Perfectly Practical #68 - It's Not Just a Shoebox Part II

Last week I gave you some examples of how a shoebox is not just a box for shoes.  This week, I would like to give you a few ideas on how to use the stuff that comes in the shoebox and no, I don't mean your shoes.


1. Presents
You always need extra tissue down in the bottom of a gift bag so why not use the free tissue paper that comes in your shoebox?
2. Purses & Hats
In order for purses and hats to keep their shape, it is advisable to stuff them and tissue paper is the best thing with which to stuff them.
3.  Wrinkle Deterrent
When you are packing, if you put tissue paper between the folds of your clothes, they will have less wrinkles.  It's the friction of moving the luggage around that causes wrinkles in your otherwise wrinkle-free clothing.  The paper won't take wrinkles out of clothes, it just helps keep wrinkles from getting into clothes.

Cardboard Divider

1. Gift Tags
Cut the cardboard into nice sized gift tags and use it instead of buying expensive tags from the store.
2. Divider
Those mail & card holders I was talking about last week really need a divider to indicate where the "to be sent" and "reserve" correspondence are located.
Let a kiddo in your life decorate some bookmarks for you or others (sounds like a great Grandparents' Day gift to me.)
4. Labels
Cut the divider into shapes and use them as labels on your storage boxes.

Silica Packets

1. Silica Packets
Yes, I use them as they are intended. Did you know you could buy these? Why would I purchase something that I get all the time for free? The purpose of the silica is to absorb moisture. I throw them EVERYWHERE; Engineer's gym bag, the closet floor where we have our shoes, the pantry, in drawers, all over the house really - I am like the silica fairy sprinkling the little packets everywhere I go. If you live in a humid area, this is especially useful for you.

There you have it folks, a few perfectly practical ideas for that understated extremely useful little shoebox in your life.

This is part of We Are That Family's Works for Me Wednesday.


  1. I never thought to keep the silica packets.

  2. Those little packets are wonderful for wherever moisture collects. Glad you learned something new. :) Thanks for stopping by Ms. Ticia!


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