Repurposing means that instead of throwing something away, you use it in a way other than that for which it was designed.
Here are 7 everyday items that you can easily repurpose, to help you save energy, time and money:
Use old newspapers to clean articles such as windows, mirrors and even fire stove glass doors. Doing so not only saves you the energy it would take to wash a cloth rag, but the result will be shinier and streak-free. Reusing newspapers can also save you money. For instance, stuffing shoes and boots that need to be stored for the season, with newspaper, will deodorize them and help them retain their shape, thus prolonging their life.
Wrapping Paper & Gift Bags
Next time someone hands you a present, think twice about discarding gift bags and wrapping paper, as most of these are reusable. Even when they are a bit wrinkly, you can usually make them like new by ironing them out. Just make sure to regulate your iron at the lowest heat setting when you do so.
Old towels can easily be given a second life as rags or pet towels. And if you own a sewing machine, the possibilities are endless. For instance, you could create such articles as washcloths, baby bibs, dog toys, and stuffed animals.
Bread Tabs & Twist Ties
Keep electric/electronic cables and cords orderly by gathering them with twist ties. Then, clarify all those connections by using bread tabs that can easily be labelled and then clipped onto each cord separately.
Empty Tissue Boxes
Have you ever noticed that for some reason, plastic bags seem to take on a life of their own, by multiplying and getting unruly? This is where empty tissue boxes come in handy: keep those bags in order and save space by stuffing them all into an empty tissue box.
Don’t throw your old toothbrush out since these small brushes are invaluable tools when it comes to cleaning small crevices. Instead, use them to clean your computer keyboard, around bathtub and sink, under your nails and even jewellery.
Glass Jars & Plastic Containers
Reuse glass jars and airtight clear plastic packaging to store foods and other items. Not only will you save money by not having to purchase storage containers, but their transparency will allow you to see at a glance what you already have on hand, thus helping you avoid doubled-up purchases.
These are only 7 examples of everyday household items that you can repurpose. But you can probably find many others. Of course, repurposing in itself won’t get you rich, but it can help you make the best use of what you already have, saving you energy, time, and money in the long-run.