5 Old, Abandoned Things You Can Repurpose

We fill our home with things that we no longer use but are unwilling to throw out or give away. They lie in our basement or attic, occupying valuable space. We don’t want to part with some things. Meanwhile, we avoid sorting many others as we know it will be too much work sifting out all the junk.

But you can repurpose these old, abandoned things and make them of use again. Here, we give you a low-down on five everyday things you can recycle easily and turn into useful artifacts.

Glass jars and bottles

We all have empty glass jars and wine bottles we don’t use. You can create various things out of the jars, such as a glass-shelf display in your kitchen to store pluses. Meanwhile, you can use the empty wine bottles as flower vases, pen holders, scrunchie holders, and candle stands. If you are up for a little more work, you can create your DIY chandeliers using wine bottles. There are many other ways to use these items. All you need to do is—be creative and put your thinking cap on.


Old books are like dear friends that you don’t want to part with. But they probably must be wasting away in your attic. You can convert them into bookshelves by fixing some wall mounts and setting them on it in creative patterns on the wall. Place your new books on top of them. They will look fantastic, and you will not have to give them away.


You can easily convert your old bathtub into a comfy couch or a loveseat by cutting it in half and adding legs and foam to it. You can paint it to match your decor. Apart from creating extra sitting space, it will look incredibly unique, unlike any other couch available in the market. 


You can convert your grandma’s old TV that has been sitting in the attic for years into a beautiful aquarium. All you need to do is remove the interior, add some attachments like filters and lightings, and seal it. Tada! A bit of DIY, and you have an incredible aquarium for your fish and valuable addition to your living space.

CDs and DVDs

Many of us still have a stack of damaged and old CDs and DVDs, and we don’t know what to do with them. They may not serve their actual purpose anymore. Still, CDs are a great DIY raw material to create several home decor items such as ornamental mirrors, coasters, photo frames, and other beautiful things. You need to cut and arrange them in different shapes and sizes according to your taste and requirements.

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