We all know the 3 R’s and the triangle that goes along with it for helping the Earth.
R-reduce:don’t use as much
R-reuse:use it again(refill your bottle of water)
R-recycle(turn it in to the recycling center for it to get turned into something….)
I like the word repurpose<3
To give new life, a different life to something:-)
Yesterday I took my children to our towns Earth Day celebration.
They always have a recycled art section where they have scissors, tape, and all sorts of random things the city office has saved over a period of time.
My daughter decided to create a ice cream cone and of course my son wanted one too. They were made out of old thread spools and ball pit balls. I took an old Hawaiian lei and wrapped my cone with it to turn it purple. They loved it! We often play ice cream shop at our house, so it was all perfect.
Earth Day always makes me think back to when I was a kid and my sisters and I would play in our yard and build all sorts of random things that we’d find around the house, garage, and barn. If it didn’t have an immediate use, my parents were pretty cool with letting us use it:-). I did my first fort building out of an old diesel fuel stand(no barrel, just the frame) 2″x4″‘s, and an old tarp. I learned how to sew by creating stuffed animals and pillows out of shop rags that my parents bought in bulk. Creating was never a big deal because it never really cost anything….nothing really too much to loose…Just turning one thing into another! I’m so grateful to my parents for letting our imaginations run wild and helping when we asked 🙂
It makes my heart melt when I see my children creating things out of random other things. Who didn’t use wrapping paper tubes as a swords? My son uses empty toilet paper tubes as robot arms <3. My daughter is constantly seeing the potential in things and as a result we battle clutter, but it's worth it:-). Of course the scraps from my latest project could be a coat for your tiny doll…before we paint, go grab some paper out of the recycling so we don't get paint on the table.
I have been eyeing this shoe storage system from IKEA:
Well, if you saw from my previous post 'A Lego Tray and So Much More'. https://theywillloveyoureffort.wordpress.com/2014/04/23/a-tray-for-legos-and-so-much-more/
I have a hard time investing in something when I'm not sure if I'm going to use it/like it.
Here comes the repurposing of an old dresser:-)
My friend was giving away an old 4 drawer dresser. I love dressers!!! I have bought several used ones for dirt cheap and love the potentials!!! I turned it into a shoe cabinet until I decide if the actual IKEA one will work for my family:-)
I have mittens, hats, and scarves in the top drawer, my husbands shoes in the second, mine in the third, and our kids extra shoes in the fourth.
We still have more shoes than what fit in the Dresser, these are our shoes we wear every now and then. Not everyday, those are in our shoe cubbies, not our 'fancy shoes, like my high heels, but my plain leather boots I wear with jeans, etc.
Instead of just throwing something away, think of how you could repurpose it:-)
Just because a dresser is 'suppose' to hold clothes, doesn't mean that it can't hold shoes and look nice in an entry way. Maybe it could hold all your crafting supplies? What about all your wrapping supplies?
Just because a shirt has a terrible stain right in the center and can't even be donated doesn't mean you need to throw it away. You can make small stuffed animals out of it. Take a chance at learning to sew. If it cost you nothing, you have nothing to loose:-).
Don't think about what you can't do with something, but about the hidden potential within:-)
Remember….They Will Love Your Effort<3