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New Uses for Common Household Items
We have officially moved and are settling into our new house. We had only walked through our new house four times before the time we closed on it. There were surprises when we moved in, but none of them were bad. During our unpacking process, I ended up with some extra house hold items that were not being used:
- Over the door shoe rack
- Silverware drawer organizer
I didn’t want to waste them and I wasn’t sure I was ready to donate them either.
I set them aside at first and later found two alternate uses for these everyday household items.
New Uses for Silverware Drawer Organizer and Shoe Rack
- Our shoe rack became a spice rack
- Our silverware drawer organizer became a battery organizer
New Use for a Shoe Rack: Spice RackClick thumbnail to view full-size
Make Your Pantry Larger Using a Shoe Rack
Over the Door Shoe Rack is a Spice Rack
During the moving process, we purged items that were no longer being used, including shoes. I finally answered the question, “When was the last time I wore these?” and a giant pile of donated shoes resulted. Also, my old house had an average amount of closet space and the new house has a little more. As a result, I have a perfect condition over the counter shoe rack with no use.
In the back of my mind I had seen a shoe rack used as a spice rack. I knew this was how I planned to use it as well.
I always buy the large containers of spices. In addition to a long shelf life, these large containers can also take up much shelf space. Instead of dedicating a shelf to spices, I implemented the over the door spice rack idea.
I found one issue because I did not use a see-through shoe rack.
Which spice was which?
I solved this easily by making small name tags and velcroed them to the front of each shoe space. This way I knew where garlic salt was and didn’t reach for the oregano and I could move the labels later if necessary.
I also realized that I had multiple oatmeal boxes with only a bag or two of oatmeal left. The oatmeal pouches easily fit in one shoe pouch. Spice packets for tacos or Asian stir fry also easily fit in a pouch instead of being lost on a pantry shelf.
I was amazed at the amount of shelf spaces I saved.
Use your Silverware Drawer Organizer to Hold BatteriesClick thumbnail to view full-size
Silverware Drawer Organizers
Silverware Drawer Organizer is a Battery Organizer
Another common household item with no use in my new house was my silverware drawer organizer. The new kitchen had three areas with built in silverware organizers, so mine was not needed. I decided to find another use for this item as well.
In the process of reorganizing one of my three miscellaneous drawers, I realized, we have an absurd amount of batteries. I had found an amazing deal on batteries using a rebate, but was left with about 50 batteries in open boxes. I decided to let my silverware organizer become a battery organizer.
Our new house has a laundry room with cabinets and I found that I was going to have more room for my miscellaneous drawers to be organized. Perhaps they would end up not being so miscellaneous!
The AA and AAA batteries fit perfectly. I was able to find space for the D and the 9 volts as well. The area at the front of the drawer could hold a flashlight and a few odd sized batteries (that I am not even sure what they go to!)
Reuse Household Items
Everyday another box is emptied and the house becomes a bit more organized. I am pleased with the two new uses for my shoe rack and my silverware drawer organizer. I am glad that I set them aside and waited for an alternate use for these common objects to emerge.
Do you have any interesting uses for a shoe rack or silverware drawer organizer? I would love to hear your ideas as well!