Today I am feeling particularly grateful for repurposed items. Here are three examples:
(1) I started thinking about them this morning while feeding the cats their daily treat. When they both hop up on my cot in the morning, I know they are ready for it. Thus I keep a plastic container on one of my nightstands with their Temptation treats. Originally it was purchased for storing muffins in (and worked great for that) but once Jamey became wheelchair bound and thus no longer able to be as active in order to burn calories, I stopped making baked goods. It works perfectly as a repurposed treat container.
(2) An additional reason to stop baking was that my own weight had gotten out of control. I am determined to get back to a healthier weight for my size (4’6″) to which end, I purchased a basic watch/pedometer from Walmart and began to look for options for an .mp3 player to encourage me to walk more.
As I researched the best .mp3 players for audiobooks, I came across the suggestion of using an old cell phone. Jamey had taken my old cell phone to the library to use to test hot spots for patrons. He said he could use his current one for that purpose and brought my old one back to me. With no other apps on it other than Overdrive and Amazon music (plus the built in ones you can’t delete), it has plenty of room (unlike my current cell phone) for an audiobook and some music to accompany me on my walks. It works perfectly as a repurposed .mp3 player.
(3) Once upon a time I had a nine hole credenza that worked very nicely for storing my yarns (sorted by color family). Then Johnny came into our lives. When she was very young, she was oblivious to my yarn. I was thanking my lucky stars for that until she reached about 7 – 8 months of age. Once she “discovered” my yarn, she made it very clearly known that henceforth all yarn was to be considered a kitty toy.
My yarn ended up getting packed away until our move. It now resides in our pantry / supply room / craft room and the 9 hole credenza has become part of Jamey’s wheelchair accessible computer / electronics area. It works perfectly as a repurposed storage area for some of Jamey’s electronics and tools.
How about you? Have you repurposed something that works perfectly for its new function?