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DIY Projects to Get You Organized: Repurposing the Bookshelf

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The first step in getting organized is making sure every item in your home has a designated place and space. 

One item that has multiple purposes is the bookshelf. Before you throw away that old shelving unit, consider new ways to use it. Repurposed bookshelves and bookcase units, can add extra storage and display space to give wayward items a home. Besides using this space to display books, you could find a range of new uses like displaying beautiful containers with the ability to house remotes, blankets or other frequently used items.

We have a list of ideas to help you repurpose an old or “new to you” bookshelf:

Closet Shelves
The last place you expect a bookcase to be is in the closet. Perhaps, these ideas will change your mind. Consider using a bookshelf in the closet as shelving for hats, shoes, or accessories. Most bookcases are made for customization, so they can be rebuilt to fit your closet space.

Kitchen and Pantry Storage
Limited on Cabinet and counter space? Repurpose a bookshelf as kitchen storage. You can create new storage real estate by using these shelves to store spices and herbs in attractive glass or ceramic containers. 

Bathroom Shelf
You can repurpose a shelving unit to display decorative accents or colorful towels to add a pop of color. This is an excellent way to make bathroom towels, necessary items, and toiletries readily available.

Dining Room 
Open Storage in a dining room can serve multiple purposes giving rooms extra storage utility and style. Use the shelves to display extra dinner or glassware neatly and conveniently ready for use.

Living Room
Add a touch of creativity or coziness to your space with a repurposed bookcase or bookshelf unit. Creative items on display like statement piece sculptures or a decorative vase are sure to be an excellent conversation starter. To add even more personality to the room, consider painting the case a complementary accent color.

Ready to get started on your next repurposing project? You can find great items for inspiration on Search “bookcase” or “bookshelf” on CTBids, and take the first step toward your newly repurposed multiuse storage unit.


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