The heavy vinyl bags that sheets, comforters, and other linens come in can double as a rather sturdy storage bag. Over at Parent Hacks, they found them to be quite handy for kids' toys.
I bought new sheets the other day, and I really didn't want to throw away that sturdy square plastic bag with the zipper that they came in but it couldn't be recycled. Then I realised it was a great storage bag for the playroom — it can hold lots of small pieces like Lego or Lincoln Logs, my kids can open it themselves, and you can stack another bag on top of it.
In one of those strange cosmic-organisation-moments that so many of readers at Lifehacker often comment about—the "Oh my god, Lifehacker, I was just thinking about that!" moments— I just purchased a bunch of new linens this weekend and was eye balling the bags they came in thinking that they looked awfully similar to the bags many of my daughter's toys are already stored in. If you have other great re-use hacks to share, sound off in the comments below to help your fellow readers! Photo by Warren Noronha.