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3 Ideas How to Turn Your Trash into Treasure

3 Ideas How to Turn Your Trash into Treasure

There is a lot of pollution in the modern world. Whether it is air, water, or some other kind of contamination, people just don’t seem to care about the environment. Moreover, a lot of people still do not recycle, which only leads to creating more trash. This trash does not only look bad, but it also destroys natural habitats and further pollutes vast areas of the planet. However, if you want to be a good citizen of this planet and contribute to its health, you could start off by reusing and recycling.

Whatever “trash” you might think you have, like plastic bottles or wood crates, instead of throwing them away, you could make something out of them. Every old thing can find a new use. Therefore, use your imagination and get to work. Not only could you make your home look great, but you could also sell those creations and earn a little bit of cash on the side. Speaking of, here are a few ideas on how you could turn your trash into treasure.

1. Make furniture out of pallets

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    If you, by any chance, have some old pallets lying around, or you know where to find them cheap, you could turn them into something useful. For example, if you have a balcony or a front porch, you could make a few furniture pieces. Something like a sofa, chairs or even a coffee table. Even better, you could put this furniture inside your home. And, if you like this idea, here is how to pull it off.

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    In case you are not very handy, you can make the easier type of pallet sofa. But for this, you will need several pallets. First up, sanding the wood is a must. This will make it smoother and better. Moreover, you won’t cut or scratch yourself and it will protect any cloth from being damaged. Once you are finished with sanding, you can paint the wood in any colour, or just put a coat of protective lacquer.

    Then, depending on how many pieces you want (two-seaters or a corner sofa) and the height, connect two pieces of pallets one on top of the other. You can connect them with screws for more safety, but this is not necessary. On top of the pallet, you should put some cushions, for a more comfortable seating experience.

    Additionally, you can design it with or without the back – it is all up to you. And, if you want a coffee table, just make a stack of two pallets, for example. Sand and paint the wood, and that is it. For easier movement, you can put small wheels on the bottom.

    There are many other options as well, but what you want to make depends on your time and skills. Other than sofas, you can make tables, shelves, bars or even swings.

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    2. Use bottle caps in various ways

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      Everyone knows bottles could be re-purposed once emptied. Whether plastic or glass, each can find its new role. For instance, you can make chandeliers out of glass bottles or vases. There are many ideas that could be realized. However, if you use the bottle, the bottle cap will be left behind. Now, these tiny objects seem useless, but this is pretty far from the truth.

      From jewelry and accessories, to home décor – bottle caps just cry DIY. No matter the type, the caps can be made into bottle cap art with little to no effort. All you need is an idea and a bit of time on your hands. For instance, the first thing you can try to make is some kind of wall art.

      Using differently coloured caps, you can make shapes, and you can put your new works of art up on your wall. If, however, you want to freshen up your kitchen, you could make fridge magnets by gluing the magnet on the bottom of the cap. Or, you can make coasters for both glasses and pans. You would do this by connecting the caps with a wire.

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      If you get stuck in the design process, you can paint the caps or collect a specific drink cap, which would definitely make your DIY project unique.

      3. Make flower pots out of old tires

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        If you are a keen gardener and you want your yard to look marvelous, add some flare to it by reusing old car tires. Instead of buying ceramic or plastic flower pots, use your tires, which will last longer. They can withstand any kind of weather; therefore, they are perfect for the garden.

        First of all, plan the outline of your garden, like where do you want your flowers to be and in how big a space. Then, get yourself some tires, perhaps in various sizes. If you do not want them to remain black, you can buy spray paint and paint them in different colours. This would make your garden look more lively and fun, and the colours would go great with the flowers.

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        Once you are all equipped with the essentials, position the tires where you want them. For example, you can stack them on top of each other, or you can put them next to one another. Lastly, fill them with dirt, plant the flowers, and that is it. All you have to do now is keep your flowers healthy and alive.

        This DIY task is really easy and quick. Usually, old tires can be found in a landfill, or you can even try your nearest mechanic. When it comes to spray painting, that is simple too. Clearly, this task can be done by anyone, in just a few hours.

        Obviously there are lots and lots of items that could be recycled, and even more items to be made out of them. Anything from bottles, old clothes, or pallets could be made useful again. The only things you need, for any of the DIY project above, are will and imagination. Everything else will come easy.

        Featured photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/og2t/ via flickr.com

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        Vladimir Zivanovic

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        Last Updated on March 13, 2019

        How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

        How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

        Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

        You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

        Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

        1. Work on the small tasks.

        When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

        Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

        2. Take a break from your work desk.

        Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

        Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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        3. Upgrade yourself

        Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

        The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

        4. Talk to a friend.

        Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

        Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

        5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

        If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

        Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

        Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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        6. Paint a vision to work towards.

        If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

        Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

        Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

        7. Read a book (or blog).

        The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

        Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

        Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

        8. Have a quick nap.

        If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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        9. Remember why you are doing this.

        Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

        What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

        10. Find some competition.

        Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

        Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

        11. Go exercise.

        Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

        Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

        As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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        Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

        12. Take a good break.

        Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

        Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

        Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

        Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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