How to Reuse Everyday Objects
It’s time to think outside the box! We all know how it’s frugal AND great for the environment to reduce, reuse, and recycle, but sometimes it’s hard to come up with ideas for HOW to actually reuse household items.
You’ve probably heard the Depression-era admonition to “Use it Up, Make Do, or Do Without” — all these ideas will help you use up random everyday items you probably have laying around. Be creative and think of ways to extend the life of and figure out all kinds of ways how to reuse everyday objects!
I reuse lemon peels ALL the time and use them to scrub my sink. The citric acid in the lemons and the friction from the peel get my sink shiny and clean.
Made a casserole and don’t want to just toss the pan? Make DIY Cookie Cutters!
Repurpose old cereal boxes into gorgeous magazine holders.
Egg cartons make perfect containers for small craft items, such as beads.
Don’t throw away (or recycle) your tin cans. Clean them out and cover with contact paper to make pencil holders or corral office supplies.
Did you recently move or have a lot of boxes left over from a co-op order? Make shelves from cardboard boxes!
Never buy wrapping paper again. I use newspaper or large sheets of paper my children have drawn on or decorated to wrap gifts. Alternately, you could use scraps of fabric to wrap gifts and tie with a pretty ribbon.
There are a ton of household uses for old wine or vinegar bottles. Soak them to strip off the label, and use as a vase or candle holder. You can also paint wine bottles with a winter scene and insert a string of lights to make a festive holiday piece of decor.
Have lots of old books that are antique-y or just unsellable? I love the idea of adding some brackets and using them as shelves.
An everyday colander has a ton of fun uses. It is the perfect container for a hanging plant outside – just add heavy duty twine to the sides. Or, flip the colander upside down and use it as a light fixture!