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"Upcycle & Recycle"

Upcycling is essentially refashioning items whose original function no longer serves its purpose. With so many incredible ideas on how you can reuse things, you can get really creative in this process. The best part is you can turn just about anything into something of use with some imagination. We found some cool ideas on how upcycling everyday items can turn into something magnificent.

 

 

Serve your guests beverages on this pot-lid-turned-tray.

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Make a nightstand entirely out of books.

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Turn a fence and some branches into an end table or side table.

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Now your desserts and lunch just got easier with mason jars.

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Make a planter out of an old garbage canister.

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Stack vintage suitcases for a unique end table.

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Here’s a classy way to store coasters in a retro napkin holder.

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Moving? 10 Tips to Make Your Move a Snap!

If it’s time for you to move soon, you’re probably starting to get that sick feeling in your stomach, starting to panic about how you will get it all done and overall dreading the move. On the bright side, you are probably looking forward to your new home and jazzin’ it up to reflect your cool stylings, right?

Fun Times: The Community Laundry Room

I can hear you groaning in agony at the painful words: Apartment Laundry Room!!! I hear ya. First of all, can I have a show of hands of how many of you like to do laundry under any circumstances? Come on, don’t be bashful. I know there are one or two of you out there! Now, and this is getting fun (for me, anyway) can I get an “Amen!” from you on how much you love, love, love doing your laundry in the community laundry room in your apartment building?

Roommate Wars...Why Can't We All Just Get Along

Have you had enough of your roommate already? What happened to the reasonable person you selected as a roommate? Why have they been replaced by an insane, inconsiderate psycho? Don’t people have any respect for others anymore? Didn’t their mother raise them right? What is wrong with these people????? As you probably know, having a roommate can be exceptionally challenging. Let’s be reasonable. Why does this sound like common sense, but it is so difficult to honor? I don’t think anyone sets out to intentionally irritate their roommate, but I do believe the relationship can devolve to the point that angering your roommate can become sport. Roommates see you at your best and worst and know many of your secrets. They know what sets you off and how they can grind on you to the point you snap. But, you also know their sweet spot, too.