15 New Ways to Use Old Things

We’re trying to reduce, reuse, and recycle our way to a smaller eco footprint, so we’re always on the lookout for ideas to give old things a new purpose. Here are some great new ways to use old things and prevent a little bit more stuff from ending up in a landfill.

  1. Turn old t-shirts into tote bags – no sewing necessary! This saves an old t-shirt from going into the trash, and saves you from having to use a plastic bag.
  2. If you do forget to take your nifty t-shirt tote to the store and have to use a plastic one, store the plastic bags in a tissue box when you get home. You can pull them out one by one like tissues and you won’t have a chaotic plastic bag mess in the cupboard.
  3. Use old tins, jars or cups to plant tiny gardens. Following the directions for a terrarium, any vessel can be a home for a plant or two.
  4. An old muffin pan makes a great place to plant seeds. When your seedlings are ready to plant in the garden that same muffin tin will perfectly space the holes.
  5. Old dish drying racks can be put to use storing manila folders on your desk. If it’s not looking so hot give it a lick of paint to go with your office colour scheme.
  6. If you have a penchant for long boots you’ll know that they tend to flop over in your wardrobe, which isn’t great for the leather. Pool noodles for the rescue! Just cut the noodle to the length of your boots, insert them, and enjoy your non-floppy boot situation.
  7. Mesh fruit and veg bags can be repurposed as effective dish scrubbers.
  8. Use bread tags to label the cords behind your desk and never unplug the wrong thing again.
  9. Mount an old rake head on your garage or garden shed wall and you can use the teeth as hooks to hang other tools off.
  10. Wrap rubber bands around the ends of your coat hangers to stop silky dresses and tops from slipping off.
  11. Turn an old towel into a handy travel pouch for your toiletries that doubles as a face washer.
  12. Once the kids’ pieces of chalk get a bit small for them to use, gather the pieces and tie them in a little cheesecloth pouch to store with silver cutlery or jewellery. This will absorb moisture and prevent your silver from tarnishing.
  13. Give an old ladder a fresh coat of paint and use it as a towel rack or a hanging laundry rack.
  14. When you travel put your shoes into a shower cap before you put them in your bag. This way they won’t get the rest of your clothes dirty.
  15. Use an old lip balm tube to hold money if you’re travelling or going somewhere you don’t want to take a bulky wallet.


Author: Stacey Jacobs

Stacey founded Tidy Me, the easiest way to book a cleaner in Sydney. Tidy Me is much more than an online booking service, it is an online platform allowing professional, independent cleaners to connect with people and homes in need of their services.

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