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Repurposing and alternative use, or breathing new life into old things

Ever wondered how to give new use to old things, or in other words, repurpose? Well, here are some ingenious ideas! Some of them are being transformed into new objects, whereas others show new approaches to home chores or DIY.

  • Get any of the big vases which you can now buy everywhere (or perhaps you have one in your home collection?), and use it to store toilet paper. Depending on your level of quirkiness, choose either a transparent, or more discreet opaque version.
Vase as toilet roll holder
Vase as toilet roll holder
  • Want to get rid of old bubblegum stickers of Kevin from Backstreet Boys you taped onto your mirror as a teenager? (OK, was that only me??) – try the good old mayonnaise… who’d guess!
Mayo as adhesive cleaner
Mayo as adhesive cleaner
  • OMG! Can this be true?? Just last night I had to soak my new IKEA side plates for a few hours before those stubborn stickers graciously decided to allow me to scrape them off and now – this! You’ve got to try this out – just heat the labels and…
Hairdryer heat softens label glue
Hairdryer heat softens label glue
  • OK, I’d now say: ‘Enough of those useful ideas! Let’s see something impractical!’ And yet, even this use seems very relevant now, as we all have our photos on our drives rathen than in albums (unfortunately). Be honest, when was the last time you developed (gosh even this word sounds strange already) your holiday photos? So, here is what you do with the spare albums – use them as business cards holders! Or, even better for design maniacs, you could use them for wallpaper scrappings, pieces of fabric, etc etc…
Photo album as business cards holder
Photo album as business cards holder
  • …and this DIY project will add interest to your hall – simply cut off part of your hangers, and either use industrial glue, or nails. If you don’t have such strong glue, you can still use it e.g. as jewelry rack.
Hanger as ... hanger :)
Hanger as ... hanger 🙂
  • OMG once more – this is ingenious 🙂 Run a sticky side of a post-it note between keys of your keyboard (if you are me, if will be full of tea, coffee, cookies’ crumbs, nail polish chippings and other ‘items’) to clean it.
Post-it notes as keyboard cleaners
Post-it notes as keyboard cleaners
  • And finally – the bizarre.  Check out this amazing bench 🙂
Ski bench
Ski bench

Gosh, I absolutely love such practical ideas (…perhaps apart from the bench!). Putting one or two into practice make me cheat myself that I am not as disorganized and inefficient as I am 🙂

If you liked these, check out AltUse which claims to be the ultimate website for alternative uses (DYI related).

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9 thoughts on “Repurposing and alternative use, or breathing new life into old things”

  1. DIY hanger is simply great and useful, and you can easily decorate it with decoupage, but there’s one little (or huge, perhaps) problem… I never have enough hangers even for my clothes 😦

    1. Haha, you’re right 🙂 nevertheless should you have old broken ones… or perhaps even you can get new ones and rework. The decoupage idea is great! I wonder if I’ll be able to find something like that… if you’ve seen it, let me know and I’ll feature it in a future post 🙂

  2. The ski bench – YUCK! But then again, I have a friend from Austria who might enjoy such a bench!

    Does – dare I say it – Miracle Whip work as well as mayo? Hate to waste good mayo on cleaning! LOL!

    1. Hahah – not sure about the Miracle Whip 🙂 If you try, do let me know!

      As for the bench – it would work great in some ski resort 🙂

  3. OMG, this IS ingenious! thx for these tips… and oh, I AM you – or even better, dare I say… MY keyboard does not resemble a keybord anymore, not even vaguely. I do need these post-its… 😉

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