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Okay, I know what to do with things when reorganizing my home. Throw out what you don't need, etc. The problem I have though is how to organize what I have left for "free". Sure, Martha Stewart says buy these cute bins or buy this closet organizer and whatever else. While I'd love to use her ideas, I don't have Martha Stewart's money. It may as well be Monopoly money.
So my question is, what are some ways to organize your home, using common household items. When I say 'common household items' I mean common. For example, I see a lot of suggestions on clothes pins. Who has clothes pins anymore? Not many. Another example are gift wrap tubes. That's great for later, but right now I don't have gift wrap tubes sitting around the house because when I reorganized, I got rid of what I didn't need. Shoe boxes are another issue. That's great for later, but right now they are either already being used or they don't exist. See the problem here?
So! Any suggestion on things that are common and how you retask them? The first thing that pops into my mind are drinking glasses and coffee cups that don't get much use. They make great pencil holders. Those are things people have.
Hopefully you have some suggestions for me. I'm visiting my mother right now, who suffers from rheumatoid arthritis, and am trying to make her life easier.
Thanks in advance for any advice!
By MagnoliaSouth from Mobile, AL
The cardboard boxes that sit under cases of water are great for "in" boxes, especially covered with fabric or paper. If you get cookies or cakes in plastic/clear containers, they can be used either upside down (cakes have more room when turned upside down) for food, crafts, etc. At the Dollar Tree, you can get magnetic clips and keep things on the fridge.
You can ask 4 shoe boxes at your local Pay Less shoe store; they always seem to have them. Other sturdy boxes can be gleaned from liquor stores. Check out threadbanger.com for their home section for organizing ideas with recycled materials. I also suggest getting thrift shop baskets/boxes for storage. Flat shallow baskets can almost function like drawers.
We buy coffeemate at Sam's Club in big plastic containers with screw on tops. I use them for many different things. I leave my clothespins in them outside and they stay nice and dry. I also use them for charcoal and wood chips for the grill. I store top soil in them instead of the plastic bags that rip. Also nails, etc. so that they don't rust. They have man uses for smaller items. Very handy.
I love using my silver and silverplate items to store things in. Recently I picked up a casserole dish at the local Goodwill. It was oblong shaped with an attractive cover, and was darkly tarnished, but polished up beautifully. I put my daily cosmetics in it, and with the cover, it makes the counter in the bathroom neat and sparkly. Likewise, I store Whiteout and other small office items on my desk in a silver sugar bowl that sits on a silver tray. I use an old charger plate on the bedstand so the water bottle doesn't leave a mark on the nightstand.