Make Life Easier With Cardboard Boxes

This super item is easy to get hold of and helps you out in a ton of ways.

from Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things

Organize kids’ sporting goods
Keep a decorated empty wine or liquor carton with partitions, and with the top cut off, in your child’s room and use it for easy storage of tennis rackets, baseball bats, fishing poles, and such.

Make a play castle
Turn a large appliance cardboard box into a medieval castle. Cut off the top flaps and make battlements by cutting notches along the top. To make a notch, use a utility knife to make a cut on either side of the section you want to remove, then fold the cut section for-ward and cut along the fold. To make a drawbridge, cut a large fold-down opening on one side that is attached at the bottom. Connect the top of the drawbridge to the sidewalls with ropes on either side, punching holes for the rope and knot-ting the rope on the other side. Use duct tape to reinforce the holes. Also cut out narrow window slits in the walls. Let the kids draw stones and bricks on the walls.

Store tall garden tools
Turn three empty liquor cartons into a sectioned storage bin for your long-handled garden tools. Put a topless box on the floor with the dividers left in. Then cut the tops and bottoms off two similar boxes and stack them so the dividers match up. Use duct tape to attach the boxes to each other. Use the bin to store hoes, rakes, and other long-handled garden tools.

Protect work surfaces
Keep work surfaces from being damaged. Flatten a large box or cut a large flat piece from a box and use it to protect your counter-top, work-bench, table, or desk from ink, paint, glue, or nicks from knives and scissors. Just replace it when it becomes messed up.

Protect your fingers
Ouch! You just hammered your finger instead of the tiny nail you were trying to drive. To keep this from happening again, stick the little nail through a small piece of thin cardboard before you do your hammering. Hold the cardboard by an edge, position the nail, and pound it home. When you’re done, use your bruise-free fingers to tear away the cardboard.

Keep upholstery tacks straight
Reupholstering a chair or sofa? Here’s a neat way to get a row of upholstery tacks perfectly straight and evenly spaced. Mark the spacing along the edge of a light weight cardboard strip and press the tacks into it. After driving all of the tacks most of the way in, tug on the strip to pull the edge free before driving in the rest of the way.

Make a drip pan
Prevent an oil leak from soiling your garage floor or driveway. Make a drip pan by placing a few sheets of corrugated cardboard in a cookie sheet and placing the pan under your car’s drip. For better absorption, sprinkle some cat litter, sawdust, or oatmeal into the pan on top of the cardboard. Replace with fresh cardboard as needed.