A picture of my garbage can on the counter.

Making do vs. buying new and minimalism. Minimalism to me means being content with what I have and instead of clicking BUY NOW. I wait. And think. Can I borrow, find, thrift, or repurpose? I used to scoff at my father using peanut butter jars for paint or resusing milk bags for food storage. That’s not what the cool kids do, right?! And alas, here I am, with years behind me and with four kids embracing the same. Reusability of items and making do. Thanks, dad. I finally listened. Today on the blog, I’m sharing about how to reuse ten items to save you money.

  1. The blog image above is my protein powder container in all its glory as a bathroom garbage can (on the counter no less because the toddler dumps out the garbage on the regular).
  2. Shampoo bottle for holding dish soap.
  3. Kitty litter plastic bucket for under the sink cleaning supply bucket.
  4. Mason jars given to use for water glasses.
  5. Scrap wood to make a pencil holder like this.
  6. Using leftover jute to make simple DIY macramé plant holders.
  7. Empty spray bottles from old cleaning supplies to use for a veggie spray wash.
  8. Small cardboard boxes to use for sorting items.
  9. Leftover fabric to make cloth wipes.
  10. Redoing a coffee table a friend gave us.

(Now tally up all that amount that I saved by not purchasing new…at least $200!).

PS if you love the idea of repurposing and want some more ideas, I found 20 more ideas you may find useful. You can receive that list for free by emailing me at simplehomemom@gmail.com.

PPS And my friends I’ve met through Tips for Minimal Living tip Tuesdays shared some great making do/reusing items too…you can find their tips here:
3 Ways To Living More Minimal By Making Do Without Buying New

Making Do vs. Buying New

5 Ways to Make Do with Groceries

Hi, I’m Kelly! I’m a mother of four children - three boys, one toddler girl - and our family lives on the beautiful east coast of Canada. I’m a past elementary teacher, turned stay at home, work at home mom eight years ago after I had my second child. I’ve found that the busier I’ve become and as my children age, that it’s become even more important to figure out what is most important to me and us as a family. Living a simpler lifestyle has helped us in so many ways in our home life - from better routines to faster tidying up times. It has been through my children that I have been inspired to learn how to effectively manage my time and to simplify in all areas of my home and life. I enjoy helping busy moms simplify home life by teaching flexible planning methods and skills. Enjoyed this blog and think it would be helpful to others? I'd love if you shared it. Thank you!