Thursday, November 12, 2009

Tested Tip for Thursday

When you hear the word "recycle," what comes to mind?

I typically think of plastic or glass being melted down to make something else. Maybe I've seen to many "How It's Made" shows...

But you can also recycle things in your own house...as in, find a new "job" for something. I've started saving empty spaghetti jars, peanut butter jars, mayonnaise jars - anything with a good lid and a decent seal when its closed up.

They've come in handy in the kitchen, however, you could use them anywhere.

I do some of my grocery shopping at Winco in the bulk section. Things are cheaper when you don't have to pay a company to package stuff into smaller portions. However, when I do this, I come home with a bunch of stuff in plastic bags (like produce plastic bags.) They have made my pantry rather disheveled looking. Enter the empty peanut butter jar!! Now I dump the split peas/lentils/cous cous, etc. into the empty jars. I can see what is in there and how much I have, and I don't have to go digging through plastic bags anymore. As you can see in this picture, I have lentils, pinto beans, mini chocolate chips, split peas, cous cous and small shell pasta - all neatly contained in recycled jars!

What else can you put in the jars? Here are a few ideas for you:
In the garage ~ nails, bolts, washers, etc.
In the bathroom ~ (for girls) rubber bands, hair clips, bobby pins
In the kids rooms ~ Lego's, marbles, toys with multiple little pieces

Now go wash out those empty jars!! See how you can use them in your own house!!

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