Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Works for Me Wednesday

Everyone's trying to be a little more "green" these days - whether that's recycling, reducing waste, or reusing things you already have. I've been recycling for a while now - my family started when my sister learned about recycling kindergarten a few years back (um ... in the very early 90s). After participating in Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University through our church, I've also examined the reasons I purchase all of the "stuff" we fills our lives with. As a result of both my desire to develop 'green' habits and my desire to spend more on real needs and (far!) less on wants, I'm repurposing items in our home that have outgrown their original purpose.

The item I'm sharing today has been around since Mister J was a baby. I repurposed it when Miss M was around a year old - about two years ago. Originally, it was a travel container for liquid gold - that is, Mister J's baby formula. So, what have I done with it? It now serves as a storage container for Miss M's ponytail holders. (OK, so those ponytail holders aren't very 'green' - it's a process!) I have also used it to keep her bows from getting smooshed when we travel!

Check it out!

















I'm always excited to repurpose items or get 're-newed' things that I can put to use in my home. What items have you repurposed to some new, unexpected use?

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11 comments:

New momma said...

What a great idea! Thanks for sharing it.

Sarah said...

Good idea! We have hung on to the bottle brush for washing dishes. It fits into the nalgene water bottles, the bottom of a glass, etc.

Jessica said...

What a great idea! I have been trying to find a good way to contain all those tiny ponytail holders. I have several of those containers just sitting in the closet. They are going to be put to use now!

RLR said...

Sarah - You are absolutely right! We still use the bottle brush, too!

Megan at Simple Kids said...

Oh my goodness! What a fantastic solution - great example of repurposing. We are all about repurposing all kinds of things in our house.

We are BIG FPU fans, too.

It Feels Like Chaos said...

Awesome!! I love repurposing!

Andrea said...

Great idea!
We love Dave Ramsey too! He is the reason I sleep well at night - debt free!
Repurposing is great! I was trying to think of how we've done that around here and my first thought was cloth diapers. I use infant sized prefolds as doublers at night and have cut up extra fleece blankets as "stay dry feeling" liners.
I'd love to see what else you've repurposed!!! What a great post!

Judy @ Frugal at Home said...

Great idea! My daughter has a lot of "hair stuff."
Thanks for visiting my blog today--I really enjoy meeting other bloggers this way!

R. Brian McCarty said...

Enjoyed reading this post by you. In these times, families have to find a way to make things work without spending a lot money. You offer a great example.

Jane Anne said...

I LOVE the idea for the formula container!! And I was just about to get rid of mine since they are just wasting space on the tupperware shelf! Thanks for sharing this one- it works for me, too.

Sarah said...

OK, now that's a fabulous idea. I have hair bows coming out of my ears around here. the question is, do i still have my little formula holder, and how long will it take me to find it...