My blog today is thinking outside of the box when it comes to items around your home. This is not as pretty as the solutions you see in Better Homes & Gardens but its my home for now & I am grateful to God for it. We live by a frugal budget, so I have to be creative in furnishing our home and coming up with solutions to storage problems. I own a very small cape cod style home that needs creativity for sure to fit all of our belongings in such a small space. I will show you just some of my examples below of creative storage & decor options when you want ikea but only have pennies to work with.
My house was built in 1940. I am assuming back then people did not own as many clothing items as most do in the USA today. My closet will not hold what I need it to even after purging well. I have this strong hand built wooden shelf bought for dollars at a yard sale with nothing wrong with it. I fold clothes and put them on the shelves and hide them with curtains! I have hooks on the side to hold a belt and scarf. The top is used to hold belongings in the basket and the New York item is actually a large book that is hollow to hold other items! So this shelf is a great make shift closet! Get back ikea!
This is a bar stool I am using in the bath room to hold extra towels. There is no linen closet in the bathroom to hold these items. It works well in holding extra towels and also a basket of air spray and reading materials! So it doubles as a table & towel rack!
A wine rack I got at an auction for a dollar is used for a towel holder in my bathroom. I have no linen closet to hold towels so this works great! I have no wall space so I hung it in the only possible place next to the shower which works well when climbing out of the shower with a fresh towel right there to grab!
I use my brothers old small bed side dresser to house my apron collection in my dinning room. It also doubles as a small buffet to hold a lamp and my cake display for when I make cakes. I do not have the counter space to sit my cakes so this is nice to have a place to put it! You can find how I redid this dresser and see the before & after pics at think link here.
So I have a regular cork board with tacks in it. I got the cork board on clearance for .30 cents!! You can't get more frugal that that folks!
I re did the edge of the board in pretty scrap book paper. You can find the make over here. It used to hang on my wall, now it hangs inside my tin y closet door. It helps to de-clutter my wall yet effectively store my jewelry.
This is an old dresser mirror I got at an auction for only a dollar. I spray painted it gray. I love gray because it can go with a lot of different colors. I change accents of decor colors all the time and so it flows with it. I use this mirror on my mantel. I could of spent $100 dollars for a strong mirror like this with ornate corners but instead used an old item from a dresser. A dollar is a lot cheaper than new mirrors from Pottery Barn! I love my mirror & its frugally beautiful charm!
This is probably one of the most obvious ones most use. An old jar to house pens! I liked jazzing up the jar with a paper dollie! Its holding a flower pen to make it even cuter!
I use this old buffet table and an occasional chair as a desk combination. I needed a writing desk. The buffet table did not fit well in my tiny dinning room but fits in the family room. So it doubles as my writing desk/ storage for items needed in the dinning room such as place-mats etc. It also hold mementos dear to me & books on the top.
I use typical white storage cabinets as pantries. I have absolutely
no where to put food items in my home. So these work well as a pantry. I got two and put them side by side to hold all our dry goods foods. I even jazzed them up with a spoon & fork decal. I am considering painting the front doors in chalk board paint and writing the weekly menu on it! If I do that I will for sure blog about it and show you.
As you can see, with some of my examples, I have had to take items and re-purpose them. Its actually a fun challenge thinking outside of the box and making frugal & tiny living work. What about you? Do you use items for purposes other than what they are designed for in your home? Tell me below!