The New Year is upon us, and if you’re compulsive (like me), this time of year represents, among many things cleaning and organizing time. I hate cleaning. There is a constant tug of war in my home because I am terrible at it. But I love it when things are clean and organized. Quite a conundrum.
I’ve hinted at the possibility of a full-time maid. But there were no takers. So, for now, it’s just me and my hap-hazard-yet-want-to-be-clean ways. Sigh. One thing I am good at, though, is re-purposing.
We tend to hoard around here, so we have a lot of material to work with! I was organizing my closet the other night and came across two small vertical bins housing my sewing goodies (scraps of fabric, notions, random supplies). Since I have not touched the sewing machine since the baby was born, I decided to re-purpose the bins into (you guessed it) cloth diaper storage!
My stash has grown significantly over the past few months, so I’ve needed more room for a while. I also wanted to categorize my diapers into brands and types so they would be easier for my husband to figure them out, like which ones to use on the baby at night and which ones to put on him before we go out. I had six drawers to work with, and these were the categories I decided to divide my diapers into:
- Night-time diapering
I took a pair of sewing scissors, and off to work I went, using re-purposed scrapbooking paper to create a fun little label that would fit with the “bunting flag” theme I have going on in my nursery. I cut my little flags, wrote all of the categories down, stuck them on the drawers, and voila! An instant update for my messy cloth diaper drawer.
The best part is that by keeping the diapers organized and divided, I have been able to work on the laundry better because I can see when my night-time diapers need to be replenished (washed), so I am constantly on top of what needs to be done. This system is very visual, which is just what I need, given that my time is so stretched nowadays that if I have to rely on my memory, things will undoubtedly slip through the cracks!
This system has been working wonderfully for our family. I was able to take something that was literally collecting dust in my closet and turn it into a free organizational tool! The best part is that now I have more drawer space for the grandbaby’s clothes and blankets, hanging out on top of our rocking chair for months. A new purpose!
Re-purposing is a great way to save money and find new and exciting uses for items that may not be getting much love. Even a few days after having this system, I couldn’t imagine doing cloth diapering the “old” way. I am so excited to look for more things around the house that I may turn into fabulous new organizational tools!