It’s quite a task to diligently dispose of items that are seemingly unusable – why not use them in a different way instead! It saves so much time, and it turns out that we can put much old stuff into use by being a little more creative.
Here are a few ways in which we can use some common items in and around the house, in various ways!
Common Household Items
Reusing items in the house does not necessarily have to be about saving money or helping the environment always(though that should be one of your goals); sometimes it can be pure fun! Coming up with new ways to use old things is a creative process that can be enjoyable!
Here are a few fun and unusual ways to reuse household items.
Make Your Own Sprinkler System
Make an entire sprinkler system by using the old, leaky garden hose..seal off one end of the garden hose with cement, melted plastic or glue. Then make holes throughout the length of the garden hose.
You now have a soaker hose! Thread this hose throughout your garden and turn on the water. Your new soaker hose will spray water throughout your garden while you barely lift a finger.
Use Your Old Bottle Caps
Instead of throwing away your bottle caps, save them up. Buy a pack of small magnets online or at the local store.
Then grab your bottle caps and glue the magnet to the back. Congratulations! You now have home-made fridge magnets.
There are a lot of things you can use besides bottle caps. Your creativity is the only limitation.
Turn Old CDs Into Coasters
Do you have old CDs lying around that you’ll probably never use? Instead of just throwing them away, why not turn them into unique drink coasters?
There are many ways you can do this.
- Paint designs over them and laminate.
- Melt the surface of the CD to create unique textures.
- Sand the surface of the CD in uneven shapes to create an interesting effect.
You can be as creative as you wish!
Make Your Own Lamp Shades
Take your used glass bottles and make your own lamp. From your local shop, just buy small light(s) that can be inserted into the bottle. Thread it in, then turn it on.
Coat the outer wall of the glass bottle with a multitude of colors for better effects.
Re-use Electronic Products
Most modern households generate quite a bit of electronic waste. You have old computers, monitors that are out-of-order. Old phones, old modems, old printers…the list goes on. See if you can put them to some use before deciding to throw them away.
Get Some Insights Into Assembling
Assembling/re-assembling electronics can be a fantastic way to learn. If you have kids in the household, getting together to take apart old or equipment can be highly educational.
Make sure you remove any dangerous parts inside the equipment first. For example, TVs have the vacuum tube. Most kinds of electronics( computers, laptops, printers and so on) are usually completely safe. To be on the safe side, use Google for a quick look-up or double-check.
When you’re taking it apart, get some information about the purpose and functioning of the parts; that should be a cool learning experience.
Reuse Individual Parts
Even if a piece of equipment breaks, that doesn’t mean everything inside is rendered unusable.
Even if your old desktop computer does not work properly, you can still get a look inside .. and see if the other parts can be used.
Is the RAM still good? You can just unplug it and use it in a different computer. If you have a non-motherboard sound card or graphics card, you may also be able to use those on other computers.
If you don’t know how to identify and remove individual parts, this can be a fantastic learning experience.
Another way you can reuse old parts is to build something new and useful. It certainly is possible if we can look up DIY tutorials!
Electronic equipment is often good for a lot longer than you think. Reuse, repurpose and learn from your old digital equipment!
Plastic bags pose huge risks to the environment. Global estimates say that at least a trillion plastic bags are used every year.
The damage to the environment is colossal. In addition to not being bio-degradable, they clog landfills and release harmful toxins, and are a substantial threat to wildlife/marine ecosystems. If they make their way into wildlife or marine life, they’ll often choke animals.
Recycling is a good option, even reusing your plastic bags can help the environment – while saving money.
Here are a few ways you can reuse your plastic bag.
Manage Your Garden
Do you use leaf bags to collect leaves and help manage your garden? Instead of using other bags, why not just use your existing plastic bags instead?
Store Food Items
A lot of foods are incredibly messy to store. For example, flour can get all over the place once you’ve opened it.
If you should ever need to store something messy like spices or flour, you can easily just store it in a plastic bag securely.
Tear It Up for Packaging
Shred up your used plastic bags and use them for packaging. Instead of using newspaper or buying bubble wrap, just collect your old plastic bags and crumple them up.
Use It as a Trash Bag
Use it in your kitchen, in your bedrooms or in the bathroom as a trash bag.
This way, you don’t keep buying garbage bags. You can even keep reusing each bag until it tears. Alternatively, you can just use each bag once and throw it out. Chances are, you’ll never run out of trash bags.
While the best idea is to use your own bags whenever possible, you can still re-use old ones if you’ve built up a pile already. Don’t throw them away – reuse them instead.
These are a few of the ways you can re-use everyday items .. and the possibilities are endless. Don’t be afraid to experiment!
With inputs from Internet and print sources