Re-use and re-vamp, don’t re-buy
The concept of up-cycling has slowly grown from a hipster side trend to a full blown movement in its own right. The internet if full of new and innovative ideas for how to re-use old and tired things in a way which will give them new life.
I am a huge fan of this from not only a financial perspective (because I am flat broke), but also from an environmental one. We have created 6.3 BILLION tonnes of plastic since the 1950's! It’s just mind-boggling. If in some small way I can help to reduce that by tarting up an old lamp, or repurposing an old disused saucepan, instead of throwing them away, then I will!
I know that my generation is looking for ways to make money go further, and to do as much as we can for ourselves. For a lot of us the luxury of hiring someone to paint our house, or buying brand new hard wood furniture is just not an option. Therefore, I’ve sourced a few of my favourite up-cycling hacks from various sources, and some great websites that provide you with discount or totally free alternatives to passing on your new things or acquiring new ones.
If you haven’t already heard about it, then trust me that this site is amazing. It’s a huge online community that literally give away (not sell!) their old or unwanted items. Items range from bed frames, to sofas, to dishware, to books. Anything you can think of there are people willing to give them away to a new home for free. If you are trying to furnish a new home then this is a great site to check out. We used it when we were students, both to furnish our new student house, and then at the end to give away all the things we no longer needed.
Go online to check out more about it and see the alternatives you have to spending money or dumping old things.
I have to be honest here, I have an unhealthy obsession with Pinterest; it consumes a lot of my day. You can’t see any pinterest boards unless you have an account (accounts are free!), so I’d really recommend getting one and seeing what it’s about. Every possible upcycling idea you could imagine is photographed and displayed on this website. It’s incredible.
My best friend is also a Pinterest addict and she designed a killer wedding using loads of pinterest up-cycling hacks to make it actually affordable. It’s a great place to find inspiration and ideas from a like-minded community.
3. Upcycle that
This site is pretty much the holy grail of upcycling. It lists everything you could ever possibly think of and how you can use it, make it, or repurpose it. It’s a gold mine for ideas and it easily categorises everything so you can find inspiration for the exact thing you’re looking for.
4. Brit & Co.
Website Brit & Co. have listed a whole host of great easy to do upcycle hacks that I recommend you take a peek at.
My favourite is their idea for reusing an old childhood game into a real space saver. I am halfway through this myself (ie. I have bought all the necessary things and they are now sitting in a drawer collecting dust). They have a simple walk through and it looks great.
As you can see there are loads of ways the reuse materials and items that you thought were defunct. I appreciate that not everyone has the time or inclination to get artsy with things around the house, but it really is a great way to save those extra pennies and make things stretch that little bit farther.
And, as you can see from Freecycle, even if you don't fancy getting creative yourself; passing on materials and items to other people is a useful and cost effective way of getting rid ofyour own old clutter.
And all that money you save from being super creative? Put it safely away in your Oval wallet!