Although spring has past it’s never too late to do some spring cleaning. Reorganizing and restyling is always great but this season, do so with the environment in mind. Instead of throwing your old stuff out think about recycling it instead. You can help out your community in the process. Places like Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore (http://www.habitat.org/env/restores.aspx), Goodwill (goodwill.org), or hardware restoration stores such as Rejuvenation Hardware (www.rejuvenation.com) in Portland and Seattle. These stores are all open to the public and are great places to get antiques and other unique pieces. Another way to recycle is to reuse them to hold nicknacks, flowers, and other items in your room. This person even made a light fixture using mason jars (http://4ze.us/XGE)!
Glass jars are also great for centerpieces and to use as candle holders. The uses are almost endless. See how creative you can get with materials you would have otherwise through away. Make a collage out of labels, ticket stubs, and bottle caps to memorialize a fun event or just as a great wall decoration and to personalize any room. Also if you need to take a beverage to go, mason jars are a great reusable option.
Cookie tins and old cigar boxes are other items which are easily recycled in your home. They are great for holding all sorts of things. My favorite use is being used as a memory box or to hold photos. They also add great character and can have some cool stories behind them as well. I hope these tips were helpful and that when you next clean house, you will recycle your unwanted items to help both the environment and your community!
See you next week!