In addition to use of this FREE item for organizing and quick access to your hats, scarves, and gloves, here are five more storage uses for those FREE cardboard wine crates available for the asking at your local grocery store.
(Thanks Trader Joe’s.)
And again... thanks Mom for the great idea!
Estimated Time to Complete
Once you’ve sorted items, less than 15 minutes. (Time also dependent on number items you’re sorting.)
Level of Difficulty
You need an ample space for organizing and sorting.
Cardboard wine cases with dividers available for the asking for FREE at you local grocery store. Number of cases needed depends on number of items. (Typically, 12-16 spaces per case.)
Now let's take a look at those 5 more uses for FREE cardboard wine crates.
Small Dog Clothes, Toys, & Accessories
Given the size of the divided spaces, I recommend this more for small dog clothing, leashes, and accessories like leases, harnesses, Kongs, and small stuffed animals.
For clothes, simply roll item and and slide in space created by cardboard (formally bottle) divider with defining part of item visible as shown in the image for quick access.
Note: Allow 2 spaces for bulkier items like doggie jackets and larger toys.
Baby Clothes & Accessories
For those of you with newborns and babies, this free and temporary storage fix is a great option. After all, babies don’t stay small forever.
Similar to the dog clothes, roll onesies, sleepers, and receiving blankets and place in the space within the dividers. Small stuffed toys can fit in single space.
Dividers in cardboard wine cases also create ideal sized spacers for storing baby bottles, bibs, and related supplies.
Wines cases serve as great organized storage if saving clothes for the “next” baby or “next” puppy. Ideally, have a case with a lid and/ or encase in a tall kitchen (plastic) trash bag to protect from, moisture, dust, and dirt.
Whenever I’ve moved, I used wine crates for shipping glasses, mugs, and glassware. After wrapping (each) in paper towels or cloth napkins, I secured in the padded spaces provided by the cardboard dividers. Because these spaces were originally designed for shipping wine bottles, you may be able to stack 2-3 similar glasses in one bottle space.
The sturdiness is not lost in the lightweight of the cardboard case itself. If using for moving, make sure case has its lid still attached. For basic home storage… meaning non shipping… case lid is optional (as shown in the image).
First Aid Supplies and Medicine
Many times deals for first aid supplies or basic over-the-counter meds are sold in multiple packaging or you find with buy-one-get-one-free deals.
Sections of wine cases can be used to categorically organize your inventory of these items by bandaids, antiseptic sprays and ointments, wraps for ankle and hand injuries, aspirin, and even by some prescribed medication that you keep on handy as-needed.
Check your organized first aid case before heading to the store. Make sure you're not buying items you already have…. saving you money and that unnecessary trip to the store.
Again… because these boxes are designed to protect glass bottles of liquid, they are certainly sturdy enough for candles. You can group similar pillar thinner candles or stack thicker ones similar to the one in the image. As with the glassware, provide additional cushioning with newspaper, a paper towel, or cloth napkin when necessary to prevent chipping and breakage.
For (stacking) larger candles like 3-wicks over 3 inches in diameter, allow 2 spaces.
Typically, deals and discounts for online purchases involve multipacks and large quantities. From canned goods to haircare and skincare products, wine boxes with dividers provide a space-saving organized way to store and track you inventory of these items…. saving the time of unnecessary trips to the grocery store... and of course money.
This free storage hack works best creating "hidden storage".... meaning for organization inside a closet, pantry, or a storage chest.
So give it a try. What area of your home could benefit from this type of organization? Ask for those free cardboard wine cases at your grocery store... and make sure you pick up the ones with the dividers.
And check out my FREE storage hack for quick access to hats, gloves, and scarves, candles, as well as other EZ organization and FREE Home DIY ideas.
In the meantime, get started and get going putting the fun back into functional stylish living… in under an hour!
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