31 days of Loving Where You Live: Day 15, Use What You Have

I’ve gotten to be very intentional about what comes into my home. I don’t like a cluttered home so I think hard before I bring something in that I don’t already know where it’s going to go or that I don’t instantly love. The problem is I have a hard time getting rid of things that should probably be put in the garbage. But I feel good about finding new uses for items and teaching my kids to think before throwing things out. Here are some things I’ve made from recycling possible throw-a-way items.

Mail Sorter from IKEA carrier

Glitter Bottles from Izze drink bottles

Homework Caddy made from IKEA carrier, Crystal Light containers and an old map

Flower Vases from Coke bottles

Candy Filled Pumpkins from lemonade bottles

Matching Art Containers from mismatched buckets

Shoe Travel Bags made from sheet set packaging

Bookmarks out of food boxes

Bracelet using magazine pages

Woven Baskets out of magazines


Magazine Holder from cereal box


Pretty Buttons from egg cartons

recycled egg carton buttons by pretty little things


What things can you recycle and find new uses for that are already in your home? Think about what you can do with something before you throw it out.

See you tomorrow for the next post in the series 31 days of Loving Where You Live: Make It Welcoming

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  • Emily October 15, 2012, 7:43 am

    I love the glitter bottles – so pretty!

  • Maria. October 16, 2012, 5:53 pm

    I am a firm believer in making the most of what we have & using what we have as there is just so much waste in our world . I really appreciated this post . Thank you !

  • Lauri Ward October 17, 2012, 2:08 pm

    Hi Leeannja,

    Just want to say how clever and well-done I think your projects are. Keep up the great work

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