Thursday, March 21, 2013

March Natural Living Blog Carnival, Spring Cleaning: Re-Purposing

Welcome to the March 2013 Natural Living Blog Carnival: Naturally Spring Cleaning. This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Natural Living Blog Carnival hosted by Happy Mothering and The Pistachio Project through the Green Moms Network. This month our carnival participants have written posts about how they keep their homes clean - naturally.

Spring is upon us and if you're compulsive (like me), this time of year represents among many things cleaning 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 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 have a tendency to hoard around here, so we have alot of material to work with!  I was organizing my closet the other night and came across two small vertical bins that were housing my sewing goodies (scraps of fabric, notions, random supplies).  Since I really 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!  Over the past few months, my stash has grown significantly so I've needed more room for a while.  I also wanted to be able 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:
  1. Night-time diapering 
  2. Prefolds
  3. Rumparooz
  4. Bumgenius
  5. Kawaii
  6. Miscellaneous
I took a pair of sewing scissors and off to work I went, using re-purposed scrapbookng paper to create a fun little label that would fit on with the "bunting flag" theme I have going on in my nursery.  I cut 
Cute and organized mini drawers!
my little flags and 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, by keeping the diapers organized and divided I have been able to work on the laundry a bit 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 the fact that my time is so stretched nowadays that if I have to rely on my own memory things will certainly 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 into a free organizational tool!  The best part is that now I actually have more drawer space for the baby's clothes and blankets, which were hanging out on top of our rocking chair for months.  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 be able to turn into fabulous new organizational tools!
More room in my drawers for baby clothes and blankets!
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  1. I am cleaning challenged too. I love having a clean house, but hate cleaning it, LOL. Thanks for sharing your project - very cute!

  2. Oh my goodness! My first is due in May and I have been scouring Pinterest for ideas on how to organize my cloth diaper stash. Thank you so much for this idea!!! I know the labeling would totally help my husband out, this is brilliant!!! Thank you, thank you for that idea!!!

    - Jess
    Sparkles and Crafts

  3. I'm with you. I love when things are clean and organized, but I just hate doing it. Super job on your project!

  4. Thanks, I love the idea of re-purposing old items. Craft projects certainly beats cleaning.

  5. Love that you included re-purposing into spring cleaning. It truly is another aspect to cleaning!