Thinking Outside the (soap) Box

5 Weird Ways to Use a Plastic Soap Holder

Do you remember picking up a Soap Box on your way to summer camp? These little guys take me back! Somehow good memories are associated with this little plastic container….weird huh?

Well I don’t need them for camp anymore, but I still have a few in my house! You know what’s so great about them! Number one, they are CHEAP!  And they happen to be a great size for small items around the house!

So here are 5 ways that I’ve used these handy things to get organized!


  1. Storing playing cards and other game pieces


Why are games and card packs stored in cardboard cases?? They just don’t hold up well to our well-loved and favorite games! So when the game box gives out, grab yourself one of these guys! They are great for holding dice, game pieces, and even a pack of cards!


  1. Office Supplies- binder clips, rubber bands


In the office, supplies can be separated and used over a long period of time…. Sometimes that little box for the paperclips doesn’t last. Or maybe the packaging was so well put together, you had to rip it open and well, now you need another storing solution!


  1. Craft Storage- buttons, clothespins

I’m a crafter! Buttons, pins, and other small items tend to come in a plastic casing…no Bueno! I need something that can corral all of my pieces so the cat can’t get to them! Enter the soap holder!


  1. Packing jewelry

When I’m packing for a trip or even for one of our moves, my bulkier pieces won’t fit into my beloved pill organizers so I need a bigger option. These guys are the perfect size to pack a couple necklaces and keep them safe in my suitcase.


  1. Storing flash drives

I’m sure I’m not the only one with MANY flash drives! Some I use regularly, some store all of the pictures from our wedding as a backup, and so I have quite a few! I need to wrangle these tricky guys so I always know they’re safe! A soap holder is the PERFECT size to contain my precious memories. I just pop them in there and toss it into my safe, for safe keeping! Haha, get it???


There are SO many other ways to use these things, but those are my top 5! What other ways have you used these for storage/organization?




Melissa Rogers, Professional Organizer

With over a decade of experience in both teaching and management, it has been essential that I perfect my organizing skill set! The management of my classroom, and even my programs that I managed, depended solely on the systems I created and my ability to TEACH those systems to others. Since the beginning, I have always LOVED to put things in order! As a kid I would pull all of my mom’s shoes out of the bottom of her closet and line them up or pull all of the towels out of the kitchen drawer and refold them to match. I found it extremely satisfying when everything was in order. Bringing order to spaces is one of my greatest joys!
  1. Karen says:

    I have lots of these so thanks for the tips. I would rather put them to use than have them end up in a landfill. I often use them to tidy all those little loose things you always have in that one junk drawer.

  2. Lisa says:

    These are great ideas for organizing with something as simple as a soap container! We could use a case for the USBs we plug into our tv to watch movies:)

  3. Katchutravels (@Katchutravels) says:

    These are useful tips. I usually dont keep memory cards in a box. Since I am mobile and keep travelling a lot, I put this in a smaller box that could house ear plugs and keep that in a water proof packet inside the inner zip of my bag. But such smaller casings help in having clear compartments of items.

  4. Cristine says:

    Funny my son uses a soap box holder for his Invisalign at school – he can always find it in his backpack.
    We always look st the function not the stated purpose of the item

  5. sonali jain says:

    This is an awesome idea to use soap box in a different way. 🙂

  6. Echoesofhervoice says:

    These are simple yet wonderful ideas. Will give it a try. Thanks for sharing!


    I love going to the dollar store and getting some of these bins, they are so helpful to keep things organized.

  8. Starlett A Henderson says:

    So much better than a ziploc for some things.

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