What a Way to Recycle!

Jeanne Johnson Ortego
by Jeanne Johnson Ortego
5 Materials
2 Hours
I was desperately in need of some storage solutions, but couldn't find anything to suit my needs in the stores (that I was willing to pay for, anyway), so I started looking around my house to see what I had on hand that I could use. I am sick of trying to get a drill or other hand tool and having to dig through tangled electrical cords, often having to move one to get to another. Also, I hate leaving my bottled water in its plastic wrap in the fridge, but also hate when my bottles fall over if I leave them loose. This is what I came up with:
Raw Materials for storage; i.e. Recyclables
I gathered the materials that I wanted to use, then went to work.
Checking the size needed.
I marked where the duct tape reached on the roll, then cut about 1/4" smaller so that tape could be turned in on edges. Then I cut the paper towel roll to fit the tape.
Next, I rolled the tape around the cardboard, cut it and taped the ends over the edges. One storage solution done!
Tired of the mess!
Using a wire lid holder that I had on hand, I grouped my corded drills and staple guns and glue gun and used the wrapped paper towel rolls to gather up the cords. The I placed them in the slots for the lids.
So much neater and easier to use!
Now to tackle the mess in my refrigerator! I measured the boxes to make sure that they would hold the bottles securely, even if they weren't full. Then I took some decorative floral sticky backed paper and cut it to the size of the inside of the boxes. I lined them with the paper strictly for the look, and then placed them in the fridge to hold up the water bottles. I ended up using three separate boxes because they can hold differing amounts of bottles securely.
Once I had the boxes lined, I filled them with water bottles. I love it, because now I can rearrange the bottles and space as needed, rather than having a huge case of water taking up all the premium space in my fridge. Best of all, these ended up not costing me anything extra, because I recycled the materials! Don't worry, I recycle the bottles, too!
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  • Linda Orwick Reed Linda Orwick Reed on Jan 06, 2018
    Great idea. Looks nice. I read that the air should move freely in the frig, so wondering if the boxes would constrict that? Boxes and tight fighting is good for the freezer though. Maybe as you can afford (or find sales) wire containers, replace the boxes with them in frig. Again, great idea.

  • Jan Drayton Jan Drayton on Jan 08, 2019

    I wonder if the cardboard in the refrigerator would still absorb moisture even with the covering? fun idea.

  • Regina Sue Hite Regina Sue Hite on Feb 02, 2019

    Can this be used on counter tops?

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  • Ferrari.1111 Ferrari.1111 on Dec 28, 2019

    Love it! Making this but so that the water bottles can be placed on their sides and when they're pulled out, the pile of bottles will just drop down lower and lower, like boxed soda cans.

  • Brenda Brenda on Aug 27, 2022

    I have done this for storage on my bookshelves