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I have 5 broken laundry baskets, what can I do with them?

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Just the handles are cracked, but all four sides of each basket are cracked.  I was blessed with four new hip huggers baskets, so what could I do with the old ones, instead of tossing them out.

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I know someone who does crazy creative (and useful) things with all sorts of household items.

You could...keep outdoor toys in them, put one in the trunk of your car to keep items in so that they aren't rolling around, use one to keep scrap paper and news papers in, make a "Park Day" basket and leave that in the trunk of your car.

 

I'm not very creative, but those are the sorts of things I've seen my friend do with baskets. She also uses duct tape to repair stuff like the sides of the baskets and I think that she let her toddlers play in and on them. Her husband made like a car out of it. I don't know if your basket is big enough for a 2-7 yo child, but thats one thing that they did. The kids had fun and when it was destroyed, they threw it out.

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There's no shame in throwing things away. I'm going to go out on a limb and guess you'll never have occasion to think, "damn! I should've kept those broken down laundry baskets!"

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Where I live, these baskets qualify for the recycling program. 

 

In the absence of pushed-out panels, I would continue using them for laundry.  Mercy knows that we certainly have enough laundry to make that sensible!

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Melt them all down and make one *really* strong one!

 

Actually - I have to say, I have the EXACT same laundry basket, and one of my sides broke right at the handle too!  But I have to admit I really love that laundry basket so I haven't parted with it yet.  Do you remember where you got yours?  I'm such a dumb consumer that I'd actually buy another one if I could find one (even knowing five of yours broke!), but I can't recall where I purchased mine.  The replacements I have bought are all smaller and drive me nutty for other reasons.  I'm on quite the quest for the perfect laundry basket.

 

 

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Give the kids the baskets and rolls of duct tape and tell them to make boats. Then go to a pond and try to paddle in you boats. Wear life jackets!

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I have one of those with a broken handle.  It's good to know they can be recycled.  I've kept using it for years just because I feel it's a shame to throw it out when I *can* still use it.  But recycling, somehow, is less of a shame to me...

 

Uses - well, you could use them to teach your kids about design and design flaws, structural integrity, and disposable consumerism (is that what you call it when people buy things they know will break because they are cheap?).  You could have the kids re-design the baskets, make replacement handles...  I can see a 10 and 12yo really enjoying that kind of thing, but I could be way off.

 

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Screw the unbroken side into the garage wall and use them to hold kid toys

Make Lego people Halloween costumes

Use them to store apples, potatoes, etc in a cold cellar

 

That said, I tossed ours into a recycling bin.

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My last broken laundry basket went to the garage to hold old towels for washing the dogs.

 

The one before that has a home in the bottom of the coat closet holding mittens and hats in the off season.

 

I have also been know to use them in the back of my car to keep the grocery bags from rolling around.

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Do you remember where you got yours?  I'm such a dumb consumer that I'd actually buy another one if I could find one (even knowing five of yours broke!), but I can't recall where I purchased mine. 

Most likely, Wal-Mart.

 

I'm really impressed you've managed to do enough laundry to wear through 5 baskets!

 

I think the two white ones I bought when we moved in here 20 years ago.  The 3 blue ones are at least 8 years old.  When we vacationed, I would pack each kid's stuff into their own basket.  When we were at home, the older girls had a white one and a blue on in the bottom of their closets, they would sort lights and darks into each basket and every day I would hollar for either white or darks to be brought to me and then I would wash that specific basket type, fold and send it back to their rooms.  It was great system for a long time.

 

 

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