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6 reasons to save your old shoeboxes

Old shoeboxes save the day!

Japanese decluttering guru Marie Kondo swears by shoeboxes. They’re durable, a practical size and look neat. Plus they’re free – post-shoe purchase, of course! Read on to find out the six ways you can make your old shoeboxes your new best friend. 

1. Use them for storing socks and tights

Stand the boxes up and put in your rolled socks. Put them in your bedroom drawers to keep things neat and tidy. This will also make them easily accessible and keep you from picking up the same pair each time. 

2. Store bottles of shampoo, conditioner and other hair products in the box

Place a piece of plastic at the bottom of the box, place the bottles inside and store in your bathroom cupboard.

3. In the kitchen…

Use them to store cleaning products, big bags and pegs, as well as cake pans, pie plates and other less-frequently used items on upper shelves. Categorise the boxes by what you put inside for easy identification. 

Related: 5 home-cleaning mistakes

4. Use lids like trays

Store spices and messy cooking oils, and store ladles and large utensils in drawers. This will stop the items from rolling around noisily, and act as dividers so you can use your space more efficiently, Kondo explains. Replace the lids occasionally before they get too messy. 

5. Use them as stationery boxes

Get your kids to decorate the outside of the boxes and then fill them with all their pens, pencils and crayons to use for their arts and crafts. 

6. Use them as gift boxes

Instead of buying expensive gift bags for your friends and family, just cover them with pretty wrapping paper and add a personal touch to make it even more special. 

Related: Great gift ideas for the person who has everything

PHOTO: iStock/olgysha2008


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