I spoke the other day about reducing our consumption of things. We are bombarded daily, with things we need and why we need them, on the TV and radio.
The TV shows we watch do the same things. I love HGTV and DIY - but can't stand the obvious and over the top consumption. I know we all have different ideas on what is nice and what is pretty and acceptable in our homes - but when I see people look at kitchens and bedrooms that are bigger than my entire house and say "eh - it's just too small" - my blood pressure sky rockets!!!! How much room do we need to sleep? I also see those shows, where everything is "just so outdated" - and to be honest I am drooling - because I would love it! (I am a vintage type gal).
I guess that is why the saying "different strokes for different folks" came about!
My other pet peeve - is watching the remodeling shows and watching them take a sledge hammer to perfectly fine cabinets and shelves, etc. GEESH, those could be used by someone else who can't afford brand new or who simply believes in recycling to help Mother Earth!
I love the shows that make a point of using as much as possible of the original home, and find their 'new' supplies at rehab and recycle stores. That is being such a good steward.
OK off my soap box. You get my point. We need to be more mindful of using what we already have - quit falling for the 'must have' traps - and save a little money in the process. Folks, we have all worked hard for what we have, and it makes little sense to just throw it away.
I guess I am like Ellen (view comments of last post) - in that I struggle with where to draw the line on spending for need and for want.
Here are a few more ideas for using what you have instead of buying something new or running out on an emergency run for something:
- Mouthwash is antiseptic. It will work on small abrasions and cuts to disinfect
- Honey is a great antiseptic as well. Rub over a small cut for healing
- Bar soap can be used for about everything (especially gentle ones like Ivory). Can be used in bathing (adults and babies), hair, laundry, dishes, etc.
- T-shirts with worn collars and sleeves can be cut into tanks tops or work shirts. They can also be made into cloth grocery bags
- Old cell phones can be donated to women's shelters
- Body washes can be used in hand soap dispensers or made into foaming soap, and can be used for dish washing in a pinch
- Clamp clothes pins make great chip clips. Pants hangers can be used as chip clips as well. Either cut the ends off and use, or place a bar in the pantry and hang your bags.
- Twin fitted sheets make great table covers for picnic tables or long dining tables
- Baking soda and vinegar can be used to open sluggish drains
- Use stale soda pop instead of water when making Jello - even gives it a better flavor (and you aren't wasting)
- Clay or plastic pots can be used for more than flowers. I use a couple in my kitchen for holding utensils that I use daily (I have very little drawer space). They would be good storage in bathroom as well. How about using them to hold office or craft supplies? Clean clay pots can be used in baking. Use as herb gardens. Recycle and use in gifts with seeds/gloves to a gardening friend. Broken pots are great for drainage in other pots.
- Really large flower pots can be used as storage/tables on the patio. Great place to store hand tools, small hose, etc. and cover with a hand made table topper (old boards or a tray or platter) and use next to a chair to hold drinks
- I keep dill pickle juice and use as a marinade for meats, I also place other fresh veggies in it and make new pickled veggies. Shoot I love to just drink it!!!!!
- Compost food scraps
- Wooden pallets are now the new thing! If you can find them for free - they can be made into all sorts of things
- Cut old frayed bath towels into wash cloths. Simply bind or hem the edges.
- Flat sheets can be made into valances, window curtains, and even clothes
- Old books make great secret storage places
We are basically the only ones that can help ourselves. Many people are so tight on money, that every idea that we can share, could help them tremendously. Others, just want to save where they can - so they HAVE a fund to take care of emergencies or have a trip or pay extra on the house.
We all have our own reasons for being frugal!!
Plus with being frugal and re-inventing, re-cycling, and up-cycling we are also helping this beautiful planet we live on.
WHAT TIPS DO YOU HAVE TO SHARE? WHAT ARE SOME RECYCLING OR UPCYCLING IDEAS DO YOU HAVE?
Give us a shout out - we are all here to learn!
Blessings my friends!