I have so many containers and jugs that I don’t know what to do with them. Milk jugs, powdered juice containers, those zipper bags curtains come in, water bottles, etc. We have 7 coffee containers on top of the fridge. I’m more inclined to toss them out while my guy is a clutter hound, collecting these containers with reckless abandon. When I DO manage to throw out a jug, it’s miraculously back in the sink within a few hours. When I asked him what he planned on doing with all these containers, he didn’t just tell me, he showed me.
Those little containers (the plastic ones) that have powered lemonade or Kool-aid mixes in them? He puts bullets in them for his .22. The zipper bags my curtains came in? Full of nails and screws, each bag containing a separate type of screw or nail, and another bag for drill bits and odds and ends that to me go nowhere and do nothing, but I know better than to say that out loud. The water bottles he fills with water and freezes in the freezer to keep his lunch cold and give him an icepack for his odd bump and bruise at work. And the milk jugs? Well, I put those to good use, using them to store change. Milk jugs are great for storing change in because once the money is in there it’s tough to get out, leading a person to not be digging in their change jar so much. Who knew there were so many uses for all these containers I keep trying to toss out?
I asked him why we store all the coffee containers, then. The answer was simple. They make perfect travel containers for soups and are perfect for storing leftover tomato juice or soup stocks, and can be frozen. He uses them to store kitty litter in the back of my car (as the containers have a wide mouth, and with the handles will be easy pouring for me when I am bound to get stuck this winter) so I’m all set in the digging out my car department. He uses the coffee containers to store kitty litter in the garage as well to quickly soak up any leaks or vehicle spills. He uses the coffee containers to seed the yard with, too by poking holes in the lid and shaking the container full of those seeds all over the yard evenly.
While I’m not completely sold on keeping EVERY container we have (he even washes the jam jars for reuse, for reasons I do not know), many of the containers we have have moved on to bigger and better purposes in our household. I’ve utilized a few of them, and still try to toss many of them out (I mean, how many milk jugs does a household need?) but I will admit that having a juice container does come in handy for putting q-tips in. Not that I’d ever do that or anything. I’m just saying.