Before you throw out those old cardboard boxes — even into the recycling bin — consider how they might be useful. Sure, they can be bulky to store, but they can also store your stuff. And besides, you can always fold them down and tuck them behind a shelf in the garage. Here are 9 different ways to use them that just might make your life easier.
1. Fill & Give
Before you trash those boxes, take the opportunity to de-junk, even just enough to fill one large box. When it’s full, donate it to charity.
2. Art Palettes
Do you or your kids like to get your Bob Ross on? Take that extra cardboard and make an easy palette. They’ll love using it to explore their inner artist.
3. Make a Bird House
Look how cute! With a little spare cardboard, you can give the birdies a luxurious place to call home.
4. Help Your Kids Sleep In
When my kids were little, I would help them sleep in by taking a flattened cardboard box and sliding it up between their bedroom window and the blinds to block the light. Way cheaper than light-blocking curtains.
5. If You Like it, Put a Drink on it
All you need is a cardboard circle and some funky duct tape to make a really cute coaster.
6. Keep the Cat Happy
Cats love to squeeze into small spaces. Make your feline friend a cheap and easy tent with a cardboard box and an old t-shirt.
Here’s another fun one for the kids. There are lots of ways to repurpose those boxes into a playhouse.
8. Save Your Wood Floors
Before you move that couch or buffet, protect your scratch-prone flooring with pieces of cardboard. Sure, you can by those furniture sliders, but why spend the money when cardboard works just as well?
9. Keep Christmas Lights Neat
Every year, we tend to pull out strand after strand of tangled Christmas lights. No more! Not when you have spare cardboard. Simply wrap your lights around a piece when you store them away, and you’ll never see those knots again.