While looking through our kitchen cabinets for something, I noticed all of the bento boxes and tiffins collected over the years. I definitely use them as intended, for picnics and lunches. But the remainder of the time they're sitting in a cabinet feeling sad and underappreciated. At some point later that day I put 1 and 1 together and realized that many of my small storage needs could be met with these little containers.
A tiered bento or tiffin works great for the following:
- Craft supply storage. Put different materials, especially small pieces like stamps and stickers, in each container. Stack them together and you've got a portable arts and crafts station.
- Small toy storage. Tiffins are great for storing small sets of Playmobil and Legos that can get lost easily. You can label the container with the contents. This is great not just for storage at home but great for playdates and meals out.
- Grooming accessories. Store baby's nail clippers, tweezers, cotton swabs and balls, bandaids, thermometer, etc. into separate containers. Items can be kept separate and clean and in one central location for easy access.
Image: Janie Lee (taken of TableTop)