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This idea is SO simple that I’m almost ashamed to share it. But, then again, maybe someone as equally unimaginative as I will benefit from it. So, here goes . . .
We have two small dogs. Dog food is normally more economical to buy in larger bags. Those bags tend to last quite a long time at our house. They are stored on our back porch/mudroom. In the past, we’ve filled small containers with food to keep near their bowls for ease of feeding.
A few months ago, I went looking for real dog food storage containers. But, the cheapskate in me couldn’t justify the pricetag. So, I opted for cheaper storage containers.
They’re actually really nice containers, and I think I paid about $4 a piece for them. But, they are not really convenient for dog food. As you can see, you lift a flap on each side in order to take off the lid. I normally just lift one side, but it’s still awkward. I had them sitting on a tray table (not all that sturdy). And every time I feed the dogs, I think, “there has to be a better way!”
For some reason, Brian normally cringes when I say things like “I have an idea” or “Hey, I was thinking . . . ” Anyway, I was talking to him and I just decided to flat out say, “Next time we are shopping, I’m looking for better dog food containers. I want larger ones that open up. You know, kinda like the cat litter containers.”
DUH! Please tell me this happens to you too! I was left wondering why it took me so long to think of this. Of course, I was feeling rather stupid.
See, we have a cat too. And Ashley always buys the large containers of litter. We use them for other things – like storing Ian’s Legos, etc. Why hadn’t I thought to use them for dog food?!
The Finished Result
I took the containers outside yesterday, squirted some dish soap inside, and gave them a good scrubbing. I’ve seen ideas on Pinterest of people painting these containers for storage purposes, but wasn’t sure I wanted to paint them to put dog FOOD into. I mean, I wouldn’t want MY food stored in a painted container.
So, for now, I just wrote the boys’ names on top. I’m wondering how well Mod Podge works on plastic? Because now my mind is churning with ways to make these bins look cute! I mean, the containers say “cat” on them. And, while Frodo and Gabe can’t read, I can! And the perfectionist in me is rather bothered by it.
If I decide to fancy them up, I’ll be sure to let you know! In the meantime, I’m pretty happy with my quick recycling project!
And, if you’re wondering, YES, my dogs eat two different brands/kinds of dog food. Gabe has a more sensitive tummy and needs a pricier type of food.