Re-Purposing of Old Items

I am amazed every time I see the incredible ingenuity used by every day folk in taking things we would normally trash, adding to the miles of trash in the garbage heaps and finding brand new uses for them.

In the Real Simple article on 50 All-Time Uses of Old Things, they have the neatest tips – from using old picture frames with a piece of colored paper as a vanity tray to using old ketchup bottles to pour out perfect portions of pancake batter. Who would have thought of that? But…someone did and the neatest thing is – they didn’t keep it to themselves, but instead, chose to share it with us.

What good does it do to have wonderfully creative ideas if we never share them with each other? I loved my mom and still think about her several times a day even though she is gone from me; but she was a busy working mom who many times worked two jobs to keep food on the table and bills paid. Because of that, many times her approach to things at home was that she could do something faster herself then to take the time to teach me “how to do something”.  And as a working mom myself, I understand that train of thought.

But today, as we turn another corner in our lives, it is more important than ever to share with each other! To teach each other! To care what another person is doing! & to show them (us/me) a better way of handling the resources we have been given on this planet.  We have limited sources of energy, space, land, water and with the number of us living longer and richer lives, we must be caretakers of not only our own lives, but also those around us – young & old.  We are critical of so many things in the world, and yet, we are all here together.  Why not learn from each other? Teach each other?

How about this tip – use Lifesaver candies as birthday cake & cupcake candle holders? – Isn’t that the neatest idea? And very sweet too! (pun intended)  Or, one that we use in our home, use empty facial tissue boxes to hold the plastic bags we get from the supermarket when we forget our “green alternative” reusable bags.

The ideas go on and on and some are so simple you think, “Oh my gosh, why didn’t I think of that”? – well that is why we have each other and why magazines like Real Simple are published – to give us the “Ah-Ha” moments we all love and get such a kick out of.

If, when you read the Real Simple article, 50 All-Time Uses of Old Things, you have other ideas, PLEASE share them with us – we would love to pass them on to our readers…

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