When Life Hands You a Jar, Reuse It.

Tips For Reusing Items Around Your Home For Decor - The Calm Collective

Hi guys! Hope you all had an awesome weekend.  Mine was filled with a lot of amazing shoots (a courthouse ceremony and two boudoir sessions) So I’m feeling pretty inspired and ready for a brand new week. It’s a shorter one, though, as I leave on Thursday for Tulum for a dear friend’s bachelorette party!  (bringing this suit that I was raving about on my IG story last week!) I can’t wait – though I feel like the heat in Chicago is going to be identical to the heat in Mexico (fall, where are you though, really?)  Per usual, I’ll be posting on my IG stories quite frequently if you care to follow along!


Today I wanted to chat with you about home decor. Something I’m insanely passionate about (as you probably know from my images of the #tccloft) But where a couple of years ago I’d be out at Home Goods or World Market spending lots of money on new decor items just for the sake of changing things up (as I so love to do), these days, I’m getting creative around my own house and reusing things to bring new decor into my life.

Say what?

Let me explain.

Tips For Reusing Items Around Your Home For Decor - The Calm Collective

Candles for instance, are something that I buy frequently since they bring me so much joy and make me feel calm. I’m willing to spend the money on this, but instead of wasting the glass and sometimes insanely beautiful jars that they come in, I’ve found ways to reuse them around my home.

Below are some of the other items you might have lying around that you can reuse. The human condition is to go out and buy more stuff.  Allow this to be a practice of recognizing what you already have, and seeing how you can use it in creative ways.

How to Reuse Common Items In Your House:


Reusing Candle Jars

  • Makeup brush holder
  • Q-tip holder
  • Lipstick holder
  • Kitchen soap holder (hides the labels and makes it look clean)
  • Remote holder on your coffee table
  • Hair tie holder
  • Loose change jar
  • Keys, sunglasses, wallet holder
  • Receipt holder
  • Flower vase

Tips For Reusing Items Around Your Home For Decor - The Calm Collective

Reusing Wine/Alcohol Bottles

  • Flower/plant vase
  • Twinkle light holder as access lighting

Tips For Reusing Items Around Your Home For Decor - The Calm Collective

Photo from my Instagram


Reusing Magazines

  • Take out pages to use as part of your gallery wall
  • Take out pages to use as part of your vision board
  • Stack select magazines of the same color on your bookshelf (I do this with my Kinfolk magazines)

Tips For Reusing Items Around Your Home For Decor - The Calm Collective

Photo from my Instagram (pink floral photo is from a magazine)


Reusing Food Jars (pickles, olives, jam, etc)

  • Flower vase
  • Coin collector
  • Dried beans/grains/pasta to display in your kitchen
  • Candles (buy soy wax, wicks and oils to make your own)

So there you have it! A few simple ways to reduce clutter, and find value and purpose for the items laying around your home.  This is also a super healthy way to stay mindful when shopping.  I now ask myself every single time, “could I reuse this for anything?”  If I can, I’m more swayed in the direction of buying, if not, I definitely take some time to pause and second guess.  Hope this helps! x


Tips For Reusing Items Around Your Home For Decor - The Calm Collective

 

 

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