The UpCycle

Series

So now that you’ve accomplished a more zen living space and parted ways with your little league jersey, let’s repurpose & reuse.  

Frugality and frustration are often driving forces of my creativity. I hate buying the same things over and over again, and worse: buying things that I know I could have made myself and/or better than the retail item! I’ve dedicated part III of this series to the UpCycle.

up·cy·cle

ˈəpˌsīkəl/

verb

  1. reuse (discarded objects or material) in such a way as to create a product of a higher quality or value than the original.

I’m a big fan of repurposing and DIY because it feels a lot like problem solving. It keeps the brain sharp while providing the satisfaction of actually completing a task; We cherish the things that we build and create ourselves. Also, when you take the time to DIY, you begin to relearn the value of time by spending it on creating new things. It’s that close attention to detail of the process that makes the entire experience worth it. I’m game. Let’s do this

Positive Distraction of the Week:

Spend some time this week brainstorming a new project to reuse an item differently. Need ideas? I got you. Check out awesome creations here and here and here while you channel your inner Tim the Tool Man Taylor & Bob Vila. I encourage you to get lost on instructables.com.

Need an idea on a smaller scale? Set a timer for 15 minutes and list a few household items that need a little TLC.  Examples: maybe you have a watch that could use a good polish, shoes that need cleaning, or a piece of furniture that could use a new coat of paint and be restored to new.  

This week I repurposed two old tea kettles & turned them into new homes for my herbs. I’m excited to watch these new babies grow, but even more stoked to have found new use for these old family items!

Let me know how part III of the spring cleaning series works out for you and your UpCycle plans. Share with a friend, comment down below and I’ll see you later this week!

Best, Dr. Dyce

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