My name is Sharon.
I'm a packrat.
Welcome to the first virtual meeting of PRA, Pack Rats Anonymous.
After revisiting my post about Organizing and Time to "Fess Up" and it's follow up, Confessions for last week's Alphabe-Thursday's letter "O", I decided to follow up with some support for those of us who can't stand the waste in our "throw away" society. It seemed natural to host a blog hop as therapy. So, today's post is just that. I'll share some of my reduce/reuse/recycle and more importantly, upcycle ideas and you can join in and share some of yours, practical and otherwise! It will be like a Packrat Party!
I'll start. Let's get the worst out of the way...in an effort to use/recycle papers/cardboard as a base for mulch and lasagne beds in the garden, I generally have a supply of empty cardboard boxes and stacks of newspapers in the garage that make my husband cringe. But, it's all for a good cause!
Here are other reduce/reuse/recycle/upcycle posts I've shared in the past:
There's Snowmen and Angels with recycled button eyes and accessories.
Second Hand about teaching my kids how to be thrifty about clothing.
The posts from last week, like the Greenhouse, about the greenhouse we made from water pipe that was pulled from our well when the pump had to be replaced, parts of an old metal shed and a dog kennel.
Or an Upcycled Old Sock that was my daughter's favorite. I turned it into a cute plastice grocery bag holder.
I reuse my old cloth diapers or flannel shirts as pads for applying Compresses, Poultices, Plasters and Fomentations.
Or for covering a sore throat after applying Clear Head Vapor Ointment, we keep several old stained turtlenecks on hand.
We have a stereo in the kitchen. See the speakers? They're hidden inside a couple broken baskets and an old crate. I was so happy to find a use for these baskets because it would have been such a shame to throw them away but they couldn't be used for much else.
The red cupboard is a 1900 Sears and Roebuck that we rescued from a basement. It was headed for the dump!
Admittedly, this table and chairs could use a little work but they serve as our "picnic table" on the porch. Add a homey tablecloth and a canning jar of flowers and it looks nice!
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