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7 Items You Can Reuse To Create Functional Space In Your Home

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There is no limit to your creativity. Inside your own home, you can be as creative as you want, without having to sacrifice an arm or a leg. One way to achieve this is by repurposing or reusing materials to make them more functional.

Here are some items that you can reuse and repurpose to create functional spaces in your home:

1.  Wood Pallets

Usually, wood pallets are used in the storage or shipment of large goods. Sometimes, you get too many deliveries and are left with a lot of wood pallets. Fret not because you can actually do a lot with these containers. With a little creativity, you can turn these into decorative pieces, storage cases, or even furniture.

As decoration, you can use wood pallets in your garden. You may put them up vertically against the wall, then, carefully put the plants in the spaces between the wood pallets. On the other hand, for storage, you can simply have these things in your garage to help you organize your things.

As furniture, you can convert a wood pallet into a coffee table. Lay it on your living room, then, attach cylindrical or cubic objects to all four corners, serving as its four legs. Place a glass on top of the repurposed wood pallet, and there you have it–a unique coffee table that didn’t put a dent in your wallet!  If ever you are having trouble looking for a wood pallet, you can check out Challenger Pallet & Supply for viable options.

2.  Broken Picture Frame

Picture frames tend to be so fragile, thus they’re susceptible to breaking with just one wrong move. But, when you have a broken picture frame at home, don’t throw it out right away. Instead, create a new organizer out of it where you can hang your earrings.

The first thing that you need to do is to take the glass out of the frame and keep the base. Then, use some wires and place them parallel to each other on every row. Use the wires to hang up your earrings. This is an inexpensive way to organize your earrings. At the same time, it does not take up much space as well.

3.  Old Baskets

If you have some old baskets that look as if they’re already falling apart, know that you still can put them into good use. You may repurpose the baskets into recycling bins for your home.

Just get your old baskets and clean them up a bit. You can start patching up the holes or repairing the parts that were torn. Then, you can start labeling each basket according to the recyclable materials that you will put in them. Examples of things that can be tossed into these recycle bins are plastic, paper, cardboard, and aluminum cans. You’ll be doing the environment and your home a favor.

4.  Broken Crayons And Empty Jars

You can actually create colorful candles using broken crayons and empty jars.

First, melt your crayons and pour each color into an empty jar, preferably made of glass. Do not forget to put the wick in the middle of the jar before you start pouring melted crayons, which will serve as wax for your candle. 

The candles you’ll be creating will surely add touches of interesting colors to your home’s interiors.

5.  Damaged Or Old Desks

Old desks can also be turned into functional pieces in your own home. For one, you can make a nightstand out of a worn-out desk. Simply chop off the middle part and leave the cabinets. If the desk is rusty, sand off all the surfaces. Then, you just need to paint the repurposed desk to match the theme or motif of your bedroom. 

6.         Plastic Bottles

If you frequently drink soft drinks, you’re bound to have some plastic bottles around. Don’t throw them away just yet because you can still put it into good use. One of the ways you can use it is to convert it into vases.

To make vases, you can be creative with it. You can start by cleaning the bottle then cutting it in half. With the use of some painting materials, you can paint on the empty bottles and design them however you want it to look like. Once done, you can put some soil into it and plant your flowers. 

In addition to that, you can also use empty bottles and turn them into watering cans for your plants. Just keep the bottle and drill some holes into the cap. Viola, you now have a watering can for your garden.

Instead of buying buckets to use on the beach, you can just reuse old bottles and cut them in half. Then, you can use both halves as buckets to make sandcastles on the beach for your kids.

7.         Toilet Paper Rolls

You can also reuse toilet paper rolls for your home. Have you ever had too many wires and cables? Well, with a box and toilet paper rolls, you can now organize your cables. Just put the toilet rolls in rows inside your box, then, put the wires and cables inside each roll. 


Even if things are broken or old, you can, still, find ways to make them functional once again. The ones enumerated above are just examples of items that you can use to create functional and decorative pieces in your home. 

Clay Miller
the authorClay Miller
I am the creator/writer of and I'm an advocate for oceans, beaches, state parks. I enjoy all things outdoors (e.g. running, golf, gardening, hiking, etc.) I am a graduate of the University of Kentucky (Go Wildcats!!). I'm also a huge fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers. I was born and raised in the beautiful state of Kentucky.

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