UPCYCLED FRUIT BASKET

UPCYCLED FRUIT BASKET

UPCYCLED FRUIT BASKETI live in the smallest house in the world! Well maybe not the world. But it is ridiculous. The bathroom is so tiny that if you sneezed on the toilet you would smack your head on the sink and give yourself a major concussion!

When you live in a shoe box small house you have to come up with some pretty ingenious ways to store things. Especially if you tend to buy too much stuff. What happens if you find something on sale and you want to stock up. I am always stocking up on toilet paper. Not that a staple like toilet paper is ever on sale at the store where I shop. But I go through ridiculous amounts of it. I must have the cleanest bum in the world!

So where do I put all that toilet paper? I stick it on the wall up by the ceiling in an old fruit basket. Sounds strange doesn’t it. But I needed to clear out some space in the cupboard that is in the bathroom so I would have a place to put other things, like my towels and washcloths.

I found an old fruit basket one day at the thrift store and knew this would be the answer to my problem.

UPCYCLED FRUIT BASKET

One of the reasons I took a shine to this particular basket was the label on it. I was raised in a town called Collingwood, Ontario which is at the foot of a ski hill called Blue Mountain. So there are fond memories that go with it. The second reason was that the basket used to hold prunes, which made me smile and thought how appropriate for toilet paper in the bathroom. 

The label was cracked, peeling and ready to fall off. I painted some white glue over it so it would adhere to the basket. Not that I even see the label when I am sitting on the toilet. But if I ever do decide to glance up and crank my neck around at an angle that would have challenged Linda Blair, I can see it!

I took off the extra wires that were on two of the sides and reused one of the wires to make a hanger on the bottom of the basket. Then I just simply screwed a screw into the wall way up by the ceiling and hung it up.

I can stuff 13 rolls of toilet paper in that basket!

UPCYCLED FRUIT BASKET

UPCYCLED FRUIT BASKET

So there you have it. One just has to think outside the box or the basket in this case.

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Welcome to my world! My name is Kat. I live in Medicine Hat. Thus the name, Kat From The Hat.

7 Comments

  1. I love it! I, too, have fond memories of Collingwood and of Thornbury. My Mom came from Thornbury and we often spent the summers in Collingwood at my Aunt Lill’s. Those were days when families were there for each other. Long summer days at the beach, after the chores were done. Lots of good food and good times were had. Thanks for the trip down memory lane and the tip for storage!

    • Hi there Anne! Glad you enjoyed the post. My mom and dad used to rent a cottage every summer for 2 weeks in Wasaga Beach and those weeks were some of my best childhood memories! I bet Blue Mountain is spectacular about now with the fall leaves all changing. Ontario is one very special province and I miss it immensely.

  2. Lol, the prunes would make me smile too if cranking my neck doesn’t do me in first. Brilliant idea Kat. We have a teeny little round house on the South Coast and I’m always hunting for creative storage ideas. This is perfect.

    • Hi there Michelle! Small houses always have challenges. If you do not have areas for storing your basics you find yourself at the store more often, which then inevitably makes you spend more money (compulsive buying). I try really hard not to spend but put me in a store and I tend to think I need everything! Thanks for stopping by!

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