I try and reuse containers that food or other household items came in as much as possible. One of the types of containers I have found several good uses for is a large plastic rectangle ice cream container, the 1 gallon and 1 pint size, with a handle. The great thing about these containers is they clean up easily and the lids fit on securely, if you want to use the lid. They also stack nicely. The handle is another bonus.
I have been using this type of container to keep my compost stored under my kitchen sink for several years now. It is great to have a container with a lid for this purpose. Each day I take the bin filled with fruit and veggie scraps and coffee grounds out to my big compost bin behind the shed out in our backyard. The handle makes it easy to carry.
I have also used this type of ice cream bin to store and somewhat organize my beading supplies. The idea for using this container for this purpose came to me last summer when I was going out of town. I decided I wanted to take my beading supplies so my niece and I could make some bracelets while I was visiting her. This container was perfect for travelling. It did not take up too much space in the car and the lid held everything in there securely without spilling. I had already bought some of those little bead organizers with small compartments and those containers fit right inside this larger ice cream bin with my beading mats on the top.
Another idea for using these containers is to hold old rags under the sink, or scrub brushes. I use one under the bathroom sink to hold some rags and old toothbrushes I use for cleaning.
I have also bought ice cream in the round plastic containers and use some of those as well for soaking small laundry items or in the past for my kids bath toys when they were young. There are lots of possibilities with these large 1 gallon ice cream containers. Let me know what you come up with by leaving a reply.