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Repurpose, Reorganize and ‘Double Purpose’

No need to buy a fancy holder to keep plastic bags you plan to reuse. Repurpose an empty tissue box.

We love places like the Container Store and Bed, Bath and Beyond because they are full of gadgets and gizmos to make us think our clutter has vanished or been vanquished. Sometimes, though, we are rankled by the idea of acquiring more to feel like we have less. Rather than ignore those twinges of guilt, we try to use them to refocus our minds and think outside the box. To be more precise, we skip the shopping trip and repurpose empty boxes and other objects we already have to shutter clutter.

Please send pictures and descriptions of your favorite repurposed objects to the LadiesCyberClub[at]gmail[dot]com. Images should be in jpeg format and sent as attachments. (You’ll find instructions here on how to create jpeg formats and how to attach pictures to emails here.) In the email, tell us who came up with the idea and who took the photo, along with a brief written description of the repurposed item. If you found the picture online, include a link to the source. We will publish as many useful and unusual ideas as we can.

To get you started thinking about repurposing, here are some ideas we Here are some practical repurposing tips


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Do you have a small unused tension rod, an old broomstick, or some thick wire tucked away somewhere? Cut it to size and use it to hang spray bottles under the sink. Don’t have plastic containers on hand like the ones above? Use empty tissue boxes instead. If they are too big or too small, get out scissors and a roll of tape and reshape.


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No more room for shoes on the floor or in cubbies? AC “double purposes” a curtain rod in her closet to hang rarely-worn heels. Worried about dust on your shoes? Repurpose pairs of clean used plastic bags, open end down.


Artful Shoe Rack

In our feature image (above),  all it took was a simple curtain rod and a piece of wood to form not only a practical hanging rack for a baby’s shoes but also a charming piece of wall decoration for a child’s room. This artful shoe rack is the creation of Christine Brown, a jewelry maker who designs and sells hand-stamped personalized jewelry at her Etsy store AllMyHeartShop.


Muffin Tin Jewelry Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 7.00.32 PM

Repurpose a muffin/cupcake tin (or ice tray) for rings, earrings, and small trinkets. Cupcake tins and ice trays are also useful for sorting and storing screws, picture hangers and nails. The cupcake-tin suggestion is TwisterSifter’s idea #48.


Bulletin Board Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 7.11.41 PM

Tangles be gone. Use an old bulletin board and push pins to hang necklaces. Idea #16 in TwisterSifter’s “50 Creative Ways to Repurpose, Reuse and Upcycle Old Things.”



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