10 Fun Ways to Save by Reusing Household Items
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10 Fun Ways to Save by Reusing Household Items

Posted on Thursday, July 14th, 2011 at 4:12 pm
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You can save money by reusing and recycling used items around the house. Check out these ideas for reusing and recycling ordinary household items.You can save money by reusing and recycling used items around the house. Before you throw anything away, check out these ideas for reusing and recycling ordinary household items.

10 Items to Re-Purpose in Your House

  • Used Clothes. You can turn your old clothes into cleaning rags. Or for more fun, save your used clothes to make a fun quilt or pillow cases.
  • Bottle Caps. Bottle caps make for great craft projects. You can decorate them and make a tambourine, glue magnets to the back, make a cute shirt pin or push-pin, or decorate a picture frame. Check for store deals and coupons on art and craft supplies.
  • Boxes. Old boxes make great storage. I used tissue paper and school glue to decorate a bunch of my old shoe boxes for photo and paperwork storage. If you have any large boxes, give them to the kids to turn into playhouses. My kids love to turn old appliance boxes into castles and ships.
  • Glass Jars. Save your empty glass jars and turn them into decorative planters, vases, or candle holders. You can decoupage or paint them. Fill them with colorful sand, shells, or sea glass. Boil them in water and re-use them as drink glasses. Be creative – the uses are limitless!
  • Glass Bottles. Glass bottles can also be reused as vintage-looking flower vases. Just pick up a couple of colors of glass paint and create your very own work of art. You can personalize them for yourself, or decorate them as individualized gifts. I’ve also made decorative glass bottles and party centerpieces.
  • Toilet and Paper Towel Rolls. Empty toilet and paper towel rolls make great storage for plastic bags or cord organizers.
  • CD’s. Don’t throw away your old Ricky Martin CD just yet. CD’s can be painted and turned into coasters, or hung from fishing line to make a decorative porch decoration.
  • Mint Tins. Great for mini-storage. I keep an empty Altoids tin in my purse for hair pins. Other ideas: a mini sewing kit, tool kit, or place to collect your used bottle caps perhaps?
  • Corks. Save your old bottle corks and make your own cork board! Just find a picture frame you like (check the attic, garage sales, and thrift stores before you buy a new one), cut the corks in half, and glue them to the frame.
  • Used Dryer Sheets. I like to stick my used dryer sheets in my drawers to freshen them up. They also make great air fresheners – no need to buy fancy plug-ins or expensive room sprays ever again!

Hopefully you find some of these ideas useful next time you are cleaning out the house. What are some of your favorite things to re-use around the house? Share your ideas in the comment area!

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