Archive for November, 2011

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We’re putting what where?

November 7, 2011

Have you ever used something for a completely different use than intended?  This picture was taken on a day we were organizing during a warmer time in the south.  The plasticware was definitely a different yet effective way to keep my hair off my neck.

Thinking outside the box greatly contributes to finding organizing solutions.  I always tell my clients before we begin helping them, “Do NOT purchase any products for storage or solutions.  You never know what we will find that will fulfill the purpose.”

We love taking something and using it for a new purpose.  One of my favorite solutions for a client was for her files.  Using a table as her desk space left her with no drawers for her files.  We needed a filing cabinet.  However since the office shared space with a daybed in a guest bedroom, adding a steel cabinet would not be visually appealing, and a wood one would cost more than we wanted to spend.  Enter a toy chest that the client’s grandfather built for her when she was younger.  You read that right … a toy chest.  You can see it in the bottom right corner of the above picture.

By simply setting a file frame inside of it, we were able to convert the toy chest, without any physical alteration of the chest itself, to a great storage space for the client’s files.  The finished product is shown at the right.

Another great piece to use for thinking outside the box is the armoire.  A business client was storing various items including office supplies in her office armoire.  However, using it to house office supplies just wasn’t working well for her.  The supplies and other items had become a messy pile in the bottom of the armoire.  By adding a small piece we found at a hobby store, we were able to make this armoire store office supplies and then some!

Since this client did not use her printer often, the armoire being used to hide her printer was an added bonus for her.

But what about the armoire that you’re keeping (and dusting) only because it belonged to your great uncle Roy?  Don’t give up on its usefulness just yet!

A home-organization client had a gorgeous trio of armoires that she was using to store excess bed linens and pillows.  However, an extreme amount of space was left vacant rendering it ineffective.  We added 2 sets of quick-assembly shelves purchased at Wal-Mart for $15/set.  We also used the same type of shelving intended to hold shoes, but again, for a different purpose.  These inexpensive additions provided us with the ability to break up the massive interior space in the armoires and use them to house the client’s handbags, purses, and large tote bags.  Here’s a close up of the result:

The moral of the story?  Don’t be afraid to think outside the box.  Your solutions for getting organized just might be right under your nose.  If you don’t think so, give us a call.  We’d love to help!

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