I took a stroll through IKEA the other day, just looking for inspiration and ideas for organizing. I love their home organizing department. But I also love using items intended for other purposes to organize my stuff.
Case in point: I have an extensive collection of pens and markers. My excuse is that I like to color, but the truth is that my coloring markers are upstairs and I still have a hefty supply in my office. I had been storing them in mason jar, along with a bamboo-and-cloth desktop organizer I’d picked up somewhere along the way. It was working fine.
But then, on my stroll through IKEA, I came across GODIS drinking glasses. The shorter, eight-ounce ones seemed perfect for pens. (I pulled a Sharpie out of my purse to check.) So I bought six of them for only $2.99. (That’s the IKEA Family price.) As soon as I got home, I put to them use housing markers and pens. Here’s a photo of how the pens used to be stored and how they look now.
I love that they’re tapered a little so the pens sort of fan out. I like that they’re nearly invisible so all I see are the lovely markers. It feels like a big improvement.
This is a great example of the joy of repurposing an item to help with organizing. Do you have favorite things you like to use for organizing that weren’t originally intended that purpose?