Jars, lots and lots of jars and plastic containers with lids are available when the filling is used up. I will not buy another container because I find it easier to use a clear jar with a lid to put leftovers in the refrigerator. They store dried beans, rice, macaroni, and all kinds of things. If one breaks, no big deal as it is easily replaced with another jar and another jar and on and on. If my husband needs a container, he can go to the pantry and pick one from the shelf. He doesn't have to worry about ever putting it back either. I love jars and jugs!
By Elaine from OK
Being a Grandma gives me the excuse to have a lot of crayons and markers around. To keep everything in storage, I use clear leftover strawberry containers. They even lock on the ends. You can also very easily stack them.
I ended up with 1 Gallon plastic salad dressing containers. They work awesome for storing sugar, flour, cornmeal, baking mix, macaroni, cereal, rolled oats, dried milk, crackers, trail mix; you name it. They have a base of about 8 inches square, they have a pretty blue screw on lid and a very convenient handle on the side. I tore off the label and made my own for the outside. If there is a recipe that is on the outside of the bag (cornbread or biscuits, etc.), I simply cut it off of the bag, stick it in a baggie, and tuck it in with the baking mix or cornmeal.
Another added benefit of these containers is that I can see at a glance what I am almost out of when I make out my grocery list. I then bring home my groceries, open the packages, and dump them into the proper container.
The only mistake I made was telling everyone in the Deli what I use them for and now the ladies are taking them home themselves. These awesome containers are being thrown away on a daily basis by any restaurant or deli that uses salad dressing. I didn't spend a dime :)
By Linny from Roundup, MT
By Vivian P.
Source: my mom did these things
By cdoss from Cincinnati, OH
You can cover many smooth containers (such as bread crumbs or nut cans) with decorative Con-Tact or wrapping paper and fill them with homemade cookies or candy for gifts. You can also use them to store food (Pringle cans hold 1 lb. spaghetti), make-up (small Pounce-type cat treat cans hold Q-tips and applicators), jewelry (Sucretes and Altoids hold small pins and earrings), grooming (bobby pins, hair clips), medicines (small tubes of ointment) cleaning items (partially-used steel wool pads) and craft supplies (beads, eyes, ribbons, small flowers), almost anything!
I plan to organize my 9 year old's clothes and keep the sweaters in there for the really cold weather. I am always looking for storage ideas since our house has no closets in it! :)
By Robyn Fed from Hampton, TN
He has a very large Lego collection and I was thinking that type of unit would be wonderful for any hobby materials. It would be good for scrapbooking, knitting, crafts, etc. It might even be used for a home office! Keep your eyes open for used units at second hand stores, or shop your own home and repurpose units you already own!
By Carol from Wyoming, PA
I am moving to a small 1 bedroom flat and need some funky ideas for storage for my craft stuff, also everything else. I hope ThriftyFun members can help me. Many thanks.
By Helen from U.K
For more storage space I also hiked up two bunk beds with PVC pipe to store things under them. I am of a short stature person and so are my kids, to create more space I used this to my advantage.
The put together bookcases sold at most hardware stores (have 5 shelves) are about 6 feet tall. Taller than me.
I placed 2 against a wall and 2 in the middle of the room facing each other -- i then laid closet maid (about 6 feet long, about 6 of them) wire shelving across these bookcases making a loft type of storage
Since there are only 4 in the family each of us use one bookcases to store our clothes/shoes (I drape sheets over the shelves to hide away the messy clothes folding my kids use) and that enables me to use the closet for more storage
I also have a counter dividing the kitchen and dining/living room. Since when I moved in the counter was only in a T shape, I placed shelving under the T on either side creating more storage.
i also store plastic storage boxes under my outside bench and in the living room as seating areas
We have moved from a big house to a smaller one and have less storage space and less space in general. We have a car port instead of a garage and live in a rainy climate so it's not easy to store much outside. Does anyone have some tips for storing items when you have a limited amount of space or some effective ways to store items outside in a rainy and cold climate? Or, are storage units worth the money? Thanks. Janet
We moved into a small house. We have too much stuff that I want to keep, and not enough room to store it in.