Most women expect to have as many children as they’d like. We don’t expect to have any issues getting pregnant, carrying the baby, or birthing them. It’s very hard to hear that there is an issue with any of those three things. It was very difficult to hear my doctor advise me not to have anymore children. Chi-Chi was only a few weeks old and Nugget was 1. I wasn’t thinking about getting pregnant immediately with my next child at that time, but I wasn’t ready to hear that my option to have more children was gone. The trauma of Chi-Chi’s birth compiled with my pre-existing blood disorder was too much for my body to handle again. My family and friends were telling me to be grateful for my two children and not to give the news any thought. I knew they meant well, but I was grieving. Grieving for a child I would never have.
It was a long LONG time before I overcame the grief. Perhaps speaking more about my feelings would have helped me move forward much quicker. The unexpected removal of my choice to have more children still pains me at times. The thoughts recently resurfaced when I found my kids’ two little moses baskets in the closet. I had completely forgotten that they were there. Sure, I could have chucked them in the trash or donated them immediately. Instead, I chose to repurpose the moses baskets! They’re my reminder to cherish the days with my kiddos and I get to keep them longer now that they have a new use!
Repurposed Moses Basket Ideas
It’s hard to believe that my tiny babies spent time in these baskets. Transforming a moses basket into a magazine holder is a great way to switch up the purpose of the basket without changing it’s look. A few magazines and a good cup of coffee will have you staying on the couch for hours. Well, until the family comes in wondering what you’re doing. It’s like they know when you’re finally spending some relax time and choose that time to ask a bunch of questions or make requests. Meanwhile, you can see more of my spring living room here.
Last week I shared my maximalist style entryway and used a moses basket on the entryway table shelf. Repurpose the moses basket into a boho inspired storage container by adding a potted plant and a few design books. You can also use the basket as a mail sorting basket, newspaper holder, a basket for kid’s shoes, or to organize seasonal clothing items like gloves in your entryway.
My favorite repurpose was transforming the moses basket into a gathering basket for the garden. The long shape of the basket is perfect for resting my freshly cut garden flowers. I used my beautiful flowers to make a simple spring arrangement a few weeks ago. Add a tassel to your basket for a bit of boho style. Or, give your basket a once over with some paint to create a fresh new look.
It’s clear that with a little purpose-reassignment, you can avoid calling the junk removers and keep some of your sentimental items at home. Be sure to edit which items you are keeping. You don’t want to go overboard saving things or you may see yourself nominated for the Hoarder’s show.