5 Items to Repurpose to Live More Eco-Friendly

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5 Items to Repurpose to Live More Eco-Friendly

The age of social distancing, working from home, and hybrid learning is the perfect time to get your space organized for optimum green-friendly use. Being home more can make your home feel small. 

If you are committed to living a greener earth-friendly life, there are small steps you can take to make a big impact and create a new lifestyle for you and your family.

Glass Jars and Bottles

  • Create flower vases you can use around the house.
  • Use an empty glass jar to transfer food purchased in bulk.
  • Create a hanging spice rack using glass jars or bottles to free up cabinet and counter space.
  • Be earth conscious by using glass jars to store homemade cleaning solutions.
  • Place bathroom essentials in glass jars to save space and keep toiletries neatly within reach.

Portable Carts

  • Repurpose a rolling tool cart as a moving kitchen island.
  • Create a bedside table using an old microwave or bar cart.
  • Upcycle your bar cart to create a space saving coffee station.
  • Use a microwave cart to expand your bathroom storage. Fill the cart with towels and toiletries.
  • Add extra office organization with a bar cart perfect for storing paper, pens, and office supplies.


  • Upcycle shelving as a headboard with extra storage. Add a nice pop of color with fabric bins or baskets.
  • Create a coffee table from an old bookcase or china cabinet. The upcycled table will be perfect for blankets.
  • Use a bookcase to create a container garden to keep veggies, flowers or herbs perfectly separated.
  • Repurpose a shelving unit to create a kitchen island with shelf space for small appliances and utensils.
  • Find a new use for an old china cabinet in the pantry. The cabinet is great for organizing pantry items with the built-in shelves.

Closet Organizers

  • Store bathroom tissue and paper towels in a hanging organizer perfect for hanging on the linen closet door.
  • Fabric hanging organizers meant for sweaters and shirts have the perfect size spaces for board games or any other game night supplies. Hang the repurposed item in your cot closet.
  • Use a hanging closet organizer as a place for shoe or bag storage by turning it on it’s side.
  • Use a closet organizer in the garage or shed to separate tools.
  • Give your spice rack a new home on the pantry door with a hanging organizer to save shelf space.

Drawer and Utensil Organizers

  • Create a jewelry organizer by adding hooks to a drawer organizer.
  • Create a “drop zone” near your entryway by repurposing a silverware tray or basket with designated slots for keys, wallets, sunglasses, or other items you grab on your way out or drop on your way in.
  • Turn a drawer organizer into a tea or coffee tray using the slots to organize beverage flavors, sweeteners, spoons or stirs.
  • Use a drawer or utensil organizer on the coffee table to organize remotes, coasters, matches or other frequently used items.
  • Organize craft supplies with a utensil tray. The divided spaces are great for storing beads, thread and more.

Ready to get started on your next repurposing project? If you don’t own some of the items featured in this article, you can find great items like these on ctbids.com. Search any of the items on CTBids to take the first step toward purchasing a new storage item to repurpose.



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