Declutter Vases & Flower Pots {15 Minute Mission}

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Today's decluttering mission is to declutter vases and flower pots.

This seems like the perfect mission for spring, since flowers are finally starting to bloom!

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We often accumulate those cheaper vases you get from the flower shop when a bouquet is delivered on holidays and special occasions such as Mother's Day, birthdays, anniversaries, or just because.

If you only have a few vases, and you use them consistently, this isn't really the mission for you, since I'm not saying to get rid of all of them!

But for many of us those cheaper vases that I mentioned above begin to accumulate over time. You need to be realistic and know that there are just so many vases you can use at one time, so having a whole lot of them isn't worth the space they take up.

Decide how many you will keep, keeping in mind both the space available and how often you really will use these vases, and how many you could practically use at once.

The prime suspects to declutter are inexpensive ones, ones you don't like, or any above the number you've chosen as being a reasonable amount to keep.

Below I've provided some inspirational pictures from readers who've done this mission, including a few ideas for where to donate these vases, if you're stumped, and also a few alternate uses for them around your home beside for holding flowers.

Top photo courtesy of julie

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Clearing Out My Cabinets Makes Things Easier To Find

Before and after photos from decluttering kitchen cabinet holding vases, as well as coffee and tea {featured on Home Storage Solutions 101}

A reader, Fiona, sent in the photo above showing off the before and after of the kitchen cabinet where she held vases, along with several other types of items.

She said, "I did the tea/ coffee shelf and the one above which has jugs and small vases. Now that my eldest daughter has started drinking tea and coffee we need more space. It's not easy to see much difference from the before and after pics but believe me getting rid of stuff from the back of the top shelf has made it all much better."

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Ideas For Places To Donate Vases Or Ways To Repurpose Them

If you've found yourself with too many vases to actually realistically use regularly, you've got a couple alternatives, the main two being donation or repurposing. Here's ideas below for what you can do with your excess vases.

Possible Places To Donate Vases

As with most decluttering projects, one of the easiest ways to get rid of your clutter is to donate it, hopefully to someone who will appreciate it and be able to use it.

As always, you can donate vases to thrift stores who can then give them to those in need, or resell them.

But there are other more creative places to donate as well, and I know it can feel good to give something to someone that can really appreciate it.

Think about what places get a lot of flowers delivered, but perhaps not with vases. The two that come to my mind include hospitals and nursing homes. When someone gets a bouquet without a vase having some extras on hand can be helpful.

Always check first though before dropping off any donations to such places to make sure they can actually accept and will appreciate them.

Another creative idea mentioned by several readers who've already done this mission is to just give some of these vases back to your local florist. It cuts their cost, and is the ultimate in reusing since obviously floral shops do often deliver their orders in vases.

I'd love to hear even more ideas from you below, in the comments, about places to donate these objects.

Ideas For Repurposing Vases Around Your Home

Obviously vases are designed to hold flowers, which are typically long and thin. That means you can often use vases in your home for storing or organizing other objects that have basically the same shape.

Repurpose an old vase to use as a utensil crock {featured on Home Storage Solutions 101}
Most of these ideas work better with smaller vases, because the taller the vase the less likely you can find objects long enough to actually fit without just being engulfed.

But that being said, often people will use a pretty vase as a utensil crock to hold frequently used cooking utensils close to the stove. In fact, that's exactly what a reader, Rolonda did when she did this mission, and she sent in this photo to the right. She said, "And here's the vase I'm using to hold my cooking utensils. I can't wait to declutter my cabinets and drawers next!"

Similarly, you could use a vase to hold your makeup brushes in the bathroom or on your vanity, or in your home office to hold some pencils and pens.

I'd love to hear more ideas from you below, in the comments, for ways to repurpose and reuse vases so they don't go to waste. After all, you may not get flowers too too often, but if you really love a vase you might discover a way to have it out on display basically all the time so you get to enjoy it more!

Are You Ready To Declutter Your Home?

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I hope this mission has inspired you to remove excess clutter from your home.

When you begin to declutter the feeling you get is contagious, so if you're loving the results you're getting I would encourage you to keep going.

I've got a whole series of 15 minute decluttering missions (eventually 365 of them!) that you can do.

Just pick and choose the ones you want to do, that will make a big impact in your home. But if you want someone else to tell you the order you can also grab the 15 minute daily decluttering mission calendars and follow along as we all get our homes clutter free together!

Photo courtesy of abbybatchelder

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Flower Pen
by: Gale

Saw this in a restaurant and copied it: attach a pen to an artificial flower with floral tape and put in a bud vase. Keep one on your table, desk, counter, etc. So pretty and useful.

Feeling clumsy :(
by: Suzie

You and I must have been on the same wavelength Taylor. The difference being that you have suggested a de-clutter of vases while I on the other hand have had a clumsy couple of weeks and broken two glass vases, a mug and two cups!!

High School Ag class
by: Anonymous

Those that are lucky enough to have an agriculture teacher in their high school can contact the school to see if one of the classes is horticulture. Our teacher has the class do some floral design and many students bring them to their parents. Donating extra vases helps the teacher stretch the budget.

Recycle Vases
by: Anonymous

For the vases that come with bouquets from the florist, I just put them through the dishwasher and drop them off at the florist. They can use them again.

by: Kathy

Every so often the florist in our town puts out a sign that if you bring in a vase you get a free bouquet of flowers. That makes it worth the stop to recycle vases.

Bird feeder
by: AH

My son likes to build things and has recently been turned on to bird feeders. While searching the web for easy bird feeders, there are several plans that use glass/ceramics (teacups, bottles, mason jars). A vase could easily be adapted into some of these plans.

Make someone's day
by: Evelyn

Since I grow so many flowers in my yard, I make a bouquet and give it away in the extra vases. Make someone's day!

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