Simple DIY Door Stops You Can Make Yourself + Other Super Cool And Unique Doorstops

Using a tube bottle as a door stop. photo by Lynnette at TheFunTimesGuide.com

It wasn't until I saw this tube door stopper that I realized an empty (or not-so-empty) tube of anything makes a cheap and easy DIY door stop!Plus-d is a Japanese company that actually sells colorful tubes that are similar to a tube of hand lotion, facial cleanser, etc. and markets them as doorstops to keep your doors propped open.While those tubes may be more fashionable and modern than your typical door stopper (and regular tubes of stuff, for that matter), I can't help but think that … [Read more...]

Painting Dilemma Solved: How To Store & Use Leftover Paint

No matter the size of your painting project, odds are you will have at least one partial container of paint left over when the job is done. If the paint was a special mix, then you'll probably want to keep that remaining paint in good condition. It could come in handy if you ever have to touch-up or re-paint a scratched or damaged wall in the future. The problem is no one wants to keep lots of cans of paint in their house. So, without thinking twice, leftover paint cans usually end up on a … [Read more...]

Recycling Trash 101: How To Dispose Of Things That Can’t Go In Curbside Recycling Or Your Regular Garbage

Before you go to throw something away at home, you need to know that there are lots of household items that cannot (or should not) be disposed of in your regular trash.Many things cannot even be recycled via your regular curbside recycling or in your county's recycling dumpsters.The following items pose a hazard to the environment and human well-being and, therefore, must be recycled in other ways. Usually, this means taking the item to a Household Hazardous Waste collection center in … [Read more...]

Stainless Steel Touchless Trash Can With 2 Compartments Makes Recycling Even Easier

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We have a stainless steel 13-gallon touchless trash can that I absolutely love. (So much so that I got one for 2 different relatives that year for Christmas and I talked my in-laws into buying one as well!) But I spotted this 16-gallon touchless trash can the other day, and I think it may be even better... because it's got 2 bins! The 2 separate buckets could be used for: sorting 2 types of recyclables (paper vs plastic), or for using one side as a standard garbage can and the other … [Read more...]

Do’s & Don’t When Making A Rain Barrel For Rainwater Collection

Rain barrels are all the rage these days! Did you know that 623 gallons of water can be harvested from 1 inch of rain on a 1,000-square-foot roof? In terms of rain barrels, a typical 1/2-inch rainfall will fill a 50- to 55-gallon barrel. Here are some fun and easy ways to make your own rain barrel: Build Your Own Rain Barrel   Super Cheap & Easy DIY Rain Barrel   How To Make A Rain Barrel   3 Cheap Rain Barrels That Actually Look Nice … [Read more...]

Recycling Companies & Recyclable Materials You Might Not Think Of

These days, everyone is looking for new ways to recycle items that may not have previously been thought of as recyclable -- in hopes of avoiding the landfills. Some things are no-brainers when it comes to recycling -- such as paper, plastic and glass. But what are some of the things you can recycle that might not be so obvious? There is actually more than you might realize. In fact, a number of businesses are taking a lead role in recycling everyday items. For example, clothing stores like … [Read more...]

Freecycle: What Do You Want? What Have You Got?

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Freecycle is a grassroots project where people are giving (and receiving) stuff for FREE in their own towns.It's like a mini-eBay, only it's categorized by regions, so you join the group that's in the same city or county as you. (That way, it's easy to GIVE or GET items to others who live near you.)After hearing about Freecycle on the news soon after it began in 2003, I signed up. UPDATE: I've now been a member for 8 years!It's hard to believe that there are over 1,200 Freecycle … [Read more...]