Do you have these old yogurt containers around? We have them a plenty. Uncle Dan has them by the hundred. Unfortunately, most centers won’t recycle plastic number 5. It’s like the U2 Rattle and Hum album. As a teen when I visited the used CD store in our city there was always, always, a copy there. Even after I bought one for myself and one for a girlfriend they still had copies. It’s a decent set of songs but not one anyone appreciates. Just like old yogurt containers. Here are 17 ideas for what to do with old yogurt containers.
- Store your bumper crop of tomatoes. Does this sound familiar? Get excited about growing your own vegetables when the weather gets nice, plant between 2 and 85 tomato plants, have tomatoes coming out your ears in July. Chop the tomatoes and freeze them in the containers. These are great for winter chili, shakshuka and pasta.
- Store allen wrenches you get with IKEA purchases.
- Store extra hardware from projects. I have ones labeled screws, nuts, bolts, fasteners, and light switches.
- Freeze leftovers like the chili made with garden tomatoes.
- Send leftovers with friends. Anything – liquid or not – can be transported in these.
- Use it as a disposable lunch box. When we flew to Orlando I made my own mix of cereal, nuts, and dried fruit and ate it on the way to the airport. Once we got there I threw the container away. Take that $10 airport McDonalds.
- Plant celery.
- Let your kids play with them. Keep the lids and these can become towers, drums, and anything else your kids might imagine.
- Store pantry items. Opened boxes of pasta fit really well. Make sure to label them.
- Use them as a “piggy bank”. Our daughters have to portion money into save, spend, and give categories and before we got fancier piggy banks we used old containers they decorated.
- Add them to your sandbox for making sand castles.
- Dedicate one to old game pieces. We have one that contains pieces from Candy Land, Stratego, Scrabble and other games I didn’t know we owned.
- Keep all your spare keys in one – don’t keep this one in the kitchen.
- Keep headphones in one. These headphones will get so tangled you’d think this was a magic trick but it’s worth it when someone asks “Where are the headphones?”.
- Receipts. For a while I kept every single paper receipt I was handed and put it in a container. At the end of the month I would close the container, tuck it away, and start with a fresh one. After six months I only needed one receipt and scrapped the system.
- Make your own salad to go. The key is to put in dressing first, then hard vegetables like onions and peppers, then soft vegetables like mushrooms, then your greens.
- Crayons or other office supplies like clips or rubber bands.
The beauty of this system is that you can use any container you have a lot of and the more you have the better your system will look. You’ll have consistent container sizes and when you arrange and label. The system will serve you a long time, as long as plastic number 5.
Read more about plastic number 5.