While all of our homes could probably use a good cleaning out every once in awhile—and there are certain things you should get rid of immediately—there are some items that might be worth hanging onto. For example, these twelve everyday items aren't necessarily trash, but left as they are, they're simply clutter. With just a little imagination, though, each of these items can be upcycled and repurposed into things that don't just take up space, but instead add beauty and function to... your home.
Take a look at these creative ways you can upcycle common things you probably have laying around the house.
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Hang woven ones for a touch of texture on a gallery wall.
Turn a woven or wire basket upside down and use it as a lamp shade or DIY ceiling light fixture.
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Mismatched Plates or Bowls
Hang mismatched but coordinating plates and/or bowls on a wall as artwork.
Use one as a spot to drop keys on an entry table.
Put small bowls in a drawer and use them to sort and organize jewelry.
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Frame a scrap of pretty paper for some quick and simple DIY wall art.
Line the back of bookshelves with wrapping paper to serve as an interesting background for your books and decorative items.
Line a desk drawer or kitchen drawer with wrapping paper.
Laminate wrapping paper and cut it into rectangles to use as wipe-able placemats.
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There are several pretty and practical uses for old sweaters. Make cozy pillow covers or use them as a way to make simple vases more stylish.
Use old jeans to make a small denim throw rug or bath mat.
Turn shirt or pants pockets into wall pocket organizers.
See more ways to turn denim into home decor.Continue to 9 of 12 below.
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Line up old shutters behind your bed to use as a headboard.
Make a memo board by using the slats on an old shutter to hold pictures and cards
Lay a shutter down the middle of a table to use as a wooden table runner.
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Heavy tomes make great wall shelves by simply attaching brackets from the hardware store.
Use stacks of books without their dust jackets to elevate objects on a coffee table or fireplace mantel.
Upcycle old books to create clever, hidden storage, book page art, and even lamps.
Create hanging wall storage or a mail sorter from larger volumes.
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CD Jewel Cases
If you have all of your music downloaded and don't need the hard copy anymore, upcycle the CDs into coasters by first decoupaging decorative paper or gluing coiled rope onto them.
Use the jewel cases as frames to create a unique gallery wall.