Since I moved to college as a freshman I’ve lived in four different cities and in twelve different homes (6 college rooms, 1 place in grad school, 1 apartment during my summer internship, mom & dad’s for a few summers, 1 place as an RD at Baylor, and 2 places since moving to Anderson). I’ve grown up a lot and so have my tastes. Few things have made all the moves with me one of which is my trusty Sterilite plastic 3 drawer
chest organizer thing.
This simple and inexpensive peace of “furniture” has helped organize my office, bathroom, crafts, etc. Each move it takes on a different purpose, sometimes multiple ones. It’s not fancy but it sure is useful.
Since I moved into my house I’ve been slowly developing a sense of purpose, flow and function in each space. While I wanted to put everything in the right space the first time, I’ve learned that isn’t realistic. This weekend I had a moment of clarity about several spaces in my house and got to work organizing and cleaning.
One of these things involved another use for my faithful old storage container. I cleaned out the craft supplies and used it to organize my linen closet. But first, I gave it a bit of a face lift. I used some scrapbook paper to add labels and color to the face of the drawers. It was a really easy and simple craft project. I picked out the paper and measured it by putting it in a drawer and cutting around the edges. I took a couple of other scrap pieces of paper and cut them to label size. Then I used rubber stamps to create the corresponding labels.
It was an easy craft project that makes this old piece a bit more “adult” and personalized. It cost me about an hour and not a single penny. Not to mention it looks much nicer than being able to see the contents through the drawers.
One of my favorite things about organizing is finding a new way to dress up and reuse old things. Have you re-purposed anything recently?