Inspiration is everywhere. As we were cracking eggs for Sunday omelets this past weekend, dropping empty shells back into the styrofoam case they came in, we realized what a spectatular marvel of engineering the egg crate is. It's the perfect design for keeping office knicknacks — like paper clips, rubber bands and push pins — together and apart at the same time, all within easy reach.
You can get the job done (and make creative re-use of "trash"), by repurposing a cardboard or styrofoam egg crate from the supermarket. Or, for a little style extra credit, try on one of these retail versions molded from more grown-up, permanent materials:
Eggflat Felt Crate
, $25/$45 from actualsf.com
Farmer's Egg Crate
, $14 at anthropologie.com
, $6.95 from Crate and Barrel (in stores only)
(Images: 1. See Jane Work, 2. Remodelaholic, 3. Actual, 4. Anthropologie, 5. Crate and Barrel)