11 Ways To Creatively Repurpose Your Clutter

closeup of paint brushes on drainer

Decluttering your living space doesn’t have to mean throwing out your most treasured items. Repurposing allows you to breathe new life into the objects around your home, and the results can be stunning!

Reduce your clutter by repurposing it. It’s fun and a great way to unleash your inner creative. See how stylish you can make your home and think of the good you are doing for the environment by recycling things that could have ended their lives at the dump.

Try these fantastic ideas for transforming your home:

1. Old Frames to Jewelry Organizers – Wooden picture frames make great, open jewelry organizers. Remove the glass and screw hooks into the frame. Hang your jewelry from the hooks, and then hang the frame on your wall.

mesh picture frame for hanging earrings

four colorful mason jars holding kitchen utensils on countertop

2. Glass Jars to Holders – Jars make great holders for office things, like pens, paper clips, and small miscellaneous items. They are also suitable for the bathroom as toothbrush and toothpaste holders. For an added touch of individuality, try painting the outside. Decorated glass jars are stylish and can be a great accent to any room.

3. Chair Dog Food Stand – Large dogs need to have their bowls at head height, so they do not strain when eating or drinking. Take two old wooden chairs that you love but do not use and cut circular holes in the seats, then place your dog’s food and water bowl in them.

two chairs made into dog bowls with labels on back of chair

antique cupcake tin holding antique jewelry

4. Cupcake Tin to Earrings Holder – you know that baking tin that goes in the oven and allows you to make 6, 8, or 10 cupcakes a time? If it is collecting dust on a shelf, it would be perfect to use for storing earrings, pins, and rings. All you have to do is move it from your kitchen to your bedroom or bathroom.

5. Tin Pail Ice Bucket – You know that old tin pail in the garage that you got from your grandmother’s place? Don’t toss it. Clean it up, fill it with ice, and stand a bottle of white wine inside. It’s a great patio ice bucket.

antique old pail with burlap and lace wrap holding champagne

upcycled chair painted with plants in the seat

6. Chair Plant Holder – Another great way to repurpose old wooden chairs is to paint them, and use them as outdoor or indoor plant holders. They are easy to move around and are quite attractive.

7. Bicycle Wheels to Pots & Pan Rack – Suspended from a ceiling, bicycle wheels are good for hanging things from. Having removed the tire, screw or glue hooks to the wheel and use them to hang up your pots and pans.

pots and pans hanging in kitchen from old upcycled bike wheel

vintage door cut into a diy coffeetable in rustic living room

8. Old Wooden Doors to Coffee Tables – Wooden doors make great coffee tables. You can paint them or refinish them and then set them on blocks so your tables are at the right height for you. For smaller spaces, using an old window could work just as well.

9. Utensils to Hooks – Too many utensils? Bend them into the shapes of wall hooks. Mount these on a strip of wood. You’ve made a coat and hat rack that you can then attach to the back of a door.

homemade coatrack using old utensils in entryway

string of belts hanging on hooks against a wall
  1. Shower Curtain Hooks to Storage Organizers – Take those curtain hooks and attach them to a railing in the bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, or garage. Hang miscellaneous items from these convenient curtain hooks. Use them to organize everything from scarves to purses, from clothing to cleaning bottles.

  1. Ladder-Back Chair to Spice Rack – A ladder-back chair is called that because the back looks similar to a ladder. Attached to a wall, the back of a chair like this (i.e. with the legs and seat removed) makes a great rack for spices. Alternatively, hang small towels or jewelry.
diy towel rack hanging on back of door made from back of old chair

Which of these are you going to try?

Try to look at your environment with fresh eyes and see the potential in old objects. Is there another way to use them? For those things you can’t repurpose, why not see if someone else can find a use for them?

Using a donation pickup service like PickupPlease is a convenient way to get rid of items you no longer need while supporting our veterans. Free yourself of unwanted items while helping a great cause. Just bag them up, leave them outside, and schedule a pick up!