I’ve been a loyal Birchbox subscriber since 2012, and I still love using up the sample sizes of beauty products I would never think to pick up by myself… and even though I’ve been paying $10/month over the past few years, having a subscription has drastically cut down on my impulse buys at the drugstore AND I only buy products that I’ve already tested and love, so that’s how I justify the cost 🙂
BUT I’m not just singing the praises of Birchbox (I already did that in 2013 actually!) today, I just wanted to share something funny that I noticed from an Instagram pic.
See that colorful box holding a few sewing supplies? It’s probably one of my most-used organization solutions.
Ever since Birchbox stopped sending plain brown boxes and started making new (super cute) designs for each monthly box, I’ve been keeping them and now I’ve accumulated quite a collection! They come in handy for organizing all sorts of small things, and once I started hunting for boxes I found them in almost every room of the house.
It’s funny how satisfying it is to repurpose something that comes in the mail every month, plus it’s super cute storage solution! And since I get new ones regularly, I never feel bad if they get dirty or damaged since I can just replace them the following month. Somehow I never run out of reasons to need another one.
Here are a few ways I used Birchboxes around the house:
On the kitchen island, I keep a tray for stray paper and books that’s easy to move out of the way when I need to clear the island. I keep a handful of thank you cards (and stamps) in a Birchbox so I can write a quick note while I’m eating breakfast.
I keep cross stitch projects and other small craft supplies in individual boxes. For cross stitch projects especially, Birchboxes are a lot easier to corral then a bunch of ziplock bags, and the fabric, floss list/pattern, and floss bobbins are all in one place.
When I’m not working on a project I stack the boxes away, and when I’m actively stitching it’s easy to keep everything in one place no matter where I’m working on it.
In the bathroom, I keep a Birchbox by the sink so I don’t have tubes and jars scattered everywhere (plus it’s easy to move when I’m cleaning the counter).
In the narrow bathroom drawer, a box fits perfectly… and it keeps everything compartmentalized.
I use another Birchbox to organize makeup. If there’s ever dust or an explosion, it’s easy to remove the box without damaging the vanity, plus I can quickly pack all my makeup in a suitcase by putting the top back on.
In the guest room, there are quite a few Birchboxes corralling office supplies, sharpies, craft supplies, etc. … all in cute little boxes that are easy to store, stack, and find!