In my new era of DIY-ing, I’ve come to realize there are so many things I’ve given away or otherwise replaced in the past that I now know could have simply been repurposed – saving time, money, and energy all around – as well as adding a certain homey charm and truly unique decor to our home.
This cute little wine rack was always a fave, so I never got rid of it, though just haven’t been able to find the right place for it for a few years now. It’s a lightweight wrought-iron with an inset resin wood-grain top that, a couple rounds ago, I painted white, with a metallic champagne for the inset. Continue reading
We’ve all heard the phrase Reduce-Reuse-Recycle. Over the years, I’ve gotten progressively more engaged with these ideas, and now I feel guilty anytime I don’t… reduce, reuse, or recycle. I’ve eliminated our trash can at home, replacing with a large recycle bin and composting, and now find there are really only tiny amounts of “garbage.” It’s been an interesting process to realize how much we threw out before that could have gone to better use! I’m of the mind now that unless it’s hazardous waste, there is probably some way to put it back into the stream.
Today, I thought I’d describe my personal upcycle/recycle process when it comes to clothing, which is one of the easiest (and most fun ;) ways to begin incorporating a more eco-friendly approach in household consumption. Minimizing my wardrobe is a continual work in progress, so as I do, I want to make sure that I make the most of what I’ve got and have already soaked up in terms of resources. A lot of this can apply to other items throughout the house, too.
My mantra over the last few years has been “Simplify.” Each time the New Year rolls around, I renew my dedication to this principle – and this year is no exception. This journey is very much a work in progress, though the more I get down this road, the more I realize that the key to simplifying successfully is to find just a few things that work in my home and life for a number of different purposes.
Using up and whittling down the excess starts to get more clear and a whole lot easier this way. As I identify the hard-core multi-taskers of daily life, it’s helping me have to manage less, buy less, and be able to do the things I enjoy a lot more. This concept seems to apply well across the board, whether it’s wardrobe, cleaning products, cooking ingredients, or what have you. I’ve found that one of the most effective tools to rise to the top of my utility scale are glass jars. Continue reading
At our last house, storage was at a premium. We made a significant downsize to take advantage of a rare, gorgeous wooded lot with a creek and waterfall (in Texas!), and it was taking a lot of creativity to sort out where and how to put things in our new home. We also wanted to ensure that our nice collection of heirloom dishes wasn’t just stashed in a box in the garage… which is where it was until we could squeeze some more space out of our place. So I trolled craigslist for a couple weeks, in search of a large, solid wood hutch to place in the dining room. Continue reading