I trash-dove this morning.
Okay not really into the trash and I didn’t really “dive” – more like I snuck a plastic jug from my friend’s recycling.
After you see what I did with it, you’re going to go in search of recycling to pilfer as well.
I’ll start with the need, so you know where I’m coming from;
that is how my children store their goggles – thrown over the edge of the pool to land anywhere and everywhere.
The next time they hop into the pool we start the barrage of questions: “Mom, where are my goggles? I can’t find my goggles? Have you seen my goggles? Can you pass me my goggles?” The questions are fired back-to-back in that order EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. they get into the pool.
My friend Lisa had her recycling out all set for garbage pick-up when I spotted several of these plastic jugs:
and it got me to thinking about what I could possibly do with one – like cut it open maybe?
So that it had a handle for hanging and an opening for storage maybe?
An exacto knife cut through this like warmed butter and then I lightly sanded the edges to give you the impression that I cut perfectly straight and smooth. I then drilled a hole large enough to fit a command hook through and added a few drainage holes in the bottom.
I hope the command hook can withstand a bit of rain? It’s under the overhang of the pool, so I think it will be okay.
PERFECT goggle storage – it’s like this plastic jug was meant to be repurposed!
This plastic jug was a relatively large one, but you could do this with milk jugs or soda bottles as well – the size will determine what you can store inside it.
If I’d made two handles, instead of a handle and an opening, I could have used this for the beach to store toys or shells. You could shake off the sand in the container and/or dip everything in the lake to rinse it off and the water would just drain out.
What about tucking a couple into your cooler – without drainage holes – so that you could store sandwiches and snacks in the ice, without the food actually touching the ice and getting soggy.
I’m hoping Lisa will let me pilfer a few more of these plastic jugs so that I can hang a couple on my peg board to corral random nails and screws and to keep gardening gloves in one spot.
Use one to put umbrellas in – sort of a small umbrella stand – I won’t keep them upright, but it will keep the water from dripping all over your floors.
Store clothes pins on the line. Keep sidewalk chalk for the kids. Hang a small one on the side of your chair to hold your hot or cold beverages. Use one as a caddy for condiments. Hang by a command hook in your car for garbage.
There are so many options – what can’t you upcycle a plastic jug to do?
Thank you Lisa for my new goggle storage solution (and for not judging my creepy recycling steal).
One more storage hack, one less plastic jug wasted.
Have a great one!