Learning how to reuse items in your home will save you a ton of cash down the line. It’s also better for the environment! Check out our list of top 100 items to never throw away — and instead, use them for something different!
Sterilite Shoe Box Containers
Bonus: Since you’ll have created a storage system in your home based on a standard shoe box size, you can easily keep shoe boxes you acquire and add them into your storage routine without messing up sizing.
Chesapeake Bay Jarred Candles
When the candle burns all the way down, instead of tossing out the jar and lid, use it to organize makeup, self-care essentials, or office supplies instead.
Excello Global Products Decorative Picture Frames
Bag Dream Brown Paper Bags
US Art Supply Wooden Art Easel
Vitruvi Essential Oil Bottles
Bubblefast! Packing Peanuts
LEGO Duplo Toys
Bolsius Taper Candles
Eco-Life Home Design Bento Box
Fix Find Pool Noodles
Lausana Baby Outfits
Shireake Baby Butterfly Wings
CSBD Plastic Gallon Jugs
L’Occitane Ultra-Rich Hand & Body Wash
You’ll feel like you’re having a luxe experience all the time, and it will save on plastic in the long run if you can buy your liquid soaps and washes in larger quantities.
Brentwood Woven Seagrass Drum Shade
Before throwing out a lampshade, think if you’d like to use it as a decorative element somewhere else in your home. Lampshades are also super easy to cover with the fabric of your choice. Top it with a nice piece of glass to create a little surface for serving or using as an end table.
Hummingbird Glass Straws
The Next Gardener Succulent Pots
Mommy’s Helper Inflatable Bath Tub
If outdoor Christmas lights are stored in a backpack like this, you’ll never have to feel like you’re lugging heavy boxes outside just to decorate again.
Ball Regular Mouth Mason Jars
Murwall Banana Leaf Wallpaper
Once you run through some Vaseline, don’t throw away the container. It makes for the perfect little storage box that you can easily toss into a suitcase or slip into a drawer.
Post Honey Bunches of Oats Cereal Box
Cereal boxes can be cut and used to store supplies throughout the home. They are particularly helpful for filing papers away, too.
AmazonBasics Shower Curtain
When you replace your shower curtain, don’t throw the old one away. Save it to use as a drop cloth for future home projects or craft parties.
Misscrafts Fabric Squares
Fabric squares and swatches can be collected and contributed to a bigger project, like making a blanket or scarf, even if parts of the original garment can not be used for something else. Remember this before throwing away clothing!
Evenflo Expansion Walk Thru Room Divider Gate
Room-divider gates are helpful when pets and babies are in the home, but if you realize there isn’t much use for a room divider gate anymore, use it for something else. This wooden option would be perfect for creating a vertical garden outside.
Cypress Home Hand-Crafted Coffee Mug
Coffee mugs break so easily. Instead of sweeping away the pieces and throwing everything out, consider holding onto them for your next DIY project, like a mosaic. Coffee mugs usually carry really nice colors and a smooth surface.
Uboxes Cardboard Boxes
You can use cardboard boxes over and over again to store your belongings, or move them. If you get cardboard boxes in the mail, flatten and store them before just throwing them out. There’s a good chance you’ll have a new purpose for it sooner than later.
Stasher Silicone Reusable Food Bag
Lighten the load of waste created at lunchtime by stocking up on reusable sandwich bags. They’re the perfect size for storing travel toiletries, too.
LOCHAS Ultra Soft Indoor Modern Area Rug
The 5-Ingredient Fresh and Easy Cookbook: 90+ Recipes For Busy People Who Love to Eat Well
Unfinished Wood Squares
New Wave Enviro Gallon Water Bottle
The Prophet Hardcover Book
Instead of throwing away your favorite hardcover books, you can create mini shelves out of them.
BIC Silky Touch Twin Blade Disposable Razor
When your disposable razor is too dull to shave with, you can use it as a lint remover instead.
Even if you think your bag is out of style and good for nothing, don’t throw it out just yet. See if you can use it at home for organization, and if you can’t, donate it.
Tourna Mesh Tennis Balls, 18-Pack
Tennis balls can be cut in half and used as floor protectors or for storing little items like paper clips.
SOJOS Blue Light Blocking Glasses
If your lenses break, don’t toss out the frames. It’s the perfect time to turn your pair of broken eyeglasses into sunglasses.
Carson Home Accents Garden Stone
Garden stones easily get cracked, and when they do, don’t throw all of the pieces away. Hold onto them since you might want to use them in a future DIY mosaic project.
Officemate Giant Paper Clips
Take any extra paperclips you don’t need and see if there are any wires around the home that could use a little organization.
Maytex Shower Curtain Hooks
Instead of getting rid of shower curtain hooks you may no longer need, use them in your own closet or clothing rack to help organize your clothes, bags, and accessories.
Cafe Du Monde Coffee Chicory, 15-Ounce Ground
Blue Summit Supplies Duct Tape, 3-Pack
If you rip off the wrong length of duct tape (it happens to us all), instead of throwing away that piece, use it for something else. You can use it to remove lint from your clothing or furniture or place it upside-down on the floor to stop any roaming insects in their tracks.
Isaac Jacobs Mirror Picture Frame
Transform a photo frame you don’t have use for anymore into a mini shelf or soap dish.
Wilton Elegance Cupcake Liners, 150-Count
Ethical Crock Dog Dish
If your dog is getting a new dish, consider a few new uses for the old one before throwing it away. You can use it for outdoor hydration sessions or slip it in a drawer to organize other doggy essentials — like special treats or medicine.
Bare Decor Flooring Tiles
Once a flooring project is complete, don’t be so quick to throw away the extra tiles or pieces of wood. Hang onto them and incorporate them into other design elements of the room, like end tables or even a bar surface.
AmazonBasics Beginner Acoustic Guitar
It’s never a great idea to throw an instrument away! There are so many curious musicians willing to bring an old instrument back to life at way less of a cost than what a music shop might list. If you can’t sell it, donate it. And if you can’t donate it, leave it outside for someone to take home.
Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Liquid Dish Soap, 3-Pack
When your dish soap runs out, reuse the bottle to store other liquids. Plenty of people swear that using this kind of bottle is perfect for dispensing pancake batter.
Rawlings Official 2020 Baseball of Major League Display Baseball
If you’re a sports fan with various forms of memorabilia, it can be hard to not feel cluttered.
Though you might be tempted to clear it out and just dump it, you should consider showcasing it at your next garage sale or dropping it off as a donation. Shoppers will be tempted to snag sports memorabilia since it will really pop out to a fan among other things on display.
Super Value Depot Glass Marbles
Don’t throw away your old marbles. Sure, you may play with them one day, but old marbles can actually be repurposed and used to jazz up plants, seal holes, and more!
AmazonBasics Hardside Luggage Suitcase
If you just got a brand-new luggage set, you might want to throw away the one you’ve had for years. Luggage takes up a ton of closet space, but instead of throwing it out, open it up and see if you can incorporate it into the storage and display system you already have going in your closet.
Tidy-Cup Laundry Detergent And Fabric Softener Gadget
After you’ve used up all of your laundry detergent, you can use the container and push dispenser at your next camping trip and fill it up with water and soap for a quick and easy hand-washing station.
Blue Summit Supplies 3-Ring Binders, 4-Pack
If you know a kiddo or teen who uses binders throughout the school year, make it a tradition to turn it into a fun scrapbook once summer hits.
ECBIO Biodegradable Toothbrush, 2-Pack
Art3d Decorative Tiles
If you have extra decorative tiles (or if you’re taking them down) hold onto them. You might want to use them in a DIY project soon — whether you keep them complete and create a smooth-edged drink coaster, or break them apart for a mosaic project.
Cotton Craft Extra Large Bath Towels, 4-Pack
It’s easy to spot when a towel is reaching the end of its life. Instead of just discarding it, cut it up and use the pieces as rags for bigger cleaning projects.
Duck Brand Bubble Wrap Roll
After you get a package in the mail, hold onto the bubble wrap instead of throwing it away. You never know when you’ll need it to fill space in your own box that’s being mailed out.
Thetis Homes Empty Amber Glass Spray Bottles
TecUnite St.Patrick’s Day Beads, 20-Pack
Reuse seasonal clothing and accessories instead of tossing it all out once the day is over. You might need them again, or know someone who will!
Bounce Fabric Softener Sheets, 240 Count
Once your fabric sheets have cycled through a dryer load, hang onto them for your dusting and static-removing needs. Whether your hair has too much static or your TV screen has a layer of dust that you can see, used dryer sheets present the perfect solution.
Augonfever Libra Necklace
It might not be your style anymore, but you should never throw away something with your zodiac symbol. Save it for a future garage sale or take it to a consignment store. Shoppers will be faster to buy something if they personally connect with it and chances are some of your shoppers might be the same sign.
Generic Plastic Vials With Snap Cap 30 Dram — 12 Per Bag
Instead of throwing away your empty pill bottles, clean them, keep them, and use them to store other things like bobby pins, change, or hair ties. It will be so easy to reach into your purse and grab a bottle like this instead of feeling around for super small items.
Flexible Plastic Cutting Board Mats
Thin, flexible cutting board mats don’t need to be thrown away if you just marked up one side pretty good. You can cut the cutting board down to create a more compact space for chopping while saving money on buying a new one. These can also be used in other areas of the home, like as a protective mat for the cleaning supplies that reside underneath the sink.
Annovero Cereal Bowls, Set of 6
Smaller decorative cereal bowls can be repurposed if you need to replace the plating themes in your kitchen for something new. Use bowls like this as planters or organizers in other areas of your home, like at your vanity.
Wine Cork Holder
Rather than throwing away all of the wine corks you collect, pile up a collection and then choose a craft to put those corks to good use.
If upon redoing a room you realize you no longer have need for a piece of furniture, like a dresser, you should absolutely consider donating or selling the item instead of just throwing it away.
With dressers, specifically, see if there’s something simple you can do to completely reinvent the piece so it has a different purpose for another room in your home.
Puffs Plus Lotion Facial Tissues, 6-Pack
Once you run through a box of tissues, push your collection of plastic bags from the supermarket inside. This creates an easy system for you to grab a bag (like you’d grab a tissue) each time you need one — and saves a ton of space.
MyGift Wall-Leaning Dark Brown Wood Towel Ladder Rack
Transform an older ladder into an interior decor piece that offers shelving and style. Even if it isn’t a wooden ladder, you can still paint it whatever color you’d like to make it match in any room.
Round Plastic Table Cover, 12-Pack
After a birthday party or gathering, it’s tempting to just toss out the plastic tablecloth that was used for just a few hours. Consider rinsing it off and using it as a drop cloth for a future project, instead.
Opps White Ceramic Vases
When you’re given a floral arrangement in a vase, it’s tempting to throw out the vase when the flowers are being thrown away as well. Even if the vase that was sent to you isn’t your favorite color, you might want to use it in a DIY project at some point, use it as an outdoor planter, or save some money on the next floral arrangement you give.
House, Home and More Outdoor Carpet
Outdoor carpets can catch some stains pretty easily. Before throwing out the carpet, cut off some pieces that you can use as furniture sliders on hard flooring. It’s counter-intuitive, but you just flip the carpet so the soft side slides on the floor and the rubber side grips the furniture.
Vakker Diaper Bag Backpack
Once your baby gets a little older, you might not need that diaper bag anymore. You can, however, use it as a weekender or rep it as your new gym bag, depending on the style.
Twinings of London English Breakfast Black Tea Bags, 100 Count (Pack of 1)
Instead of throwing away your tea bag as soon as your tea is at the perfect strength, let it cool down. Apply it your eyelids as a mini spa treatment at the end of a long day.
Mountain Dew Regular, 6-Pack
After sipping through your soda supply, see if there’s something you can use the bottle for before throwing it into the recycle bin. Each base is the perfect size for starting off some newly planted seeds.
Woodman Crafts Paint Sticks
If you have extra wooden paint stirrers laying around at home, keep one by the dryer. You can cover the end of it with a secured cloth and use it as a tool to remove lint from your dryer efficiently.
Even though you may think your electronics aren’t cool anymore, there’s someone else who will. Place a listing up on eBay and chances are, someone will bite.
GiftWrap Etc. Christmas Gift Pull Bows
Never throw away holiday or gifting bows! Hold onto them so you can use them the next time you’re wrapping gifts. If the adhesive isn’t strong enough, just use a piece of tape to keep the bow attached to the present.
Homak Industrial Steel Toolbox
Reinvent the purpose of that old toolbox you’re tempted to just throw away and use it as a magazine holder in your home instead.
Mkono Macrame Plant Hanger
If you don’t have a use for that hanging planter anymore, consider where else it can be used in your home before ditching it. A new coat of paint won’t take long at all if you need to change the color. One of our favorite uses is hanging it in a kid’s room and using it for added stuffed animal storage.
Heinz Tomato Ketchup
If you’re out of ketchup, don’t throw out the glass bottle it came in. Campers love cracking open their eggs and storing them in bottles just like this. Keep it nice and cold on your journey, and in the morning you can easily whip up some tasty eggs thanks to this transportation method.
The Body Shop Detangling Comb
When new hair tools come in, old hair tools should go out, right? Well, not always! You can repurpose detangler combs and use them to detangle other areas of your life, like necklaces or wires. Simple string each wire (or necklace) through the gaps in the comb before setting down.
Your Smile Throw Pillow Case
If your favorite decorative pillow has suffered through a wine stain that you just can’t shake, don’t jump to conclusions and turn to the trash can. As long as the pillow is clean, just grab a new pillow cover and slip that one inside.
Ziploc Slider Storage Bags, 4-Pack
Just because these Ziploc bags are technically disposable doesn’t mean you have to dispose of them once you’ve used one. Depending on what you used it for the first time, you can likely rinse it out and use it for something else. You’ll love this hack once you realize how much cash it saves in the long run.
Royal Imports Willow Handwoven Easter Basket
Easter comes and goes, but the baskets you received shouldn’t go as well. Keep them, make them a different color (if you want), and use the woven baskets around your living space to keep guest towels, magazines, body sprays, and more well-organized.
Huffy Cruiser Bike
Vintage-style bikes can be used for decor in different areas of your home. Before tossing out a vintage bike that just doesn’t ride like it used to, see if there’s anywhere in your home where you can use it as decor.
Henné Organics Luxury Lip Balm
Once you make your way through your favorite lip balm, save the little jar it came in so you can use it for something else.
U Brands Cork Bulletin Board
Take your old bulletin board and turn it into a jewelry organizer. Use pushpins to hang necklaces, bracelets, and earrings galore.
TeiKis Clean Newsprint Packing Paper
Some of the most common uses include using newspaper as extra packing in a box for shipping, or using newspaper as a table mat during a messy craft session.
Amazon Brand Presto! Toilet Paper
Keep the cardboard piece inside of each of your toilet paper rolls until you have a collection. Arrange the little tubes together in a drawer to create super helpful organization.