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Deco-organizing a spindle collection

There’s nothing more cost-effective than decorating with items you already own. And there’s nothing more satisfying than organizing in a creative way. Put them together and you get “deco-organizing”.

"Deco-organizing" my spindle collection
"Deco-organizing" my spindle collection

Most people collect something and I am no exception. Just one of the many things I collect are spindles. I get weak when I see a lovely or unusual or just-needs-a-home spindle, and next thing I now, I have taken in another one. I’m not terribly good at spindle spinning; I just like to look at them and occasionally handle one now and then. They are my ‘little spinning friends” as compared to my larger workhorse spinning wheels. I love them all; just in different ways.

Anyway, it occurred to me to gather my collection together in a way that both gave me more enjoyment as well as out-in-the-open daily accessibility. What I’ve come up with here is not terribly earth shattering. Anyone can do it (and probably do it even better than my humble attempts). But as I said, it’s sort of fun to be able to look around at what you already have and let it do double-duty in the home decorating arena, all for no added cost.

Recycle a florist vase for holding longer spindles
Recycle a florist vase for holding longer spindles

 

An extra coffee mug holds some of my smaller spindles
An extra coffee mug (another thing I collect!) holds some of my smaller spindles

 

A large glass jar/vase holds larger/heavier spindles
A large glass jar/vase holds larger/heavier spindles

 

A garlic basket I handmade is displayed with some of my other special spindles
A garlic basket I handmade is displayed with some of my other special spindles

OK, I admit it — actually, this no-cost decorating scheme of mine is just a barely veiled rationalization that helps alleviate my inner guilt when I buy more spindles, lol.

 

 

 

Battery Organizer and Built-in Tester

Here’s one of those household things I didn’t even realize I needed until I stumbled across it while searching for something else on Amazon last fall. This was when I was on my declutter-and-get-organized kick, and thus why this product appeared on my radar screen. It is the Range Kleen WKT4162 66-Battery Organizer with Removable Tester. Even though less than $15, I still was reluctant to put out the money if this ended up just adding to my clutter rather than really being helpful. What sold me was the built-in tester. And true to predictions, this thing has more than paid for itself many times over.

I have the battery storage compartment in the same drawer I had previously used to store extra batteries. The difference is this little storage gizmo keeps things organized, whereas my other method of trying to arrange the batteries in the drawer invariably got messed up over time. So this saves me time in re-organizing that drawer every month or so. The other big thing is $ savings, because before this, I could never efficiently keep up with which batteries were new or used but still good. I expect that I was disposing of batteries unnecessarily before this, because I have encountered many times when I tested a battery that I would have previously gotten rid of.

Battery organizer
Battery organizer with removable tester

I like that the tester instructions are right on the organizer for easy reference — no scrambling to find a user manual if I forgot how to test a particular-sized battery.

Battery tester
Battery tester

The little tester piece of this organizer is also removable, which I thought might come in handy. But so far, I have been satisfied to just use the tester as is.

I bought mine on Amazon, but I am sure there are other places you could find/search for this product or a similar one.