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5 Things We Throw Away That Would Make Awesome Decorations

5 Things We Throw Away That Would Make Awesome Decorations

We usually throw away what we no longer use, or what we can’t even sell. There is a practical principle you can use to ascertain if you don’t really need something any longer. Every mundane item you haven’t used in over a year that’s just lying around is probably ready to be thrown away. However, this cannot be applied to every possible item you own, and some of them have hidden potentials you weren’t aware of so far.

You can create some of the most beautiful decorations for your home or garden by simply modifying the items you’d originally throw away. Here are five things we normally discard, which have a hidden aesthetic value you can tap into.

1. Old Hubcaps

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    The first thing on this list are hubcaps that you are no longer using. These don’t look good only on your wheels; they can also look great in your garden. With a little paint and plastic strapping, you can successfully transform old hubcaps into big flowers. You can put those in your garden or create a wall garden. You can use cable ties and attach them to the outer edge of your hubcap to act as petals. As far as flower stems are concerned, branches should do it.

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    You can use spray paint to add colors before you assemble the whole thing. To attach the stems to your flowers, you can use plastic strappings and, if you have some big leaves, you can tie them to the branch. Once all of that is done, you get one giant flower. Moreover, instead of a branch, you can use plastic or metal poles for stems and you can use painted cardboard to act as leaves.

    2. Old Tires

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      Since we are on the subject of car parts, here’s another one you can use as a decoration or furniture instead of tossing it aside. Used up tires are no longer reliable, there’s no reason to continue using them and you can’t sell them. What should you do with them?

      Turn them into furniture; that’s what. The most important thing to do here is just to make sure your tires are properly washed. Next, you can use some old pillows or any other sort of substance like rice, to fill the tires and use glue and rope to wrap them up. It can be hard to elaborate without a picture, but you can find all sorts of fancy tire DIY projects online.

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      You can make various other decorations and there are many different projects provided in the previous link. So, have fun making your own furniture.

      3. Wooden Pallet

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        You don’t need a whole new bed; all you need is a new mattress and some wooden pallets. You can also clean them and re-paint them, and then just stack them together one  on top of the other. It will serve as one big wooden pallet bed frame. The next step is quite obvious; just throw a mattress over your wooden pallet stacks and you’re done; it’s as easy as that.

        Of course, you can add various features and use wooden pallets to create all sorts of decorations, but the bed looks really nice and it’s really easy to make.

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        4. Crutches

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          In the event that you had a fractured bone or a sprained ankle and had to use crutches to get around, you are in luck. Sure, now you are all healed up and the crutches only bring up bad memories, but there’s no reason to throw them in the dumpster, since they can be used for all kinds of things. This project is simple but brilliant, and you’ll have a nice small shelf that you can put basically anywhere.

          All you need are three wooden planks that you should saw in order to get three different lengths (each one shorter than the other) and some glue. Turn the crutches upside down and place them together to form a triangle. Put one plank on the bottom, atop the handles for armpits, place the middle plank on middle handles, and glue the smallest plank as close to the top as possible. You can see in the picture above to check how it’s supposed to look.

          5. Wine bottles

          The video here is to show you how to cut bottles properly, and once you know how to do that, a whole world of possibilities will open up. You can use bottles to customize your light bulbs, or to create a glass vase for flowers. You can also cut them and turn them into dishes for serving salads or you can use them as lamps. There are so many different ways to use them, so you can get quite creative with these projects.

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          The best thing about DIY decorations is that they are completely unique. They look great and there is a sense of achievement attached to the projects, because you made all of it yourself. When you get good at this, you can even open up an Etsy account and earn some cash by selling fine craftsmanship. I hope you’ll have fun experimenting and that this article has inspired you to take action, and to avoid throwing away everything you have no immediate use for.

          Featured photo credit: https://pixabay.com/en/users/JacekAbramowicz-1981807/ via pixabay.com

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          Last Updated on September 16, 2019

          How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

          How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

          You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

          We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

          The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

          Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

          1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

          Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

          For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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          • (1) Research
          • (2) Deciding the topic
          • (3) Creating the outline
          • (4) Drafting the content
          • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
          • (6) Revision
          • (7) etc.

          Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

          2. Change Your Environment

          Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

          One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

          3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

          Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

          Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

          My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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          Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

          4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

          If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

          Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

          I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

          5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

          I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

          Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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          As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

          6. Get a Buddy

          Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

          I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

          7. Tell Others About Your Goals

          This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

          For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

          8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

          What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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          9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

          If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

          Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

          10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

          Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

          Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

          11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

          At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

          Reality check:

          I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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