Guest post by Kaui at Thrifty Military Mommy
I was taught that when you do something, you do it only one way and any other way is wrong. Likewise, if you have a product, you were only supposed to use it for what it was made for (i.e. a towel rack should only be used to hang towels and nothing else).
It wasn’t until we were dirt poor that I realized this kind of thinking was obsolete: we simply did not have the money to be picky about what we used. Even now that we make good money and we’re debt-free I still try to use what I already have on hand to organize before I go out to buy anything since it saves so much money.
Change Your Perspective
Throw all those beliefs out the window that say you need to buy something to help you organize your things. Chances are, you already have something at home you can use that requires just a few or no adjustments.
Our bed system turned into a pantry/bookshelf
Who cares if it’s not beautiful? Far too many people buy things because they’re pretty rather than recognizing that organization makes a home prettier. I get many more comments on how well organized my home is than on the beautiful book cases I have.
You can find many websites and blogs that will show you step-by-step how to make something prettier than it is. Using this method will still save you tons of money, even if you have to buy some paint to repaint your table.
Hanging towel rack turned into an organizer in our kitchen
Same hanging towel rack turned into an organizer in our bathroom
Just about everything we have can be used for multiple purposes. All it takes is a little bit of brain storming and creativity. Check out YouTube (just type in the word “organize” and you’ll get hundreds of videos) and I’m an Organizing Junkie for many great ideas.
It really is fun to transform something you already have into something chic and beautiful. You’re organizing, beautifying and saving all in one! Nothing is better than that!
Kaui Eiklor currently lives in Fort Lewis, WA with her husband and two beautiful kiddos. She stays at home with the kids and enjoys blogging on her website at Thrifty Military Mommy about military life, children, and thriftiness.