The Ultimate ‘How To’ Guide To Repurpose, Reuse & Recycle Worn Out Household Items
Decluttering your living space can be overwhelming for many reasons. While some of us have a sentimental attachment to things, others are plain lazy. What many of us get wrong is that cleaning up is all about throwing things away; we mindlessly end up trashing things which may otherwise be useful in many ways. Repurposing allows you to breathe new life into the objects in your home, and it might take a little bit of an effort but the results can be amazing. And yes, you’ll also be saving?quite a few bucks. Start thinking about the utility of the item you're looking at and the creativity will kick in immediately. Here are some quick ‘how-to’ tips to repurpose household things that you’d otherwise throw out of the window.
1.?Toilet Paper Rolls To Organise Cables
To see a drawer full of entangled cables can be maddening; you can almost never find the cable you need when you need it, even though it's RIGHT THERE. Most of the electronic gadgets that we use come with cables. Now, instead of buying fancy cable organisers, you can easily make one at home. All you need is used toilet paper rolls and a carton. Organise the rolls tight inside the cartons, and use them to store different cables. Viola! Now there's no more messy drawers and heaps of tangled cables.
2.??Old Credit Cards As Guitar Picks
Most of us use either a debit or a credit card - or both. This essentially means, every day, millions of expired cards are being thrown away. Now instead of trashing them, let your imagination run wild. Ladies can use it as a wax spatula while waxing at home; for those who are musically inclined, cut up the credit cards to make a fancy guitar pick.
3.??Old Chairs Into Plant Holders
If you have an old or unused chair, you simply throw it out, right? But did you know that you can actually create a plant holder with it??Breathe some life into an old chair with a crate of flowers. Use a color of your choice?to paint the chair, and cut out the seat to make space for a pot. That will make for one fancy planter!
4.?Old Picture Frames Can Turn Into Trays
Do you have a few old picture frames that you just don’t know what to do with? From a cocktail tray to a decorative tray for knick-knacks, your old worn-out picture frame can be of use instead of ending up in the dumpster. Add old door handles and turn it into a pretty tray you can flaunt, while reducing your trash pile.
5.?Ketchup Bottles For Dosa Or Pancake Batter
Struggling to make that perfect round dosa or a pancake, here's a hack that'll change your life. We all have the habit of binning old ketchup bottles, this time around make it a point to save them. Fill the bottle up with your choice of batter and simply pour it onto the pan. Not only does it help repurpose the bottle, it makes it a lot more convenient to cook!?
6.?Old Handbags Can Be Used As Plant Pots
Women's love affair with handbags is eternal, but when it comes to discarding them, we become pretty ruthless. We mindlessly throw it away or a favorite bag ends up as hand-me-down. Instead of that, you can use those pretty bags to grow some beautiful flowers.?
7. Cabin Suitcase Can Be Used As A Medicine Cabinet
Everyone's got baggage but it's all about how you turn it into something that helps you. If you are up for a challenging DIY, here's a quick YouTube tutorial to turn your vintage suitcase into a medicine cabinet.?
8.?Wind Chime With Spoons And Forks
Don't throw away those overused spoons and forks, save them and get ready for a fun DIY. Collect all the cutlery that you?no longer intend to use, get some pretty beads?and threads. You can assemble it all to make a pretty wind chime to hang in your balcony. Watch this YouTube tutorial to make a DIY cutlery wind chime.?
9.?Use Old Lotion Bottles To Make A Phone Charging?Cradle
Have you ever had a charging point at a god-awful place in your room? A place where there's literally no table to rest your phone on? Most of us just would just leave the phone hanging in the air with the charging cable attached to it. Stop putting your phone through that torture and make a holder out of used lotion bottles. We all have a hundred lotion bottles that we throw away every month. You can save a few and make a charging pouch. Cut open a bottle around it's mouth so it can fit your phone and decorate it as you wish. It's that simple.?
10. Empty Plastic Containers To Make Fancy New Planters
Houseplants add that magical touch to your indoor space. Instead of spending money on buying on these fancy decorative plant pots from the market, you can make a few at home. Use your old face cream containers or shampoo bottles to make cute little plant pots.?
11.?Turn Shoe Boxes Into Wardrobe Organisers
If you have a wardrobe that spits out clothes as soon as you open it, it's time you seriously consider organising it. There are a million DIY organising hacks out there, but one of the best upcycle-friendly organisation hacks is to use shoe boxes to segregate your clothes. So, stop binning and start using them in a creative and practical way.?
12.?DIYs Your Pet Will Love
From a toy made out of braided t-shirts, to chairs to prop up food bowls, and of course, comfy beds made using old sweaters, there are multiple ways in which you can repurpose old household items to make your pet's life more comfortable.
13.?Ladders Into Bookshelf
Add some decorative, vertical storage space to your living area using an old ladder.?Making functional home decor out of ladders is very easy and it also utilizes corner spaces in the best way possible. Check out this tutorial if you plan to make one.?
Illustration By Ranak Mann