5.16.2013

Plastic Tray Do-Overs

I love to recycle and re-purpose items because it makes me feel like I'm being a good steward of the world's stuff.   There certainly is a lot of stuff on the planet and the longer we can use a material thing, the better.  I'm a Pinterest fan mainly because there are hundreds of ideas there on how to fashion something new out of something old. 

As I was doing dishes the other night, I realized the plastic relish tray I was about to toss might work as a junk draw organizer.  (The more I re-purpose things, the faster I'm becoming at seeing the treasure in the trash.)  This was the original veggie tray.


I washed it and trimmed off the flat bottom lid.  By trimming off another half inch from the edge of the tray's rim, I found it fit beautifully into my kitchen junk drawer.



The paperclips are in the broccoli square, the rubber bands are in the carrots square, the pens are in the celery/dip rectangle, etc.


Is this cool, or what?

Veggie trays come in different sizes, so you can measure the space you need to fill and buy accordingly.  Here is a larger version and a four-square cutie. A large one or several little ones could create total bliss in a desk drawer.



Eat your veggies AND organize a drawer.   You colon and your paperclips will thank you.


A sandwich cookie tray is useful as well....

The problem is you have to eat the cookies first.   


 Here at the Ballpark, we do what we have to do.

Off topic....some of you know I'm a contributor to the Mommy Mormon Writer's Blog.   I'm not Mormon, but they like me anyway.  If you'd like to read my May post at MMW, here's the link:     HURRY UP AND WAIT.

I write about the scatterbrainiest month I've had in a long time.  I swear, God likes to mess with me.  


 

19 comments:

Mari said...

You are brilliant - great idea!

Jen Forbes said...

My goodness you're smart and neat too!

Rita said...

Love your recycling idea! :)

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

That is a great idea! Junk drawers are hard to keep organized but we all need one!

Dawn M. Hamsher said...

Great idea. I used little cardboard snack boxes for my junk drawer. I think the plastic would hold up longer though.

I visited you over at Mommy Mormon site.

Paula said...

That is SO clever. I will have to get some veggies to eat so I can re purpose the tray

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Aren't you clever? That's a super idea.

I did something similar with a couple fairly sturdy boxes (which originally held scented drawer liner) from Bed, Bath, and Beyond. Each is partitioned into three long sections, and those boxes work beautifully for organizing kitchen utensils.

Stacey Lozano said...

Love it!

Michael Ann said...

That is awesome!

Elizabeth said...

I love your clever idea. I am a huge recycler because I know the Lord wants us to take care of the earth he created for us.
But I am curious. In this high-tech age, what do use Wite Out for?

Jo-Anne Meadows said...

What a bloody great idea.......

Dawn M. Hamsher said...

Mare, I took photos of my drawers (LOL) and cabinets and will post tomorrow first thing so you can see them (organized with boxes). Stop by then.

The Write Soil

Laura said...

Love it! Organized, thrifty and eco-friendly...good job!

Jenelle Leanne said...

That is a truly fabulous idea!

Cindy Dwyer said...

"Your colon and your paperclips will thank you." Love it!

Now I'm craving some veggies....

Maryann said...

This is a fantastic idea, perhaps it will spur me into "purging" my junk drawer so that this will work for me

SweetMarie said...

You're so creative! I just love this idea! :)

Marianne said...

Nice idea! I wouldn't know what to do with myself if I could actually find things!

And congrats on the Mommy Mormon Writer post! I'm finding Mormons can be very funny despite not drinking liquor or coffee. They even tolerate my swearing. I'm counting on them to get me past St. Peter. Or is it St. Joseph? D'oh!

Jennifer - The Deliberate Mom said...

Fabulous idea Mare!

I love inventive ideas such as this and reusing items is so exciting to me!

Thanks!