Old is New Again


I am enjoying my repurposing adventure so far this year. I love taking things and using them for something else.

On this Frugal Friday I’d like to share with you a portion of a recent e-newsletter from Real Simple. In an article titled9 Stain-Fighting New Uses they take common things around the house, such as lemon peel, baby powder and baby wipes, and show us how to use them in totally different ways.

Case in point. One of the money-saving ideas is pictured above: using a colander as a laundry aid. Here’s what they say about that:

Hand-launder delicates. A colander shields them from any residue in the sink that can harm the fabric, such as peroxide from toothpaste or caustic agents from cleansers.

Do they know me or what? You better believe I was interested in reading more. The article on Real Simple’s site is called “New Uses for Old Things” and you can find it here.

Repurposed Tissue Box


In my 2012 quest to better organize my home, I decided that “repurposing” is my main goal for the year.

Here is one of the most simple and frugal ways I could think of to store the lids for our plastic storage containers. This is simply an empty tissue box with its top cut off. I reinforced the corners with a bit of clear tape and voila!

I didn’t have to spend any money and it serves my purposes perfectly!