4 Easy ways to Recycle Common Household Items
This summer, instead of filling up that trash can or making unnecessary trips to the town dump, turn those miscellaneous household items into useful new additions to your home. Whether it’s old strawberry containers or wooden pallets, everything in your home can be repurposed into something new.
Use Recyclable Containers for Storage
The summer is a great time to enjoy fresh produce from your local grocery store or farmer’s market, but oftentimes fruits and vegetable come in plastic containers that have to be recycled when you are finished with their contents. Instead of tossing all those containers, use them to store things like pens and pencils, batteries, or even the kids’ toys. Because the containers are see-through and stack atop one another, you can always see what you are looking for without opening up the box.
Turn Old Pallets Into an Outdoor Swing or Hammock
Wooden pallets can take up a lot of space in your garage or attic, and getting rid of them is sure to be a pain. Instead of letting them go to waste, refashion any old pallets into lawn furniture. A simple google search will yield tons of design plans and ideas.
Turn that Old Suitcase into a Charging Space for Your Electronics
Between laptops, tablets, and cell phones, it is not uncommon for families to have ten or more portable electronic devices in their homes. Having all those devices scattered around—which are often accompanied by their unsightly chargers—can take up lots of space on your counters or tables. To avoid that problem, turn an unused suitcase or briefcase into a charging station for your devices. All you need to do is place a power strip inside the suitcase so that each device can be charged while sitting in the case. For bonus points drill a hole in the back of the suitcase for the power strip’s cord to run directly to the outlet.
Turn Unused Shoe Organizers into Cleaning Supply Stations
An all-too-common problem in many homes is the myriad of spray bottles, sponges, paper towels, and any other cleaning supplies that get shoved under the kitchen sink and forgotten. Using an old hanging shoe organizer to tidy up all those cleaning supplies is an easy and useful trick to avoid ever needing to rifle through that mess again. Simply hang a shoe organizer from a closet or pantry door and place your supplies in each compartment. Not only will you be able to easily locate all of your cleaning supplies, but you won’t be straining your back looking for that long-lost bottle of Windex.