When Pete and I got married, we had no dresser for our clothes, so Pete's mom gave us this beautiful oak chest made by Pete's grandfather.
I hate to admit it, but for years we have just piled our clothes in it in a huge mound and would dig through it when we wanted to wear something. I have dreams of someday buying a beautiful "Wardrobe" like from "The Lion, Witch, and The Wardrobe" which could be a heirloom passed down to our grandchildren. And in the meantime, I don't want to buy some cheap dresser which would eventually be put in a landfill somewhere. (Did you know that "the amount of upholstered furniture we are throwing away into landfills has increased six times from the 1960 figures to those of 2008" ?"http://hollybarbo.wordpress.com/2009/06/03/landfill-furniture-part-2/
Well, I finally got sick of our clothes mound while "New Year's Cleaning" this year, and not having it in the budget to buy my dream "Wardrobe", I decided to get creative. I spent 15$ of a 25$ gift card I got for Christmas from one of my preschool kids, and I bought a 12" by 10" shelf. Then I laid it horizontally on the bottom of the chest to create dividers. To make everything fit, I rolled up Pete's T-shirts like you would a towel and put them in the dividers.
Here is the finished result:
So now while we wait to afford my dream "wardrobe", we can have some semblance of functionality!
What are your "green" or "frugal" tips?