In my big bathroom cupboard purge fest of last week I discovered, tucked away in the back corner, an old matching soap dish and toothbrush holder.
It’s been in hiding for 5 years! We actually used them in our old house but I replaced them when we moved because these ones didn’t go with our new decor. Anyhoo I really liked them at the time and decided to hang on to them “just in case”. Now remember this was 5 years ago and over time I had completely forgotten they were there. Out of sight, out of mind as they say.
However, I think it’s safe to say that the statue of limitations on my bathroom beauties had expired. It was way past time to make a decision about their fate.
I still really liked them, that hadn’t changed, but since I hadn’t put them to use as they were intended in the past 5 years, chances were EXTREMELY good I wasn’t going to in the near future either.
A decision had to be made.
The only way it made sense for me to keep them would be to find some other way to use them. I can’t stress this enough, if you really love something, honor it, and put it to use. With a little creativity, many things can be used for something other than they were originally intended which is how my toothbrush holder became a lovely pen holder.
A simple yet practical solution. I did part with the soap dish and was okay with that. I’ve freed up storage space and am now enjoying the holder I love without feeling like I’ve cluttered my space to do it. It’s a win win.
The morale of this story…if you haven’t used something in a long time, you probably aren’t going to. Cut your losses and re-purpose the item or part ways with it but just don’t let things keep taking up valuable storage space for the “just in case” opportunity.
Don’t store it, use it!
What one thing can you re-purpose today?
Related: I also love this great idea to Make a Posey Vase from a Toothbrush Holder from Jenn at Frugal Upstate.