It's time to think outside of the box! There are so many items that can be re-purposed in a new way. Now, I am not suggesting that you hold on to everything you own for this reason. That would be hoarding!
However, below I have created a short list of seven items you can use in a new and different way. Let's be creative!
1. Coffee Filter - The original use is to keep coffee grounds out of your coffee cup. A new use is to put a filter at the bottom of a flower pot to prevent soil from draining out of the pot.
2. Paper Shredder - The original use is to protect against identity theft by shredding confidential documentation before disposing of it. A new use is to create decorative tissue paper filler in a gift box or gift bag without having to purchase bags of already shredded filler at the store.
3. Tissue Box - The original use is to hold tissues for running noses and watery eyes. A new use is to store plastic grocery bags under the kitchen sink or bathroom vanity to save space.
4. Toothbrush Holder - The original use is obvious - to store the household's various toothbrushes in an upright position and separate them from each other. The new use is to hold individual flowers. Fill the holder with water, cut the stems so they are only a few inches above the top of the holder and slide one flower into each slot. This is idea for a small arrangement of flowers.
5. Dried Spaghetti - The original use is a staple in most households to accompany the meatballs. The new use is to light multiple candles when extra-long matches are not available.
6. Ice Cube Tray - The original use is to make ice cubes. The new use is to organize earrings. Use the separate compartments to sort out pairs of earrings for easy storage and retrieval. (And they stack nicely in a drawer.)
7. Dental Floss - The original use is to clean in between your teeth for good dental health. The new use is to unstick photographs that are stuck to an album page by working the floss in between the two surfaces without damaging the picture.
Now that I have provided you with some ideas, do you have any of your own? If so, please comment below and share with others. Let's all be more green this Spring!
If you are overwhelmed with the contents in your home and need help deciding what to keep, toss or donate, don't hesitate to give me a call at A Better Space. I am an expert in interior redesign and can help you utilize items already in your home in a new way.
In the meantime, have a great week!