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Reorganize and Repurpose

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So, Pinterest has inspired me to want to organize my linen closet (well, many things but the closet was at the front of my mind the last couple days). It has also given me so much interest in repurposing everything I see. If you are on Pinterest you know how inspiring and addicting it can be.

Today I decided I would tackle the closet which seemed to be vomiting towels and sheets every time you opened it. I also decided I wanted to get it done quickly and between other duties (such as house work, cooking, and caring for kids – my own and those I get paid to care for).
I totally slacked at taking a before picture but you can ask my husband, it was bad.
I started with the crate from some Clementines. we have saved many of these as we were sure we could reuse them somehow.


I took an old fleece blanket that no one used and cut some to fit the box. I hot glued it all around the edges then finished it off with the stitched edge of the blanket (just to make it look a bit nicer, though I didn’t cut it neatly or anything).

I then put some jelly jars inside full of cotton balls and Q-tips. We had a small organizer thing under the sink and I put that inside with small bottles of shampoo, shower gel, mouthwash and lotion. Those are a lot of contact cases in the back of the box. They often come in my box of saline and my teenage daughter has actually had friends forget theirs.

Next I took an empty oatmeal canister, removed the paper and then cut it in half. I left the lid on the top side to give it a bottom.

I then took the legs of an old pair of jeans and cut them off to fit the canisters. I hot glued the bottom edge and the inside.

And finally, here is the finished product. This reveal would be far more dramatic if I had remembered the before picture. But trust me, this is awesome and my husband and 15-year-old were very excited.

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Author: leangreenmommy

Hi, I'm Sonia! I'm the mom of 4 wonderful daughters and wife to one amazing man, trying to live a healthier life, care for the earth and just survive the day. When I'm not cooking up new recipes in the kitchen or shuttling kids to soccer, volleyball and lacrosse I run an in-home daycare and am a freelance writer.

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