My grandpants used everything...

United States
January 7, 2010 9:23am CST
Seriously, they didn't throw hardly anything away! They used cigar boxes or any boxes to store all kinds of little things. I remember pill bottles that were used for pins, needles and even buttons! Does anyone even save buttons anymore? We have gotten to where we waste so much.. do you reuse anything to store items? What do you save to use for other things?
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@katsalot1 (1619)
7 Jan 10
I have always re-used things. In fact I only throw things away when I've exhausted all possible reasonable uses that I can think of! I make rag rugs from T-shirts and stretchy material. Patchwork cushions etc. from cotton material. Lots of things like shelf units and boxes from paper, magazines and cardboard - it's amazing what you can make with paper mache. I use a plastic containers for a variety of thins like using them as seed trays, for mixing paint, plant containers etc. - I have even used old welly boots to grow plants in. For things that I really can't use, or that are too good to recycle, I take them to charity shops. Oh yes - I have always saved buttons!
• United States
7 Jan 10
My daddy used to make us rugs from old T-shirts and rags.It was amazing to watch used up clothes and rags become a beautiful rug with character!I don't know why he stopped, maybe we all grew up and now he doesn't have enough old shirts and such! I used allkinds of things when I used to live in the country.
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@katsalot1 (1619)
10 Jan 10
Thanks for the BR! Another nice thing about using your old clothes to make things from is that you are reminded of things by the bits of material - like remembering a day out when you wore that particular shirt or something.
• United States
10 Jan 10
You're welcome, thanx for the response! I guess the rugs can be sort of like quilts, full of memories!
@Theresaaiza (10454)
• Australia
8 Jan 10
I am so poor at keeping things because I hate seeing them clutter the house even if I knew I could really use them someday. I just run out of ideas how. BUttons and pins however, I keep them because I can use them.
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• United States
8 Jan 10
Yeah, a lot of people don't care for clutter! I know I have to have spots for things so I can keep them organized, then I don't feel to bad about it. There are places to drop off plastics to be recycled, walmart takes the plastic bags and recycles them too. Household items if you dont' have a use for them they can go to goodwill or other thrift stores instead of in the trash heaps!
@lelin1123 (15645)
• Puerto Rico
7 Jan 10
Funny I do have a can full of buttons of all sizes and colors. I do reuse tissue boxes on my nightstand. It holds a nightlight, pen, a bottle of vicks. I have a nice shape bottle of mouthwash and that bottle will be reused for a sand project. I will fill it with different color sand and design for decoration. The tubes from toilet paper and paper towels are good for packages that you mail out to protect items that may break.
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• United States
7 Jan 10
Great job reusing stuff! I use old boxes and such for pens and desk type stuff too! Hadn't thought about using toilet rolls for packing and mailing stuff! thanx
• United States
7 Jan 10
I make envelopes out of old used paper. Like a bill that came to me in the mail. I will fold it up and glue the edges together. I then slip my mail inside of it. i do remove my account number and stuff.
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• United States
7 Jan 10
I haven't thought about using sheets of paper for envelopes. I'll have to check that one out,it sounds like a great idea! thanx
• Philippines
7 Jan 10
Hi Macdingolinger, I may have gotten this trait from my grandmother. Yes, grandparents are like that. They keep anything they see lying anywhere which the consider to be of use in the future. I have lots of buttons in my sewing box. I have lots of hooks and eyes, too. Like my grandmother, I love sewing. I started to sew when I was 10 years years. I still recycle zippers, buttons, hooks and eyes that I see in tattered clothes. Before these tattered clothes "transform" into rags, I salvage the aforementioned items. They really come handy when "emergencies" come.
• United States
7 Jan 10
Wow! I haven't heard of anyone saving zippers since I ws a kid! Yeah for you! I think that's a great thing to do especially if you have the gift of sewing!!! Great job!!
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
7 Jan 10
My grandparents were the same. And to some extent, my parents were too. I think they even tried to impart the practice to me. But I think it just adds to the clutter. So I try not to. I recycle plastic containers and such, but I mean put them in a recycle bin, and not use it personally. I think the only thing I re-use are gift bags.
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• United States
7 Jan 10
I don't think things are as "re-useable" as they used to be either. Some of their value used to come from being able to use them for more than once. Now we don't as a society plan for multi-use. I do think recycling is very important. Almost everything can be recycled in some way and kept out of trash heaps!
@nanayangel (7803)
• Philippines
7 Jan 10
Hi there! That's really great! They are doing their part in fighting against climate change. The three R's: Reduce, reuse, and recycle. I save buttons and I use them for scrapbooking.
• United States
7 Jan 10
Oh yeah, my daughter does scrapbooking! That's a great idea!Thanks!!