I got this idea from Ines over on the Frau Heuberg blog. Total genius. Almost every time you buy drinks in Germany (from juice to water to alcohol) you also receive a crate like this. This is handy for bringing drinks home and then later returning the bottles to the recycling center at the store.
Or, if you're like me, it's handy to keep your tubes of wrapping paper organized. My husband reminded me we had paid a deposit for the crate, but we agreed it was cheaper to keep the crate then pay for some fancy container to do the same job. Since I keep my hodgepodge of (gosh, I should purge some of that) paper in the pantry, I suppose it's OK if it doesn't look all dolled up like this one.
What's your favorite re-purposing trick to organize?