Oneis considered to have an excess of items once they no longer tend tohave any use for those things yet they still keep them around. Humanbeings are known to have a tendency for long-term storage of stuffthat they no longer need. When the time comes for people to get ridof these things so that they can create more space, they usuallydiscard them in ways that are unsafe and tend to harm theenvironment. The article by Sharma states that, “Humans like todiscard what they don’t need with wanton care without consideringthe effects they cause to the environment.” (Sharma, 51). Most ofthe items that common individuals own and are useless are made fromsynthetic materials like plastics and polyethylene. These materialsare made from compounds that do not degrade naturally and usually endup lying in dumpsters and other grounds for many years. These thingsdrastically affect the environment through pollution. Hoarding is thepractice of storing things that have no apparent purpose to theowner. Keeping too many items that are worthless also bring upseveral problems in people’s homes. Such persons tend to putthemselves at great risk from the things they keep since the itemstake so much space that crucial exits are blocked. In the case of afire, the individual may be in danger of burning alive due to lack ofescape routes. The packed stuff also is a great source of fire andcan also be dangerous if those things are stacked improperly becausethey might fall on other people. The items also inhibit ventilationand can lead to respiratory problems. Kamel et al. declare in thetext, “Hoarders tend to cause more harm than good by indulging intheir practice.” (Kamel et al., pp119-136). The main solution forsuch situations is the proper disposal or repurpose of the items. Themeasures that are taken when disposing can be donation or recycling.Repurposing is a better alternative. The activity involves findingcommon items that have outlived their functionality and creating newareas where they can be of some use (Sharma, pp48-55). This paperlooks into various ways that people repurpose the unnecessary itemsthey have in their homes and businesses. The essay also providesinsights towards how one can quickly reuse the nonessential thingsthey have to limit the danger of owning too many things.
Manyhouseholds and organizations have taken to repurposing as aningenious way of getting rid of useless material in their living andworking space. The first step towards reusing is to clean out all thestuff from the storage areas. A full inventory of the items is doneto determine the things that should be taken away and those that canbe reused. As said by Kamel et al.,” If you have not used somethingin the last month, it is clearly of no use to you.” (Kamel et al.,133). When it comes to repurposing, everyday items can be adjusted tosuit different needs or substitute for a different product that maynot be available. In the homes, newspapers are the most common itemsthat are kept for extended periods. Reusing newspapers can be donethrough various ways. Old newspapers can be used as packing materialfor foods that need to be frozen for long. Wrapping these ingredientsin several layers of newspaper will insulate them and ensure thatthey do not thaw prematurely (Mother Earth News, 2016). Wetnewspapers are useful when cleaning smooth surfaces and glass panes.When dry, the same newspapers are vital in drying the same surfaces(Mother Earth News, 2016). Paper bags are also plenty in manyhouseholds. To repurpose such items, one can use them as a wastepaper collector in the vehicle and will dissuade the habit oflittering (Mother Earth News, 2016). Items that can be repurposed inbusinesses can be Mason jars. When these jars are glued end to end,they can act as storage for office supplies. The best use for thejars is to keep writing materials such as pens, pencils, and markers.Keeping similar materials in specific jars will ease the process offinding the required tool (Mother Earth News, 2016). Larger jars suchas those that store cookies can be used to hold bigger items withinthe work area. Stuff like printer cartridges, staplers and paperpunches can be kept easily, thus, creating more room for daily work(Mother Earth News, 2016). Empty carton boxes that used to house somemachines or supplies are used as extra storage space for files andfolders that are rarely accessed within the office. The repurposing,therefore, provides more room in the filing cabinets for newerdocuments and folders that are in constant demand (Mother Earth News,2016). So that the archived files can be quickly retrieved whenneeded, the cartons are clearly marked based on the contents theyhold and the period that the files are relevant.
Idid a full evaluation of all the items that I had and selectedseveral that no longer had an essential use for me. I determined theusefulness of the items by trying to figure out whether I had neededthem for any purpose in the last month. The things I picked werebottle caps, old newspapers, empty carton boxes, and the leftovertubes of toilet paper and empty jars.
Thebottle caps generated several uses that could be quickly applied.Inverting the cap and placing a lit candle on it makes it work as asubstitute candleholder. The technique is efficient since it ensuresthat the candle wax does not drip and stain any surface where it isplaced. The improvised candleholder was also more stable andguaranteed that the candle could not fall over and start a fire. Ialso used some of the bottle caps to adjust unstable furniture in thehouse. Placing a single cap at the bottom of an unsteady chair ordesk ensured that they were firm and were no longer wobbly.
Idecided to repurpose the old newspapers for storage. By splitting thenewspapers into single pages and then folding them horizontally inhalf, I was able to create long strips of paper that could be placedon top shelves and the bottom of the drawers. Thus, other items likeutensils could be easily placed on top of the layer without the riskof them rusting. The newspapers also helped minimize the amount ofdust that gather once something is kept for long.
Theempty carton boxes were easy to modify into storage space that couldbe kept under the bed. Some of the boxes stored the extra books andmagazines that I had, and others had dirty laundry inside. Thismethod of keeping other items in the empty boxes created more spacein my bedroom and helped bring order and neatness.
Thereuse that I found for the toilet paper husks was to modify them intocurtain holders. I decided to attach colorful paper over those rollsto match the pattern of the different drapes I have within the house.Thus, every morning when I opened the curtains, I inserted theoverhanging material through the roll, and it created an intricatepattern that made the living space appear more artistic.
Finally,I thoroughly cleaned out the empty jars, dried them and repurposedthem for storing small items that I easily lose. I kept my keys in aparticular jar next to the front door where I could easily access thekeys when the need arose. I used another jar to keep buttons thatcame loose so that I could quickly find them when I wanted to sewthem back on. I kept another jar as a storage for coins and any loosechange I may have, and it acted as mini savings for me.
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MotherEarth News. “Reusing Things: 100 Ideas of How to Reuse CommonlyThrown Away Items.” Ogden Publications Inc. (2016). Retrieved fromMotherEarth Article on Reusing Thingson September 12, 2016.
Sharma,Malti P. "WHEN HASTE MAKES WASTE, THEN, WHY WASTE INHASTE." Journalof Global Resources Volume 1.1(2016): pp. 48-55.