A few weeks ago I issued a challenge: Suggest an item you'd like me to find a clever way to re-use. Amy was the first to take me up on that offer and she tried to stump me with, of all things, bread tags. You know, those little plastic tabs that come on bags of bread and bagels and nets of potatoes and produce. To be honest I was stumped -- at first. But with a little creativity I came up with ten clever reuses!
Wine Charms: Stop wondering whose drink is whose at your next get together by turning the tags into wine glass charms. Simply write the guest's name on the tag before slipping it around the stem or make each charm unique with a little bedazzling by gluing on a funky bead.
Scrubber Sponge: Save money by turning an ordinary sponge into a scrubber one. Slip a plain sponge into a produce or onion net bag and use a tag to clip it closed.
Elastic Storage: Whether you want to clip rubber bands together before tossing them in the junk drawer or hair elastics together before tossing them in the vanity drawer you can use a tag to keep them organized.
Tape Marker: Never lose the open end of a roll of tape again! Prevent an open end of the roll from sticking back on itself by using a tag to mark the spot.
Mini Scraper : These little tags are perfect for scraping things like baked on gunk inside the microwave, stickers from products or even paint residue on a window.
Knitting Placeholder: Need to mark stitches in your knitting project to keep a pattern straight? Slide a tag onto the needle so you know where you are in the project.
Cord Label: Make it easy to tell the lamp cord from the printer cord by writing directly on the tag then clipping it to the cord.
Mark Keys: Use a tag to mark spare keys before putting them away. We all think we'll remember what the key opens but you know we never do.
GOT ITEMS YOU HATE TOSSING? TRY ME!
What other household items do you hate throwing away but aren't sure how to put to good use? I take requests!
Jamie Novak, The World’s Most Relatable Organizer, is author of "Stop Throwing Money Away: Turn Clutter to Cash, Trash to Treasure—And Save the Planet While You're at It." Please visit her website at JamieNovak.com.