We’ve got a steadily growing vintage office supply collection going on here in Holly House; it’s one of our favorite things to thrift. We found this metal index organizer about a year ago for $2 and I’ve been using it to collect index notecards that I keep by my bed for ideas that come in the night.
I wasn’t really using the index cards (I prefer a composition book, it turns out), so we’ve just found something even more useful to do with the organizer: now it’s in the bathroom. Yep, that’s right. Bathroom. Jake and I love leaving functional fixedness far behind. It’s fun to use things for something other than their intended purpose.
We used this organizer to solve a problem in our master bathroom. All of the storage is directly across form the commode, which is a problem because our bathroom is very large. You can sort of see in the before picture below how far away the opposite wall is. This creates a problem (sometimes you need stuff to be in reach, you know?).
As a solution we put out our kitchen cart next to the toilet, but I still had to put out a box of feminine hygiene products monthly. Not so pretty. No one wants tampons and pads sitting about, right? Putting this organizer on the cart turned out to be the perfect solution.
Discreet, pretty, and organized. Who could ask for more? The only warning I have about putting vintage office supplies in a bathroom is to be careful of metal + water; you don’t want your vintage pretties to rust.
We don’t have this bathroom fully decorated yet, but between this and my Vintage Cheese Grater Earring Holder I think there might be a color/ texture story emerging.
How do you use vintage objects unexpectedly?