10 Ways to Reuse Your Household Junk
Posted on 08 November 2016
Anyone who is anyone is all about waste recycling and reducing waste these days. For most people, separating their recyclable waste from their landfill waste is where they draw the line, but if you want to be a cut above the rest and really get into this whole recycle, reuse thing, then hare’s some great advice on how you can do this at home. It’s amazingly simple to reuse household junk gathered after a house clearance when you start getting creative, suddenly your home is its own recycling plant, and nothing gets wasted. Not only is this good for the environment, it can also save you a pretty penny, plus you earn the right to smile smugly at people when they ask what you do to recycle. So whether it’s broken, unused or just old as the hills, check out how you can reuse that old junk and give it a new lease of life.
1. Give it to the kids – This has to be the top tip, simply because it’s so easy. Assuming that whatever you have isn’t dangerous, then giving it to your children instead of dumping it into the rubbish disposal bin will instantly give it a new lease if life. Kids have infinite imaginations, so no matter what it is – an old pan, packaging, even old furniture – it’s guaranteed that soon it will become a spaceship, musical instrument, or weapon of some kind that your kids will get hours of enjoyment from.
2. Make some funky gifts – Plastic bags are a great place to start, these can easily be repurposed into a funky new handbag by weaving them together, or you can turn some old buttons into a unique pair of new earrings, etc.
3. Stairgate to flower heaven – Use an old stairgate as a new trellis for your garden. It’s a great way to save time, money, and the environment by reducing the size of your waste disposal pile.
4. Turn greetings cards into tags – Every year people spend unnecessary money on gift tags, when a simple solution is just to re-use the greetings cards you received last year. Just cut out a portion of the image that you like, write your message on the other side, and stick it to the gift you’re giving. Voila, instant (and free) gift tag.
5. Egg cartons – These can be immensely useful as storage boxes. The individual holes mean you can easily find things in them, perfect for little trinkets and jewellery. If a plain egg carton is too dull for you, jazz it up with some paint and decorations – get your kids to help if you’re not particularly arty.
6. Old plates – Use old plates to give your garden a new lease of life. They can be smashed up to put around plants for decoration, or could be used as name signs for your plants. Or if you don’t have a garden, use old plates and crockery and create some mosaic artwork.
7. Clean with the news – Old newspapers make great additions to your cleaning arsenal – scrunch them up to use when cleaning windows, or simply have them on hand to deal with spillages.
8. Old jars – Add some candle wax and make your own homemade candles. Candle wax is cheap to buy, and allows you to have totally unique candle creations.
9. Old photo frames – Don’t throw them away in the rubbish removal bin, instead, thread some string across the middle, and turn the frame into a brilliant new jewellery display, prefect for dangly earrings.
10. Old clothes blanket – A nice easy project to keep you busy during winter; turn your old, unwanted clothes into a fancy new patchwork blanket. Just cut to size, pick your pattern, and sew together.
Recycling old items at home can significantly reduce unnecessary junk disposal and the amounts of waste that ends up in landfills. Just use your imagination and make waste recycling fun.