Giving unwanted items a new lease of life

Lately, I’ve been doing some serious de-cluttering around the house. Inspired by Marie Kondo (if you’ve not seen it yet, check out and Jen, the genius behind, I embarked on a mission to get rid of the years of accumulated stuff and things that we owned. This was all going well until I discovered and the inspirational zero waste lifestyle that Lauren Singer had begun.

Ah. Quandary. Torn between my love of my new found space and the guilt of binning so many things, I needed to work out how to de-junk our home without adding to the endless volume of landfill. The obvious solution for the items that were in good condition was to give them to friends, family and local charity shops, but I also wanted to think a bit more creatively about how I could potentially find new uses for things we’d owned for a while, or that were a little damaged or dented.

Here’s a couple of the ideas that I came up with. See what you think.

Giving unwanted items a new lease of life on

The lids from these ceramic canisters were chipped, so they have now been re-purposed as herb-planters and will look a treat on the windowsill. All they needed was a small drainage hole in the base (a metal drill-bit worked well and avoided cracking the ceramic).

Giving unwanted items a new lease of life on And this has turned out to be a fantastic solution to banishing ugly plastic bottles from bathroom whilst giving a new lease of life to an old decanter. Never before has mouthwash looked so good!

I’ve also re-painted an old picture frame and turned a decrepit dressing table into a funky console table (more on those to come, but I have realised that, overall, upcycling is not one of my particular strengths).

What items have you found new uses for? Keep those ideas coming!

Thanks for reading,




  1. 30th May 2015 / 7:56 pm

    I love both of these ideas! I’m going to have a rummage tomorrow through some old pottery to upcycle into planters. The decanter idea is so beautiful I wish I had one!

    • 31st May 2015 / 6:56 pm

      So glad you like! Thanks so much for reading. You can get decanters for next to nothing in charity shops. Happy searching 🙂

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