I surfed the web far and wide to find ways to reuse items I would normally throw away. Many of the sites list over 20 uses. I am only addressing things I would realistically do (jus keepin’ it real). Using a cereal box to start a fire may be possible, but I’m more likely to use it to mail something I sold on Ebay. The links are listed below if you want more ideas. Enjoy!
- Cheap way to mail stuff.
- Cut it up and make a Bookmarks
Plastic Grocery Bags
- Trash bags (who hasn’t done this one?)
- Mailing fillers
- Keep several in your car: Trash, dirty shoes, car sickness
- Place a plastic bag inside or next to the sink when you peel fruits or vegetables. Easy cleanup.
Peanut butter jars
- Snack container on trips
- *See glass jars*
- Picture frames (I ♥ this)
- Candle holder
- Storage: toothbrushes, candy, spices, hairpins.
- Desk organizer
- Store items you purchase in bulk such as spices, cereal, flour or grains.
- Utensil holder for forks, knives or spoons
- Give gifts such as chocolate, cookies, homemade jelly, trail mix, bath salts, etc. Add a special homemade touch by decorating the outside.
- Flower vase
- Organize sewing supplies
- Organize hair accessories (I already do this).
- Organize Laundry Supplies: Perfect for storing your homemade “green” detergent.
***How to remove a jar label***
(1) Remove as much of the label as you can with your fingers.
(2) Under hot running water rub remaining label off with a fork or spoon.
(3) Remove any remaining adhesive with rubbing alcohol.
Wine bottles: I may have a few of these….
- Candle holders
- Fill empty wine bottles with olive oil, herbs, rice, vinegar, and other kitchen staples.
- Water plants while you are away: If the plant and pot are large enough to accommodate the bottle, simply fill with water and insert the neck into the soil.
- If you have a glass cutting kit: homemade drinking glasses, candle displays, vase
- Gift wrapping. Use the comic section and they will see you as unique instead of cheap. Use Magazine pages for smaller items.
- Mailing fillers
- Great for cleaning mirrors and windows
- Make your own seeding pots
- Burn it up. Instead of a starter log in the fireplace or at a bonfire, use tightly rolled pieces of newsprint instead.
Zip lock bags… Not the ones you bought in the cute little boxes, the ones your pita bread, frozen veges, and almonds came in. A zip lock bag is a zip lock bag. Put a sandwich in it. Nuff said.
Shoe boxes: You can always paint or decorate the outside of the box. If you mess it up, it’s just a shoe box. Get another one and try again.
- Drawer organizers
- Organize manuals & warranties: You know the papers & little booklets that come with washer machines, computers, and food dehydrators.
- Organize cords: extension cords, power cords, camera cords (make sure you put a label on the outside)
- Old photos
- Daily mail container
- Moving boxes for the small things ( silverware, jewelry, hair stuff)
- Organize spice jars in your cabinet
- Cover it with fabric & use to store CD/ DVDs.
- Taxes ewww: Put your receipts in them & mark the month /year on the end and store in closet for returns or taxes, etc.
- Small emergency kits to carry in your car.