I don't know how many of you out there still have babies using formula, but I have so many cans coming in and out of this house I figured it was time I start putting them to good use. For you out there that don't have formula cans, any large tub will work. I'm sure if you shop at Costco you will have some.
Explosion Preparedness - Keep a can handy stuffed with some diapers, wipes, onesies, and a complete outfit. For that time when your child leaves a mess like Hiroshima in their pants. You can leave this in the car, especially for your husband since they probably don't carry around a diaper bag. I always like having something to fall back on. (It wont fit everything in the picture, but it give you an idea)
Family Photos - These formula cans are perfect for holding CDs . You can easily decorate the can with the theme of your photos; wedding, birth, or birthdays. We have decorated a can for Lucy, which has every photo in her album (as a back up) or photos that need to be organized in the albums.
Craft Can - Since these cans have lids for them, it makes them GREAT for storage. I especially need storage for craft items. I have buttons, ribbons, rivets, and all kinds of scrap booking scraps that I have laying around. I have a can for each items that I need, especially great for holding a lot of buttons or safety pins.
Great for a Sock...NOT socks - For all the times that you have done laundry and you come away with one sock and not TWO. Well, you finally now have a place for that sock. Just keep a can in your laundry room and every time you find a lost sock, just place it in the can. By the end of the month you should have some matching socks in there from all of the lone socks roaming around your drier, like your own little sock party....it that where they get Sock Hops?
Date Nights - Curtis and I love going out on dates, but we usually don't have the kind of money we would like to spend when we go out. But, if you have a Date Night Can you sometimes can. Simple place change from around the house in your Date Can and a while from now you will have some serious change. Then, when you have enough to make a difference, use all that extra money to make a simple date. Kick it up a notch! Go wild....get an APPETIZER.....maybeeeeee I don't know....popcorn at the movies.....OHHHH the possibilities!
Snack Holder - By snacking you help keep your metabolism up and also keep yourself from being more hungry at meal times which helps you from over eating. These cans are great for helping you keep snacks in your car for you and the kids. A little hungry on the way to pick on the kids....eat a granola bar. Kids in the car running errands around town ...don't stop by McDonald's....hand them some fruit snacks. The can will keep the snacks together, unsmooshed, and dry.
Salt Holder - This is probably only good for people who live in icy areas. If you have a problem with your deck being icy or find your self slipping a lot then keep some rock salt near by. Take a can and fill it with the rock salt and keep it in your entryway for your deck. Next time you run out to get the mail just throw some salt for you and others to keep from slippin'.
Potted Plants - You wouldn't want to plant something in these cans forever, but if you are trying to grow something these could be good for protecting your little leafy friends. Fill the can half way with dirt and plant your seed. As it starts to grow it will still get the sun it needs, but on those cold or windy days just place your lid over the plant to keep it safe. As soon as it is less weak just plant it in it's new home.
Rolling Rattle - If your kid is chasing things around this one might be good for you. Fill your can with beads, bells, beans or anything that will make good sound then glue the lid on nice and tight. Decorate the outside with whatever you want and you have a great rolling rattling toy that is inexpensive, which is really great cause since your kid is playing with it, it is bound to get destroyed.
Cookie Case - Giving some cookies to a new neighbor? Saying thank you with some baked goods? Well, now you have a sturdy cute cookie holder. Simple decorate your tin with simple scrap booking paper and ribbon. Not only do you have yummy cookies, but a beautiful sealed case that would even make Martha Stewart jealous!
Toy Storage - I don't like to have all of Lucy's toys out at once. I don't want her to get over stimulated or get use to having a million toys at her disposal. On certain days I have her play with certain toys. Then by the next day she has kind of forgotten about the other ones. I continue to rotate them through out the week. Simply label every can with a certain day and store those toys in that can. This also helps to keep your house in less disarray...which is something I can always use help with! (mine don't look like this, I couldn't get a good picture)
Can Shoes - Make some good ol' fashion can shoes for your kids. Get some sturdy string and poke a whole COMPLETELY through the can and tie some string through and around the it. And voila! You have some nice Can Shoes.
Emergency Candle - Get some wax, wicks and make yourself an emergency candle with the can. I am a believer in being prepared, having food storage, 72 hour kits, and first aid in the car. These can candles are great to help heat food when needed, light, and even warmth. Simple to make and you also have room to leave a box of matches taped to the lid.
Hope you have enough cans!
P.S. the cans I use are the Kirkland brand from Costco, you get two good sized cans for $19. Coffee cans also might work