Don’t Throw That Out! Ingenious Uses For Everyday Objects

July 3, 2022
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Ingenious uses for everyday objects! I have gone on the record more than a few times about trash, especially about how much we make when we really don’t have to. My store’s sole purpose is to get people to buy other people’s stuff that they don’t use any more. I make a living at it. So, when I discover alternative uses for objects that I would normally throw away, I’m in. I’ve written on this topic before. You can check out my other blogs like: Four Easy Ways to Reduce Trash at Home and Save Those Containers! Creative Uses For Things You Ordinarily Toss or Recycle. Today I have a few new ideas for items that you may have tossed previously, but now you can give another life to and keep them out of the landfill.

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Hotel Shower Caps

OK, so I admit it… I “steal” things from hotel rooms. Maybe steal isn’t the right word, exactly… I take the things from my room, like soaps and shampoos, even if I didn’t use them… just in case. One of the things I never leave behind is a shower cap, and not because I’ve suddenly become June Cleaver, or stopped my personal grooming. I take the shower caps for when I paint. Yup! You read that right, and no, I don’t wear them to keep the mess off of my doo. I take the shower caps to cover the smoke detectors when I paint the ceiling. This is an ingenious use for an everyday object. Shower caps keep the paint from getting on the detector, and allow me to skip the step of taking the smoke detectors down (as the sister of fire fighters, the thought of that scares me a bit too much). So snag those shower caps the next time you’re at a hotel, you’ll be glad you did.

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Plastic Berry Containers – Ingenious Uses for Everyday Objects

Berries are something I never have to put on the grocery list, because every time we go to the store we are buying berries of some type to have with our cereal, bake with or snack on. Every week we are grabbing another plastic container of blackberries, strawberries, or blueberries. Our recycling bin is a testament to healthy eating but also host to a lot of unnecessary plastic, so I was really excited too discover an alternative use for these containers. If you garden, or have grass, you’re going to like this one. The small holes in berry containers make them a great way to spread fertilizer or grass seed in a small area. Fill them up and shake them over the lawn or garden. The small holes work well for distributing just the right amount. They can be reused if you label them with a permanent marker or tossed/recycled after use if you’d rather.

Plastic Bread Ties

It seems that every other day at the store, one of our cords to some piece of electronic equipment or another comes loose, rendering the whole point-of-sale system useless for some period of time. Until I actually labelled all the cords in the electronic spaghetti under the counter, these disconnects could last an uncomfortable amount of time. Enter the square, plastic, bread tie (you know, those little numbers with the expiration date for your rolls and English muffins). These bread ties have a small little cutout for the plastic bag, which is also perfectly right-sized to hang on most electronic cords. These little squares also have just enough room on them for you to write what the cord goes to that they are hanging on: TV-power, Cable, printer, fax machine, etc. You get the idea. There will be no more, “hmm… I wonder what this one goes to? Ooops!”

If You’ve Got A Re-Use Idea…

Hope you enjoyed these few ideas today. If you have any yourself, I’d love to hear from you and will be happy to share the ideas (with credit) in a future blog. Stay safe out there, my friends… and have fun!

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