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.
1. From my dad, I get those Styrofoam containers his diabetes meds come in, along with the little ice blocks. These are handy in soooooo many ways, such as packing a lunch before I go somewhere, etc.
2. Donate your used egg cartons to your local food bank.
3. An old plastic bucket? Make your own “off the grid” washing machine. You can use a bucket with holes in it to drain the clean clothes.
4. Did you buy one of those nifty bottles of clothes washing detergent that meter out just the right amount ? When it gets empty, refill it with your own homemade concentrated detergent.
5. Refill empty spray bottles with homemade cleaners.
6. Rinse eggshells and blend with some water in the blender. Then pour on plants for a calcium booster or mix into potting soil. Same with coffee grounds (and the filter paper). Great for worm bins or compost, or to feed to chickens.
7. Write your grocery list on the back of an envelope you got in the mail.
8. finely Shred all your mail and use it for compost.
9. Turn over a printed sheet from your printer, and use the other side if possible.
10. Use coffee cans for planters, or use in the shop to hold bolts, paintbrushes, etc.
Christina Brown says
These are great ideas, Karen! Thanks for sharing your tips!
Patrick Garmoe says
Those are awesome tips Karen,
In a few months we intend to allow the community on Tiperosity to submit tips. I hope you swing by to share those!
Jenna Anderson says
*old kitty little buckets make great trash cans for small spaces. they also work well for shorting out smaller items or toys in.
* old fan plastic screens are great for spray painting to keep the object elevated.
* large pickle jars are great to store noodles or rice in after the bag is opened.
* shred old magazine pages and put them in zip lock type bags for packing pillows. also putting the packing form is an easy no mess pillow when able to.
* old neck ties tied together makes a good dog toy.
* the right sized gift bags can be reused to store card in.
* 2 old cds “sewn” by drilling matching holes together picture side to picture side with fishing string makes good Christmas Tree decorations.
No. 22. Any doctor worth his license will not prescribe a higher dose so you can cut the pill in half. He will be risking the chance you may overdose. The remaining half pill loses its potency in 24 hours, as well.
Christina Brown says
I think it would depend upon the medication and the patient. I have done this before, and found it to be a good solution for me. But I trust my doctor and he trusts me to make good decisions.
Betty Farnsworth says
My doctor has suggested that for me on some meds. I think it depends on what medication it is and whether the doctor trust you with it it. If you forget to take your meds or have taken the wrong dose he might not feel safe to give it in another dose. So it depends on which medicine and how it is shaped, pill, liquid or capsule and the trust of the doctor.