the Most of What You've Got
'stuff' do we need in our lives? I'm
talking about the gadgets, ornaments and clothing that you own but
don't use frequently. If you have been getting rid of things you don't
need and getting started with your household organizing, you may be
tempted to fill up the empty spaces with newer 'stuff'
you go and buy anything, see if there are things you already own
that you aren't making full use of. Could you use what you already have
to suit another purpose? Are there things that are looking a little
shabby that you could spruce up with a coat of paint or a good
make my own cleaning solutions with simple household ingredients like
baking soda and vinegar. I do keep some commercial sprays around for
disinfecting in the bath and kitchen but I get twice as much use from
my spray cleaner by pouring half of it into another spray bottle and
filling it up with water. It still cleans and disinfects but I get two
for the price of one.
the plastic bags from the grocery
store for all sorts of things. I also have two cloth bags that I keep
in the car to put things like books, pens and anything loose in the car
that I pick up in my travels. Then I only have to carry the bag into
the house. Since I have been keeping these bags in the car, I find it
easier to keep the car tidy.
disposable materials such
as boxes, plastic bags, paper are the obvious things you can reuse if
you know how. For ideas on how to re-use these common ordinary products
to suit another purpose there is a long list of good ideas here: Creative Recycling
you do buy things, try to buy the best you can afford. Good quality
items last longer and lend themselves well to re-selling when you want
to get rid of them.
getting rid of anything, take a good
look at it to see if you can adapt it to another use. Here is a good
site with many tips for making the most of what you have by giving you
ideas of what else you can do with it.
like to re-use things like dryer sheets, those little things that take
out the static cling in you clothing. I tuck one in a plastic bag in my
purse in the winter and use it to wipe down my slacks if I find them
clinging to my leg. Works on my hair too if it starts getting that fly
away look. Not sure if that is good for it or not but it hasn't started
falling out yet.
the mother of all sites that will give you ideas for alternate uses for
common everyday things you have to go see
Green's Wacky Uses.Com
the most of what you already own. Clean it, repair it or use it for a
different purpose. The next time you are tempted to go and buy
something new, see if you already have something you can make do with.
It is challenging to try to come up with ideas for other uses. It gets
to be a bit addictive after awhile. If you have friends or family
members that will brainstorm with you, it is really amazing what you
can come up with. You'll save money and have fun too.
© 2001 Judy Brown