One morning Wendell walked into the kitchen wearing Connie's silk robe and pulled a box of Captain Cavity Sugar Flakes from a plastic grocery bag. At the same time, Connie was making fluffy pancakes and couldn't seem to locate her syrup pitcher. A typical Tuesday brunch at the lab! As we all sat down around the reclaimed Texaco sign that serves as our conference room table we found ourselves in a heated discussion regarding trash. This was triggered by Wendell throwing the thick, plastic bag which held his too-sweet cereal treat on the floor and the coordinating box which once contained the dentist dream into the trash. We all yelled in unison, "There must be another use for that!" (meanwhile, Connie with her one good eye was still fumbling around trying to locate her pitcher). Here are the ideas we jotted down on our napkins (because we reuse EVERYTHING).
To solve Connie's problem:
-Find yourself a small decorative, attractive teapot! A charming syrup pitcher! Look at yard sales, thrift shops, or your cupboard!
To solve Wendel's problem (it'll take even more than our team's help to solve HIS problems but we digress):
The Cereal Box
- A drawer organizer. Slice off the tops and bottoms and fill them with odds and ends. You can even use the small boxes for paper clips, staples, etc. Kathleen recommends reinforcing the corners with tape for a longer life!
-A cupcake carrier. Reseal your empty box of cereal and lay it flat. Next, cut the now top off of the box creating a tray. Slip, the cut portion inside the tray to reinforce the bottom. Now you can send you child to school with cupcakes for the bake sale without needing to fret about your expensive platters.
-Photo mailing. Use scraps of the box to mail photos or documents without fear of them getting bent out of shape. Cut any box into useful sizes for that matter!
- Shims. Cut the box into small squares or rectangles of the same size. Secure them with a rubber band. Next time you run across a off kilter table or chair you will have the perfect solution.
The Cereal Liner
The liners are thick and water repellent therefore excellent to pack your hoagie in. Take the liner and remove any cereal dust. Next cut into sheets and wrap your sprout wrap tightly!
You can also use the bag to smash stale bread into bread crumbs. The liner is thick enough to take the abuse.
The Plastic Grocery Bag
Wrap your knees in plastic bags to prevent soiling your jeans while gardening.
Throw a plastic bag inside your purse or man-bag. Next time it rains you will have a place to stash your wet umbrella!
You can of course wrap up a paint brush when taking a break. The bag will keep the paint moist and ready to get back to work!