Hi Everyone! I finally tackled a task I dreaded; cleaning out the closets (and the basement storage). I don’t know why I dreaded it because the sense of accomplishment was as great as this accomplishment over the 4th of July holiday. But, still, the thought of cleaning out closets, the pantry and the basement were overwhelming at best. But, like so many professional organizers suggest; break the task into manageable tasks and manage where the stuff goes (charity or trash) or to a repurposed life.
The biggest closet challenge was larger than a close; it was the unfinished space in the basement. Over the year it became the place to store seasonal decor, oversized items and the 52 pickup game we play before we entertain. Anyone else play that game? This was what my basement stash looked like at the beginning of summer.
It had become a safety hazard. My treadmill sits on the opposite end of the basement. That was my view during commercials of the early morning news.
But a late night and a Hallmark movie gave me a chance to finally tackle the ribbons, boxes, future projects and greenery. And, amongst the cluttered chaos, I gave accessories a repurposed life.
I found a discarded candle holder and just before I tossed it into the Goodwill pile I grabbed a roll of toilet paper. And, this almost tossed accessory found a repurposed life in a powder bath with no under sink storage.
I took a popular bread container that never quite fit into my kitchen and it became a storage container above a tub.
Sidenote: I don’t love baskets in bathrooms. I like to clean surfaces in bathrooms with cleaning products and a paper towel.
In full disclosure, the metal bread container ended up back in the kitchen, but it could easily be repurposed again. A few years ago I went overboard with lanterns on clearance. So it was no surprise this lantern also became a repurposed accessory.
Like the collection of baskets in my basement. I grabbed this one and tossed a few too many pillows next to the sofa! I love the look! The pillows get off the floor (anyone else has this overnight mystery)?
I shared this project using vases stashed on that storage rack. Here’s an almost tossed glass vase that now sits on the dining room table.
And, I think that’s the purpose of a storage room, closet or pantry. Sometimes these accessories need to be stored until we can give our accessories a repurposed life.