purposefully repurposed:: savvy organizing

As someone who does redesign for clients, I am very big on using what you already have in your home.  There are so many functions one item can have, just look at it for the possibilities and not just what it was intended for.  The best ideas are those that are creative, clever, and at no or low cost.  I move furniture, pull things from attics, and use forgotten and under-appreciated items that have been tucked away.  It’s great fun to hear and see the positive reactions-and add life to once loved items.


You do not have to be crafty or even like DIY projects to repurpose an item. It can be as simple as using a small dresser for organizing art, craft, or wrapping supplies, or set up as a family communication center or mail station in an entry way.  An old shutter found at a yard sale is an instant magazine rack, a clear bowl can hold soap for the guest bath or buttons for a sewing station, small tupperware fits as drawer organizers, and plastic baby wipe containers have endless possibilities. Be creative, open your mind, and use what you have.


Take a look at these creative solutions, some crafty, some using easy-to-find items, and some using common household items. What do you love? Does this spark an idea for your home?


This magazine rack was made by My rePurposed Life; however, take the idea and modify it with your yard sale find.



Clever game containers by Jazzie and Tahlia.



I had to add in a transformation for those of you that like DIY projects. Use some paint, new hardware, and paper or stencil for a complete furniture makeover.  This is a great example from Little Green Notebook of how to make a hutch feel current.



Simply change the function of a furniture piece to meet a greater need in your home. Turning a hutch into an family organization area, or needed book shelves is a great solution.  This before and after armoire on the blog Armelle is stunning (check out her etsy shop too). If you don’t want to do the work to update an item, just use it for a new purpose.



You may have seen the recent weekly product pick for the many uses of pegboards…a great item for many purposes. Have you used pegboard?



…and how about using these easy to find sweater hangers for craft paper, construction paper, fabric, linens…or clothes!



It just takes a bit of thought and creativity. Check out more inspiration of how you can purposefully repurpose on the Simply Savvy Pinterest board.


What clever uses have you created for your home? Leave a comment and share a link. I love sharing back!


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  1. great features! Love the game organization! :) Thanks for including my magazine rack!

    have a great week Julie!

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