Top 50 things you should never throw away

Top 50 things you should never throw away BLOG Wednesday 3rd November 2021



Top 50 things you should never throw away


Even though the current trend is to “Marie Kondo” your space and keep it to a bare minimum, that doesn’t mean you should toss anything and everything in your home. There are plenty of objects that you can reuse to keep your house organized and clean. Here are 50 unique examples.

  1. Old socks

Any form of this footwear with holes in it may seem useless on the surface, but there are tons of clever and sneaky uses for these items post-wearing. The most ingenious? Using them as mitts to dust things like blinds and bookshelves!

  1. Reusable takeout containers

Why toss these items when you can turn them into reusable Tupperware? You’ll save money and the environment! (Many black takeout containers can’t be recycled so end up in the landfill.)

  1. Old toothbrushes

You know all those hard-to-clean places like in between tiles or along counter edges? They can be buffed and polished with the use of these bristles.

  1. Towels

As towels age they can lose their plushness, but that doesn’t mean you should chuck them. Keep old bits around to help you polish silverware or your car. You can even use them as rags to clean everyday objects like the sink.

  1. Margarine containers

These plastic tubs are perfect for storing loose objects in the tool shed like nails, nuts or bolts. Label the container with a Sharpie so it’s clear what’s inside.

  1. Mason jars

Some foodstuffs now come in cute containers like mason jars, which can be reused in a multitude of ways. Use them for lunch, as a water glass or as a vase.

  1. Spice jars

Once these containers are empty, they’re perfect storage for art supplies (think glitter and sparkles) for the little ones. You can also refill them using spices you buy in bulk at your local dry-goods store.

  1. Shoe boxes

When you buy a pair of shoes, don’t immediately toss the box. Organizational experts advocate for keeping them to store your shoes in permanently. Simply take a photo of the shoes and place it on the box so you know which pair of steppers is inside.

  1. Broken crayons

Breathe new life into these items by melting them down into a new crayon creation. Here are some instructions to get you started!

  1. Old Halloween costumes

Oct. 31 shouldn’t be the only time you allow your kids to express their imagination through dress-up. (Researchers say it can make them extra creative later in life.) Create a tickle trunk full of playful objects they can use year-round.

  1. Used hair ties

Don’t go out and buy elastic bands or clips if you have these objects lying around. They can be used to seal all kinds of items from chip bags to open containers of dried goods.

  1. Dish soap containers

After a thorough cleaning, these squeezable bottles can be used to dole out the perfect amount of pancake batter onto a griddle or salad dressing onto a salad.

  1. Egg cartons

There are so many different uses for these cardboard boxes, it would almost be nonsensical to toss them. From storing Christmas ornaments to freezing individuals portions of foodstuffs (like cookie dough or meatballs), they’re made for everyday use. Also they make brilliant kids craft material to be creative.

  1. Old shirts

These ratty old objects are perfect for using in dog crates or as cleaning rags (dusters). If you’re moving, you can also use them to wrap precious objects like artwork.

  1. Tablecloths

Need a drop cloth for a home renovation project? Old, stained tablecloths are just what you need! They can protect your floor from paint droplets and the dust that goes along with a reno. That’s right dust sheets.

  1. Dull knives

Revive old knives by buffing them on a polishing stone or by taking them to a local knife sharpener. They can also be used to cut things like cardboard or construction paper.

  1. Cereal bags

One of the most ingenious uses for these seemingly useless objects is to cut them into small squares that can be placed between various cuts of meat when you freeze them. You can also use them to crush up things like nuts or crackers if you need that for baking.

  1. Tissue boxes

When the Kleenex in these runs out, you can reuse them for the sneakiest and most awesome organizational purpose: to store plastic bags! You can pull the bags out one-by-one just like you would tissue.

  1. Paper bags

You know that unripened apple you have sitting on your counter? Wrap it with one of these bags and you’ll have a piece of fruit you can eat in a day or two. Here are some other clever uses for these bags!

  1. Paper towel rolls

These handy items can be used to organize hard-to-untangle objects like power cords and extra cables. Some even suggest you can use them to store office supplies. Also again, perfect for kids creative crafts.

  1. Gold jewelry

Whether you opt to have the jewels transformed by a professional into something you’d wear, or sell them at a pawn shop, gold should never be thrown out.

  1. Newspaper

One of the oldest eco-house-cleaning tricks in the book is to use newspaper to clean windows or mirrors (in place of paper towels). The item doesn’t leave behind fibres or residue! Again brilliant for papier mache for kid’s crafts.

  1. Loofahs

Old bath sponges can be reused in the most ingenious way: to wash cars and clean windows! Simply soak them in a bucket of suds and get scrubbing.

  1. Lampshades

Many a home blogger has made a living off of suggesting ways to revamp an old or outdated lampshade. Because why toss something when you can reuse it? Here are a few tips to get you started!

  1. Half-used candles

If you have bits of old candles lying around, there’s a super simple way to minimize the amount of space they take up: melt them together!

  1. Tin foil

If you’re a baker, you’ll understand the struggle that is cooking with hardened brown sugar. Luckily this wrap can help! Put some of the sweet stuff in the foil then bake for five minutes at 300 F (149 C). You’ll end up with usable sugar!


Plastic milk bottles

These contraptions are perfect for using as a scoop when their lifespan as a milk bag holder has come to an end. Simply cut them in half or quarters to make the size of lifter you need.

  1. Pool noodles

If your house has some sharp edges that need extra padding, cut up an old pool noodle and use it as a bumper. You can also use pool noodles as a divider in drawers when you don’t want certain objects to bounce around.

  1. Milk cartons

Cut these liquid holders up and give them a good cleaning. Once all the milk residue has been washed away, fill with dirt and plant seedlings that you can transplant to larger pots come the spring.

  1. Ice cube trays

When the usefulness of these trays has run its course, dry them out and fill with small odds and ends you find lying around your house, like screws or nails. You can store them on the shelf of a tool room or in your basement.

  1. Coffee canisters/tins

Have loose change? Store it in these jars! Set a date each year to take the change to the bank where you can cash in!

  1. Wine bottles

f you want a unique way to display your plants, consider a new trend on Pinterest: cutting wine bottles into DIY planters.

  1. Old cookbooks

Instead of chucking or donating these items, do as dozens of people on YouTube have done and turn them into a one-of-a-kind knife block.

  1. Mesh produce bags

These handy grocery shopping bags can wear and tear after a few uses, but that doesn’t mean they should be tossed in the garbage. Wash them, and hang them in the bathroom as storage for kids’ toys or miscellaneous objects. You can even tote them to the beach!

  1. Baskets

No one has ever said “I wish I had fewer baskets to store things in,” especially in today’s day and age where Marie Kondo suggests everything be sorted into baskets based on their use. So hold onto any of these items that you receive as a gift or as part of a shipment. Your home will be more organized as a result.

  1. Gift bags

There are always birthdays or big events that require some sort of gift be given, so save your spare change and reuse bags you’ve been given in the past. Store them in an old basket so you know where to find them when you need them.

  1. Bread tags

Who knew these tags could help you get organized!? Use them to label everything from wine glasses at a party to cords plugged into an electrical outlet.

  1. Wine boxes

Given these boxes have all sorts of dividers, you can store everything from shoes to ties to shirts in them. They’re especially ideal for stashing seasonal items in. (You can simply stack the boxes and store them in your basement until the seasons change again!)

  1. Garden hoses

Given the durability of a garden hose, it can be sliced up to repair a number of objects like handles on old baskets or to cover outdoor door handles that have become worn.

  1. Twist ties

These handy items can be used to organize just about everything, including power cords or cables. Simply coil the items you want to store, then wrap these malleable ties around them.

  1. Disposable razors

When the life of your shaver has come to an end, you can give it a second chance as a de-linter. Simply run it along a wool sweater to remove pills or pulls!

  1. Tin cans

If you’re a lover of bacon or even frying food, you’ll know that you always need some cans on hand to hold grease and fat run-off. This is where tin cans come in handy! Pour the fluids into them, let them harden then scoop everything into your organic waste bin. You can reuse specific cans as needed.

  1. Binders

These organizers aren’t just for school projects! With the help of a hole punch, you can keep everything from household manuals to your tax receipts laid out in a clear and organized fashion.

  1. Plastic clothes hangers

You know those hangers you often get with the purchase of pants? The ones with clips? Chop them up and keep the clips for use on chip bags or snack pack

  1. CD cases

Even though CDs have gone the way of the dodo, there’s still a use to buying a CD case: it’s a great organizational tool! You can store everything from DVDs to seeds in the little slats.

  1. Milk crates

Is there anything a milk crate can’t do? It can act as a storage shelf if hung on the wall, or as a bookshelf for magazines and books.

  1. Stockings

If you want to buff and shine a table or a fine piece of furniture, use an old pair of nylons! They’ll give a nice final finish to objects that have had a coat of wax or varnish applied to them.

  1. Flower pots/Plant pots

If you get a plant as a gift, but find your plant outgrows the pot at some point, be sure to keep it! You can store small objects in it or even plant seedlings for future use.

  1. Soap trays

With a good rinse, these little trays can be reused as a catch-all for everything from keys to loose change. Store them in your bedside table for access to things you use overnight (like ear plugs), or at the front door so you can empty your pockets as soon as you enter the house.

  1. Carpet pieces

Once your carpet is no longer usable in a room, chop it up and adhere it to large objects that you move around regularly (think a bookshelf or trunk). The carpet will make the article easier to move, but will also prevent it from scratching the floor. Cut into small pieces they make the perfect coaster, for wine glasses, tumblers, mugs and cups.

  1. On the other hand go into de-clutter overdrive and dump the lot!

 REMEMBER: The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.

– Nicolas Chamfort


(1) If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things. Albert Einstein

(2) Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. Albert Einstein


Happiness is…isn’t it


The best thing about good old days is that we were neither good nor old.


Love is…when your differences make no difference


A time never to throw anything away…A time to declutter and dump everything.


3rd November

1783 The highwayman John Austin was the last person to be publicly hanged at London’s Tyburn gallows.

1838 The Times of India was founded, as The Bombay Times and Journal of Commerce. According to Audit Bureau of Circulations, it has the largest circulation among all English-language newspapers in the world,

1843 The statue of English Admiral Horatio Nelson was raised to the top of Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square, London. The operation was completed on the 4th when the statue’s two sections were assembled. (Note:- Nelson was born in Burnham Thorpe – Norfolk. His home was demolished in 1803

1906 The signing of an international radio agreement at Berlin approved SOS as the radio telegraph distress call for ships at sea, a distress signal that had been adopted by Germany on 1st April 1905. With multiple distress calls already in use, it took years for SOS to become the standard distress signal. Prior to the agreement, in 1904, the Marconi company suggested the use of CQD for a distress signal, a derivation of CQ commonly used by telegraphers and wireless operators to address all stations at once. CQ followed by D meant distress. A strict interpretation would be “All stations, Distress.”



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