Once upon a time in another decade called the ’90s a little girl got a gift called a Caboodle. This could only mean one thing: Her mom was going to let her wear make-up. Her face lit up at the possibilities, and she went to work on filling that Caboodle to the brim with lip gloss, eye shadow, and mascara. She also threw in some hair ties and hair products to boot. That girl was me. If you need a visual, watch Jennifer Garner in one of my favorite movies, 13 Going On 30.
Oh, if this Caboodle could talk. It got me through boyfriend breakups, high school band competitions, four proms, college dorm room living, and even my wedding day.
According to their website, Caboodles were created after seeing Vanna White, hostess of the popular game show, Wheel of Fortune, carrying her beauty supplies around in a tackle box. This just could not be. Thus a cute, hip, and fashionable storage container was born.
Fast forward to 2017, and I am proud (and perhaps astonished but never embarrassed!) that my Caboodle has held up and continues to be used to store things today, although not my Dr. Pepper Lip Smacker and bright blue eye shadow (what was I thinking?). Nope.
Now that I have children and am a stay-at-home mom who is never at home, I have found five other uses for my Caboodle.
To be honest, this is what I use my Caboodle for 95% of the time. It is a lifesaver when traveling. I am able to stuff it full of OTCs, prescriptions, and bandages. When I went away to college, my mom stuffed it up as a First Aid Kit, complete with gauze and medical tape.
I’ve tried sturdy buckets and cute little cloth baskets, labeled with each of my children’s names, but when it comes down to it, they all had the same problem: Stuff would eventually fall out. The items were not enclosed. A Caboodle is perfect for packing art supplies, snacks, and books for road trips.
Our two foster littles are obsessed with Shopkins. To be honest, my own daughter was never into them, so I had no idea how much they would take over our home. Everywhere I look there’s a Shopkin. A Caboodle provides a quick fix for those miniature rubber whatevers or even other little toys or figures.
Arts and Crafts
Does your home ever start to look like a crayon factory? Like Crayola just set up shop right in the middle of your dining room? A Caboodle is the perfect place to store crayons, markers, and other art supplies like glue, paint, and stamps.
We have a puzzle and game closet in our basement that has gotten a little out of control. Our family loves board games and piecing together puzzles, so we have quite a few. A Caboodle can serve as a great storage container for random timers, dice, or game pieces as well as card games, which tend to get thrown all over the place or lost.