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14 Ways Baby Wipes Containers Can Effortlessly Organize Your Life

They can store way more things than you'd ever think!

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Organize your stuff

Don’t toss those empty wipes containers. These sturdy plastic boxes are incredibly useful for storing all sorts of items. And the rectangular ones are stackable to boot! Give the containers a good washing and let them dry thoroughly, then fill them with everything from sewing supplies, recipe cards, coupons, and craft and office supplies to old floppy disks, small tools, photos, receipts, and bills. Label the contents with a marker on masking tape, and you’re set!

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Make a first-aid kit

Every home needs a first-aid kit. But you don’t have to buy a ready-made one. Gather up your own choice of essentials (such as bandages, sterile gauze rolls and pads, adhesive tape, scissors, and triple-antibiotic ointment) and use a rectangular baby wipes container to hold it all. Before you add your supplies, give the container a good washing (and rub the inside with alcohol on a cotton ball after it dries).

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Use as a decorative yarn or twine dispenser

A clean cylindrical wipes container makes a perfect dispenser for a roll of yarn or twine. Simply remove the container’s cover, insert the roll, and thread it through the slot in the lid, then reattach the cover. Paint or paper over the container to give it a more decorative look.

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Store plastic shopping bags

Do you save plastic shopping bags for lining the small wastebaskets (or perhaps for pooper-scooper duty)? If so bring order to the puffed-up chaos they create by storing the bags in cleaned, rectangular wipes containers. Each container can hold 40 to 50 bags once you squeeze the air out of them. You can also use an empty 250-count tissue box (the kind with a perforated cutout dispenser) in a similar manner.

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Make a piggy bank

Well, maybe not a “piggy” bank, per se, but a bank nonetheless, and one that gives you a convenient place to dump your pocket change. Take a clean rectangular container and use a knife to cut a slot-be sure to make it wide enough to easily accommodate a quarter-on the lid. If you’re making the bank for a child, you can either decorate it or let her put her own personal “stamp” on it. Check out these amazing ways you can use your spare pennies.

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Hold workshop towels or rags

A used baby wipes container can be a welcome addition in the workshop for storing rags and paper towels and to keep a steady supply on hand as needed. You can easily keep a full roll of detached paper towels or six or seven good-sized rags in each container.

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On-the-go shower caddy

When planning a trip, whether it’s only an hour drive away or a flight to a different state, our check list always consists of the essentials: shampoos, conditioners, body washes, etc. All of your shower stuff can really get in the way, especially if you are sharing your bathroom space with other people. Use a baby wipes container as an on-the-go shower caddy. If you drill or punch holes in the bottom it will allow the container to drain before putting it away. This will help you stay organized and prevent a mess. Here’s why you can shower less often than you thought.

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Emergency puke bucket

I know that sounds unpleasant, but life happens, and it’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to getting sick. If you’re traveling in the car with little ones or anyone (including yourself) experiences motion sickness, keep an empty baby wipes container for the chance that someone may throw up. Keep them handy in your car if the emergency ever presents itself. You’ll thank yourself later when you don’t have to clean up a vomit-covered car. Prevent nausea withe these motion sickness home remedies.

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Toy bin

Children have wonderful imaginations, but sometimes in the midst of their fun and games toys tend to be misplaced, especially the smaller ones. To help your child stay organized, use an empty baby wipes container to store all those tiny and miscellaneous toy items.

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Miniature greenhouse

If you love gardening then a baby wipes container may be the next best thing for when you are starting seedlings. Fill the cleaned container about halfway with soil, lightly cover the seeds, and give them a good misting and you’ll be set! This is great to use during any time of the year, especially if you are trying to extend the growing season in the late winter or early spring.

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Breastfeeding milk

Frozen breast milk can be a pain. Sometimes it’s hard to store it if you have a really crowded freezer. Sometimes you’re having a hard time finding a container to keep it flat in. And sometimes you just don’t simply want your breast milk out in the open. Whatever the case may be, use a baby wipes container to store bags of milk inside. You can organize them by the date and time written on the bag and it will help keep them flat and neat. You have to check out these other awesome parent hacks too.

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Pet food

Our beloved furry family members get hungry on the go, too. When traveling in the car with your pet, use a clean container to store their food in. It’ll make traveling a lot easier because you’ll have the food ready to go.

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Easter baskets

Nothing says “from the heart” quite like something homemade. A cheap and easy way to create Easter baskets is by making them yourself with, you guessed it, baby wipe containers. Simply clean the container and decorate it however you want, for example as a bunny or cover with flowers. Your kids or whomever else you want to give treats to during the holiday will appreciate your creativity.

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Lunch box

Who says that to be trendy or cute you have to buy the latest at a store? When it comes to lunch boxes, whether it’s for your kids or yourself, a baby wipe container is a creative way to store meals. Decorating ideas can range from stickers to spray paint and it’s much more fun than buying a lunch box at your local supermarket or department store.

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