The following is a guest post by Patrick Garmoe from Tiperosity.
It’s kind of a shame don’t you think, of all the stuff in your home that gets tossed, purely due to lack of finding a good home once that item’s initial purpose is complete? I’m part of a team compiling tips on what to do with all that old stuff. When I was writing a list of great people and blogs that help people eek more our of their money and stuff to share our tips with, I naturally thought of Christina and her Northern Cheapskate.
To that end, here are 22 helpful every-day tips for reusing some items you probably have lying around the house.
22 Nifty Ways to Reuse Stuff You Probably Already Own
- A wine cork doubles as an excellent cat toy.
- Drop some loose change in an empty 2-liter bottle for an instant toddler toy, as long as the cap is screwed and glued on tight.
- Two-liter soda bottles also work well as bird feeders, if of course, your son or daughter hasn’t graced you with one from a school or scouts.
- Gently wrap electrical cords around toilet paper tubes, then stick the ends into the tube to tame cord clutter.
- Large plastic milk or kitty litter jugs work wonderfully as plastic bag dispensers if you cut out a hole in the side.
- Glue felt to the bottom of old CDs to create unique coasters.
- Use cereal boxes to pack presents.
- Old cards with pictures can be used as greeting or thank you cards. Just use the picture portion to create the new card.
- Hang on to those yogurt containers for egg dying around Easter and to help make sand castles at the beach.
- Turn old purses into first-aid emergency kits to store in the house and car.
- Ice cube trays can double as trays for separating out loose change, jewelry or crafting beads.
- Use unmatched dinnerware as desk accessories. That wine glass holds pens perfectly, while a small dish is great for paper clips.
- Instead of tossing that worn children’s book that isn’t even good enough for the used book shop, consider tearing out pages of pictures and use them to decorate your child’s room.
- Save plastic take-out containers. You can reuse them to send guests home with leftovers.
- Old makeup bags can work nicely as pencil or pen kits for kids.
- Paper towel rolls work as nice sheaths to mail your kid’s artwork to relatives.
- Sew older pillows into smaller pillows for your couch.
- Allow fat drippings to congeal. Then stir it into birdseed and allow it to freeze. It makes for a nice dessert for your birds.
- Use a diaper pin as a keyring when you go to the gym. That way you can just pin your locker key to your clothes.
- Old maps of the area serve as unique wrapping paper for gifts for someone moving away.
- Use microfiber cloths on Swiffers, instead of always buying the official Swiffer cloths that are not reused.
- Ask your doctor if there is a higher-strength pill he can give you a subscription for. Then you can cut them in half, instead of going with the original lower-strength version he was going to give you.
I bet you could add another 22 just by glancing around the room you’re in right now and brainstorming ways to use the products you see. Anything you’d add to this list? I’d love to hear your comments below.
Patrick Garmoe is chief tip spreader at a new site designed for finding and sharing tips. If you would like to check out its catalog of more than 50,000 tips like the ones above for free, you can sign up for the early bird launch by visiting Tiperosity.com.