I'm sure all you moms out there have already thought of this - but I'm gonna put it out there anyway. We are going through baby food like m&m's. Well, maybe not quite that bad, but seriously - it's out of control. And I feel so wasteful throwing away the containers, plastic and glass alike. So I've been saving the ones that aren't stained orange from sweet potatoes waiting for my lightbulb moment.
At some point last week, I was searching for snaps or buttons or both in the blue container I'd just been dumping them in. Which used to be a functional way to keep them all in the same place, until that container also began to hold elastic, grommets, safety pins, and all other random things that happened to be lying around when I cleaned up from sewing.
Now - I've got dozens of the glass baby food jars, but recently the plastic two pack Gerber foods were on sale, so I had accumulated dozens of those too and thought it would be easier to only have to unpop the top then to screw off a lid - plus, they stack a lot easier.
So - I found some scrapbook paper, cut tiny rectangles out, wrote with a sharpie on the top - and now I have individual storage bins for all my random sewing notions. Ridiculously easy and makes my life so much easier to boot. Just one of the many uses for these things - wonder what I'll need the six on the window sill for...hmmm...