January 15, 2023

Hack: Repurposing an old CD soft case to store ratcheting tiedown straps

It is a sad fact that we bury far too much in landfills.  I fund it rather satisfying to find ways to repurpose unused items to make them useful once again and keep them out of the landfill.

Zippered soft CD Case

In my youth, I had a pretty good CD collection.  I manage to also collect quite a few soft travel cases for CDs which I used in my vehicles.  CDs seem somewhat quaint today as most everyone has switched to playing music from mobile phones and satellite radio instead of using physical CDs.  As such, we have no use for our old, zippered CD soft cases.
What does one do with all those unused soft CD cases?  Let's repurpose them!

Ratcheting tie-down straps used in the garage and pickup truck are prone to becoming a tangled mass of clutter almost immediately after they are freed from their original packaging.  While cleaning out the attic, I realized that our old unused CD soft cases where the perfect size for storing unruly tie-down straps.  All I needed to do was use a box cutter to cut the stitches that attached the CD pages to the case interior and, presto! - the perfect storage case for tie-down straps.

Repurposed soft CD case for storing ratcheting tie-down straps.

Hope this 1-minute hack has inspired you to repurpose your own CD soft cases.

Good DX and 73, NJ2X

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