Yep, I have lots of notebooks, beauty products, handbags, jewellery. I honestly love each and every one of them. I try to rotate all of them so they each have a chance to be used.

But sometimes things don’t work. As beautiful as they are, they may be the wrong size, a bit awkward to use, not work as well as I had hoped, or not look quite right.

What do I do with them then? I am an avid recycler of most things I cannot use.

  • magazines go to the local hairdresser/pizza takeaway/charity shop/medical centre/school and old age home.
  • shampoo is used to wash delicate clothing or as a shower gel
  • conditioner is used as a fabric softener or a shaving cream
  • cheap facial moisturisers used as hand cream or body lotion
  • bound notebooks given to my students to use for their notes or the pages taken out and punched for use in my Filofax
  • makeup bags used as pencil cases or vice versa
  • lipstick used as cheek gloss (only use a teeny bit!)
  • blusher used as eye shadow (only use a little bit)
  • necklaces used as bracelets or belts
  • short chains joined together to make long ones
  • scarves used to replace removable handbag straps or used as belts
  • keyrings or jewellery used to make Filofax or Midori charms
  • dull, boring cardigans, jackets or coats can have the buttons replaced with funky unusual ones.

Author: Janet Carr

Fashion, beauty and animal loving language consultant from South Africa living in Stockholm, Sweden.

2 thoughts

  1. I am with you on all items except for the beauty products. Due to scent allergy, I have to use unscented products. I really miss mascara and Nina Ricci’s l’Air de Temps and the very old Zen by Shizedo – I doubt it still exists. Love the ideas – some known and some new. Long chains – yes and changing buttons – new bling!

  2. That’s a good idea about chains! I much prefer long chains, and get grumpy when a pendant comes with one that’s more like a choker! And I think I’m going to have a go at making charms – I’ve spent a fruitless afternoon looking online for ones I like, and thinking that I must be able to make some myself …

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