Yogurt containers are one of my favorites. We loooove yogurt containers in our house. They have so many uses! This spring my husband saved all our yogurt containers for a month and planted his garden seedlings in them. We also use the bigger ones to hold paint and brushes when we paint rooms in our house. But this is their most common use, freezer storage of soup:
Which leads me to another way to use old containers: toy storage! My daughter has about 1,000 tiny parts and things to keep track of. Here I've used an old dishwasher detergent bucket and Costco taco seasoning container to hold her "stuff."
This is my kid's play kitchen. I've used shoe boxes to organize their play food so it isn't spilling out everywhere. Shoe boxes fit this space perfectly and are easy for them to access for play and clean up.
And I also used an old shoe box to keep our important papers that need shredded in. It's not pretty, but it keeps them from collecting in a stack that can get knocked over:
You can also re-use containers in the kitchen. We use old spaghetti containers for things like sauces, leftover soups, homemade peanut butter, and in this picture I've used one for some of my husband's mouthwatering homemade salsa. We also use old baby food containers all the time. When I'm not re-using them for homemade baby food, I like to throw my daughter's snacks into one instead of a ziploc baggie. They're small and easy to toss in my purse for when we're out and about.
I've found that old baby puff containers make for handy storage of our bulk chocolate chips. All I have to do when I need some is pour a few out at a time!
I hope some of these inspired you too! You don't always need expensive Tupperware for food storage, or fancy bins if you're looking to organize your house. Sometimes you just need something to throw stuff in, and hey, a shoebox can work great!