As a Homemade Mother, I am constantly looking for ways to streamline my life. Stuff isn’t good for our home, and it isn’t good for the planet, either. Getting by on less really is so refreshing. I hate clutter, so I’m always bringing unused items to Goodwill or selling things on Ebay. I do my best to keep crappy little plastic toys out of the house. But, one of the easiest things I do to keep stuff at a minimum is finding secondary uses for common household items.
If you need some inspiration, here are some of my unconventional uses for conventional products:
We were given a pastry scraper for our wedding, but I can say with 100% certainty that I have never once scraped a pastry with it. However, I used it on a daily basis to
quickly scrape goopy messes (like oatmeal) off the floor
and swiftly transfer a pile of cut vegetables from the wooden cutting board to the soup pot.
Most of the time when we enjoy a pizza, we pick it up from Piece, our favorite spot in the city. However, we still use a pizza cutter quite often to
slice up a quesadilla for the kids’ lunch
and remove crusts from sandwiches.
My immersion blender is one of my favorite and most essential kitchen tools. Most often, it is used to blend soups (Evie loves my vegetable broccoli soup), but I use it every day to mix up fresh and easy homemade baby food for Vivian. I would never encourage anyone to buy an appliance specifically for making baby food because an immersion blender is small, inexpensive and perfectly capable of creating delicious food for little ones.
Every kitchen needs dinner plates, but no kitchen needs plastic wrap. Rather than relying on disposable food storage solutions, I came up with my own: Take a bowl. Put food into it. Put a dinner plate on top. Store in the fridge. I promise the world will not end and your food will be just fine.
I am a big cloth diapering advocate. I have a nice stash of cloth diapers, and I love using Chinese pre-folds (the “old fashioned” cloth diaper) for cleaning. They work great with my homemade glass cleaner, and I love using them to mop the floors. I put the kids to work, and they think its their lucky day!
What are some of your unconventional uses for everyday products?
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