How to Use the Unusable

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Have you heard the phrase: "One man's trash is another man's treasure". We all know by now, from one way or another, that recycling is necessary. Recycling is the process of collecting and processing unusable materials that may be trash and turning them into a new product. This process benefits every person and every environment.

I was looking around my house and I found many unusable items that weren’t trash, but I thought it may become another item to be used.

Starting in the kitchen, I found a collection of utensils that I never use. Other items were not in use. I think and thought; searched and found some great ideas I want to share. I will gladly appreciate any other suggestion. I know there are many others.

Using unusable tableware

Forks, spoons and knives come in variable designs and materials. I think every home has some in a box, inside an unopened drawer, or hidden in a closet. My aunt had many different kinds of pieces from mixed sets. From that unusable tableware you may try to use them in some other uses like:

  1. chandeliers
  2. hangers
  3. fruit bowls
  4. jewelry
  5. hangers
  6. figures
  7. frames
  8. and so much more...

Using unusable tablewares
Using unusable tablewares

Using unusable garden tools

Do we dare use those rusty and broken garden tools that, once upon a time were planting materials? There are several occasions that I have written on the agenda about the necessity of repairing a broken tool. The truth is that procrastination, or the thought of taking time to repair a tool that perhaps a new one is cheaper than what the repair may cost, makes one forget about it and bury it in a closet. Instead with it we can:

  1. decorate it
  2. make it useful in another way

Using unusable garden tools
Using unusable garden tools

Using unusable items

We need to stop preoccupying and start recycling. Let's look around and see what we find that is not being used. Those unusable things take space, holding dust and making an unnecessarily burden. How about finding old wheels that hold water, bringing mosquitoes. Those unused chairs with broken legs in a corner of the garage, just for the lovely design. I bet that when you start being innovative you will feel an immense pleasure. Creating is one of the best satisfactions that an individual can have. When you finish a simple task that brings a piece of something new to your home it enlightens it; just like the old bottle shown in the picture used as a candle holder or a vase.

The unusable.

I am a follower of God's word, but I do agree at least with the quote of Abdul Kalam; "Educationalists should build the capacities of the spirit of inquiry, creativity, entrepreneurial, and moral leadership among students and become their role model." If you take this quote and join it to Clement of Alexandria's quote: "We are not to throw away things which can benefit our neighbor. Goods are called good because they can be used for good: they are instruments for good, in the hands of those who use them properly." ; we will come to find the way to use the unusable.

Heeyyy wait not so fast... I bet you are running to a flea market, garage sale or digging in the closet...watch the video below for more ideas and let me say ... Blessings to all!


© María Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill

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© 2013 Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill

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faythef 3 years ago from USA

Great hub..I have a fork that the tines are bent up just about 1/4 inch of the tips..The handle is than bent all the way back......so that it stands up..it is then used for a recipe card holder....I wish I could better explain myself..voting up , and across..


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Lastheart 3 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord Author

faythef thanks for your comment...I did understood you and put a smile on my face. I love that idea, a card holder, excellent!


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Froggy213 3 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico

Very good hub honey; is this why you took me in? Using the unusable--LOL

Voting up!


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Lastheart 3 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord Author

Heeyy Froggy213 how intelligent!!!

faythef Understood, understand, understanding...hope you get the message!


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faythef 3 years ago from USA

I'm glad you understood..mine comes in real handy...

Your Froggy is funny..LOL


Tarah_ 3 years ago

Great ideas and voting up. It's much better if we can reuse what we have around us...


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ShyeAnne 3 years ago from Deep Bay, British Columbia, Canada

I especially like the idea of using an old garden rake for a utensil holder in the kitchen..


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peachpurple 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

interesting hub. This is the hub where everyone should read. We should learn to reuse those things that cannot be use. Remake them into new items. I like the broken chair turned into a swing. Awesome!


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Lastheart 3 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord Author

Thanks Hubbers for your comments and taking the time reading. There is so much we can do with "trash". Have a wonderful time exploring.


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livingsta 3 years ago from United Kingdom

Enjoyed this hub, such interesting ideas. Thank you for sharing your ideas!

Voting and sharing!


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Ericdierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

My mom could set a table for twenty using all grape pattern silverware down to butter knives. She could also set it with no silverware being under 100 years old, including the 3 candelabrum, water pitchers, Goblet coasters and napkin holders.

The beauty is unmistakable.

Now I live with the knowledge that all things are beautiful if used in love.

Wonderful hub and a cheery disposition.


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Lastheart 3 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord Author

livingsta nice to see you around. The ideas were in my search. Thanks for reading.


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Lastheart 3 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord Author

Ericdierker thanks for sharing your experience. I mostly relate to the part of your comment that says: "Now I live with the knowledge that all things are beautiful if used in love."

Hope your son is well.

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