We really enjoy playing board games, whether it is Becki and me, or the whole family. Our games were stored in a closet in Ruth’s room. Yesterday Becki said, “Why don’t you put the games in that closet?”
When she said “that closet”, she meant the one in the dining room that doesn’t really have a good purpose. It is a small closet with lots of shelves. Some of those shelves had a purpose: hold trashbags, places for extra medicine, and the like. But most were full of stuff that didn’t belong there: tools that I was too lazy to carry to the basement, half finished projects, old electronics that should have been thrown away, and random things that the kids stuck there.
So as I watched a football game between 2 teams that I don’t like, I cleaned out the shelves. While it was not a fun task, now I can open the closet door and see neatly stacked games instead of the messy piles of items that did not belong in the closet.
Some benefits of re-purposing the closet:
- By sorting the medicines and placing them in their correct locations,
- I found and threw out expired medicines (some hydrocortizone cream that expired in 2012).
- I was able to combine some things, like 8 mostly empty boxes of Band-aids.
- I found many things that did not need to be kept anymore (when in doubt, throw it out).
- We can now get out a game when the kids are in bed without waking them.
- I am now forced to carry my tools downstairs and put them away the right way.
- I feel a sense of peace and calm when I see a nicely organized closet.
Take a look around your home and think about what you can re-purpose. Sometimes rearranging the storage spaces in our homes can help us to evaluate all of the items we have in storage.
If you are wondering what happened to the medicine that was not expired, now they all fit (with room to spare) in the organizer on the inside of the door.
I hope this post inspires you to reorganize, rearrange, or re-purpose some spaces in your home.
Comment and let us know what you were able to do, and how it has helped.
P.S. What do you think of the selection of games?