1 way to reuse old pillow cases

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I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say chances are you have extra linens that you don’t need. I know my mom has random pillowcases that don’t match bed sheets that don’t even match fitted sheets. Where do they come from? Maybe they come FROM the same place missing socks GO… Maybe it’s a trade – for every sock you lose, you gain a pillowcase… Now THERE’S an interesting theory… Well wherever they come from, you probably have one or two pillowcases you haven’t used in a while and I have a way to make them useful once again!
Here’s a simple way to re-use old pillowcases: cut a 1 inch slit through the closed end of the pillowcase and slide a hanger through. Voila! You now have a garment bag. You may want to do a little stitch on either end of the slit, just so the hole doesn’t continue to rip open with regular wear and tear. If you need it to be longer just cut open completely the closed end of another pillowcase and sew it on to the open end of the first pillowcase (that’s not confusing at all, right?)

Now those pillowcases aren’t taking up extra and unnecessary space and you have a way to protect your nicer clothes when traveling. Plus, it’s better for the environment than the plastic ones you get from the dry cleaners AND they’re better for clothes because the plastic keeps moisture locked in whereas cotton, as we all know, is breathable.
Now you have a way to keep your nicer clothes protected and you up-cycled a few items you were probably just going to end up getting rid of anyways.

If you have a great idea for old pillowcases, leave a comment below and let me know! Or let me know what you think of this tip!

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A post of remorse

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Well, for me, this tip comes too late. When I was in the midst of my recent “closet purge mode”, I had a couple of big candles I didn’t know what to do with now that I had burned them all the way down to the end of the wick. Since I was in my “purge mode” and not in my “be creative and organized mode”, I pitched them. Eeek! I know I know, some of you are freaking out right now.Please don’t judge me and please keep reading. In the future, I’ll totally know what to do with them. Just keep reading so you won’t fall in to this bitter waste land either.

Here’s what I should have done and here’s what you can do too: put the used candle in the freeze and leave it in there until the wax is frozen (this can take anywhere from 20 minutes to 2 hours – obviously the less wax the better and faster). Unlike water, wax constricts when frozen. Once the wax is completely frozen take it out of the candle holder (this can be done with a butter knife). You may need to clean off some residue that will be left behind by either scraping it with the knife, washing it with soap and warm water or, if you have it, with baby oil.

Now here’s the cool part – once the candle holders are wax-free and dry you can use them as jars for your vanity! They’re great decorative storage for cotton balls, q-tips, decorative soap, etc. Or you can pour some glass balls in it and create a holder for your make-up brushes, tooth brushes, lip liners and eye liners, etc. Or (I’m on a roll now!) maybe there’s something else you can put in there. Use them as candy dishes when guests come over, or to hold loose change, the extra buttons that come with dress shirts, safety pins, hair pins, bracelets, elastic hair bands, barrettes, rings…. Seriously, there’s a lot you can do with empty candle holders… And now that I’m writing all this out and thinking through what I could have used them for I’m deeply regretting the two I threw away… *Sigh I need to buy more candles.

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Cupboard doors…. yes again!

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AAAAAAAAND here’s another post about the inside of the cupboard. Man, if you guys utilize all of the “inside of the cupboard” ideas I’ve given you, you are going to clear up so much space in your cupboards! You’re welcome!

Anyways, here’s the tip: Take a magazine holder and adhere it to the inside of the cabinet door (3m Command Strips or hooks are great because you don’t have to use any tools and they won’t damage the door). There! You have now provided a handy space for cutting boards! Go you!

Since I like to be honest in my blogs, I’m going to admit one…. hang up I have with the “inside of the cupboard door” ideas – I often wonder if some of these ideas would cause more of an issue because the items that reside inside the cupboard will have to be pushed back enough so the container hanging on the door can fit when the door is closed… But ideally, now that you are utilizing the inside of the cabinet door, you have space to move the cupboard items back a little bit. So that shouldn’t really be an issue. And if it is an issue, pull everything out, take inventory of what you have and what you actually need, then put the items back in an organized fashion so everything fits with the door closed… Alright! Glad I could figure that issue out. 🙂 Sometimes I just need to talk out the issue and then I can solve the problem along the way. Thanks for being a listening (errr reading) ear!

PS if you want a picture to reference a magazine holder, click here.

PPS For cupboards that have shelves in them this idea won’t work because the shelf most likely comes to the edge of the cupboard. If you have a cupboard without a shelf, or if the shelf is only half as deep as the cupboard, this tip and others like it should work for you with no problem at all.

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