washing powder in after I began making my own. Even when I buy my washing powder ready-made, I still pour it into these canisters, because they are so much nicer to look at.dogfoodtin This is the old bread bin that I keep our dry dog food in. Molly the collie recognises the sound of the lid being opened, and rushes into the kitchen whenever she hears the clang.toothbrushesI keep our toothbrushes and toothpaste in an old Stilton cheese jar that I bought in a Scottish op-shop for £1.washingupbottlesThis is our washing up liquid and surface spray (I just use diluted washing up liquid in the spray bottle). I bought the original cleaners from Aldi ages ago, and covered them in some contact from a roll that I bought at a garage sale. When they are empty, I refill them using a bulk bottle of Aldi washing up liquid.

I love using old, repurposed or decorated containers to store my everyday things in. It is a lot more aesthetically pleasing, reduces the need to buy new storage items, and also means that you can often buy in bulk, which cuts down on unnecessary packaging.

Do you tip things out of their original packaging, or use unusual containers to store things in? I’d love to hear any ideas.

 

4 thoughts on “Thinking outside the box.

  1. Stephanie I really like the green of those canisters too. I would never have though to use them in such a way, – so clever. And I think the idea of putting the contact on the bottles is also very clever and makes them look very pretty. I have a project lined up ready to re-purpose some containers my flour comes in. The flour comes in a clear plastic container with a screw on lid in either red or blue. I have bought some little blackboard labels that are glued onto tiny pegs from the two dollar shop and I am going to use these as labels for the containers. I will keep pasta and rice in them.

    1. Hi Jane, I have a collection of nice jam jars. I haven’t decided what they are for yet, but I agree with you that some jars are just too nice to throw out.

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