Seven More Uses for the Clear Shoebox

Seven More Uses for the Clear Shoebox

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Nancy Mitchell
Oct 12, 2014

Earlier this year, we shared this one minute tip, from professional organizer Jeni Aron, about five things you can do with a clear shoebox. These little guys, easily had from The Container Store or Target or anywhere else, are surprisingly versatile. After we posted the video, you all weighed in with even more ideas for what to do with these hardworking boxes. We've rounded up the best ones here.

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Earlier this year, we shared this one minute tip, from professional organizer Jeni Aron, about five things you can do with a clear shoebox. These little guys, easily had from The Container Store or Target or anywhere else, are surprisingly versatile. After we posted the video, you all weighed in with even more ideas for what to do with these hardworking boxes. We've rounded up the best ones here.

Why not use a shoebox...

1. As a greenhouse for starting seeds.

Confounded: I use an upsidedown one as a mini greenhouse to start seeds. I planted my seeds in a ice cube tray, set it on the shoe box lid, watered, then put the box on top. Set in a sunny window and you're done.

2. To protect delicate sweaters.

Dulcibella: The larger, 'men's' sized shoeboxes from Container Store are perfect for storing my cashmere sweaters. They're easy to see, easy to get at, the lids keep the moths out, and they are cheaper and a better size than 'sweater boxes'.

3. To make things easier to find in deep drawers.

ProfKD: They make great deep drawer organizers! If you can find them at discount stores, all the better.

4. For kids' toys.

csc76: They are especially helpful with small item craft room/ kitchen/ bathroom/ garage storage, as well as in my son's room for small toys (As a kid, I always hated digging in the bottom of the toy box to find small stuff, so we don't have a very big toy box.)

5. For craft supplies.

Gillianne: Yup, these are great for sewing and craft supplies, and that's what half of mine house.

6. To keep important documents together.

Aunt Che Che: We have one designated as our Box of Important Things: checkbooks, gift cards, stamps, passports, marriage and birth certificates, etc. Great to have this small pile of seldom used but very important items together in one easy-to-find place.

7. For separating clean and dirty towels in the kitchen.

gmtruman: I have two of those, with the lid off one of them, side by side in my kitchen, for side towels. Clean towels in the lidded, dirty in the open. At the end of the day, I take the dirty ones upstairs and throw them in the washer.

Tell us: what else do you use clear shoeboxes for?

• The Star: Jeni Aron is the Clutter Cowgirl, a Professional Organizer working in the NYC area since 2003. The goal with each client is to create solutions that work specifically for their needs which lead to a more productive and calm way of life. Challenging transitions like moving to a new space, welcoming a baby, and combining households with a partner are just some of the situations where clients have used Jeni's organizing services. She has been described as "non-judgmental" and "focused," and many clients have even admitted to having fun during their organizing sessions! Change isn't just good... it's great.

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