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10 Surprising Things to Recycle

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There are plenty of items that you never knew you could recycle. Recycling is not solely about plastic and making your own compost. Billions of recyclable items are usually thrown into the garbage. Check out these 10 items that are typically left at a landfill when they could be recycled.

1. Appliances

Home and kitchen appliances are recyclable! Some places, like GoodWill, will take working appliances.

2. Discs

CDs, DVDs, and gaming discs are also recyclable and put back into some good use.

3. Shoes

Put an end to throwing out old shoes you can donate them to any GoodWill. Also, most athletic stores like Nike and Adidas accept old running shoes. Additionally, there are donation boxes that accept shoes and other clothing items.

4.  Electronics

Tons of electronics like gaming systems, phones and computers end up in landfills. Instead, take them to a waste facility that can properly recycle electronics.

5. Empty Make up Containers

Do not toss those empty make up containers into the garage bin. Beauty store like MAC and Aveda will take those empty containers and recycle them for you!

6. Wine Corks

Wine corks make for a great DIY project for one afternoon or you can donate them to the company ReCORK, which recycles them.

 7. Holiday Lights

Have piles and piles of old, unused holiday lights that are tied up in one huge knot? Well there is a company called HolidayLeds that will gladly take all of those lights off of your hands and recycle them.

8. Crayons

The National Crayon Recycling Program is the one in charge of keeping millions of crayons piling up on landfills each year. They take the old and broken crayons and repurpose them into new crayons for other people to use.

9. Eye glasses

If you are someone that has old glasses around the home, then you can recycle them! Eyeglass companies and stores will take those off of your hands and recycle them.

10. Mattress

There are multiple parts of a mattress can be taken apart and used again. Do not go drop it off at a trash dump!

Tips for Staging a Home

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Trying to sell your home and quickly? There are some tips and tricks in order to sell that home fast on the market. There is a little bit of method to the madness that is staging a home and we have cracked the code. These tips will help anyone sell their home and fast! Check out these staging tips.

Nice Welcome

The outward appearance of the home makes all the difference. The yard and outside of the home are the first things people notice when they see the home. You have to clean up the yard and possibly give the home a little paint job in order to catch the eye of the buyer.

Appeal to Men and Women

The home should appeal to both sexes. A home should not solely appeal to one sex over the other. That usually will turn off some buyers and hurt the chances of the home being sold. The main places in a home that should appeal to both male and female is the bedroom and living room.

Clean, Clean, Clean

The home should be spotless for a staging. One turn off to many buyers is a dirty or cluttered home. The home should feel open. Make sure to have everything picked up off the floors and that most items are put away in their place. Wipe down all counters and clean those floors!

Personal Items

There are going to several different people that come in and out of your home for a staging. There are some personal items that do not need to be on display for the public. Bathrooms are the main places that should have personal items put away such as toiletries or medicine. Ask yourself, “Would I mind other people seeing this?” and is the answer is no, then put it away!

Traveling Green

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No, this post is not about all of the greenest places you can travel or the best green outfits to wear while traveling. This post is about how to be green while traveling. Traveling can sometimes make it a little more difficult when it comes to recycling and making the greener choices. Here are some green tips to help maintain that green living while you are away and traveling.

Green Transportation

When you are exploring the new places you are in think of a greener way to travel when you are there. Bikes are a great alternative when you are traveling abroad. Bikes can get you around almost anywhere and they make sightseeing easier. A great way to get your steps in while on vacation is walking around. Walking is exercise and a green alternative to driving a car. These are great ways for traveling green.

Ask About Recycling

Staying at a hotel? Then ask them about their recycling policy. Most hotels should have recycling available. If that is not the case, then plane ahead. Bring some trash bags with you and separate your trash from recycling. In the end you can recycle everything on your own and feel better about the greener choices you have made.

Local, Local, Local

Stay local when you are traveling abroad. Most placed get their money from tourism, so think local when traveling abroad. Ask the hotel where the best local restaurants to dine are at and where the best local markets there are when it comes to shopping. Supporting the local farmers and workers is always the better and greener choice when traveling abroad.

Reusable Bottle

Bring your own water bottle abroad instead of using plastic water bottles. Some hotels supply their own watering stations and are supportive of reusable water bottles over using plastic ones. Reusable bottles are the greener choice when it comes to traveling green.

Summertime Recycling

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Recycling is a year-round thing, but a change in the weather means different things can be recycled. Summertime means there is a change in the weather, clothing and even the food. With all of these changes comes different type of recycling. Summer means there are more chances for different things to be recycled. These summertime recycling tips are here to make your summer a little greener.

Purge the Closet

Go through your closet and purge through the clothes. A change in weather calls for some new clothes, but you should get rid of some old ones first. There are plenty of places that are willing to accept clothing donations. Any local GoodWill is open for clothes donations. You can also click here and locate a clothes donations box near you.

Water Bottles

Summer means the weather is getting warmer and that means people drink more water. Do not keep drinking out of those plastic bottles. Invest in a reusable water bottle and decrease your contribution to plastic pollution. Reusable water bottles are a great summer accessory and are even better for the environment. This is a great and easy summer recycling tip.

Recycling at BBQ’s

There are plenty of summer barbeques that happen. Do not have everyone throw their trash into trash bins. Have some recycling labeled for guests. Bring recycling to these summer time parties and help the planet while having a good time. Maybe you will start the recycling trend amongst your friends and family.

Traveling Tips

Take a lot of summer trips? Well here are some traveling tips to keep your traveling this summer green. Do not keep repeatedly buying small toiletries. Instead, buy small plastic bottles that can be refilled multiple times. Keep up with your own waste and make sure you are actively recycling while away from home. Summer recycling can be hard while traveling, but it can be done.

Keep Your Cool this Summer

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The summer heat wave has arrived and it is time to figure out how to stay cool this summertime. Do not have an AC available? Well these tips on staying cool will make needing an AC obsolete. Summer time does not have to be you becoming a puddle of sweat. These cooling off tips are easy and can make the summer more enjoyable. Check out these cooling off tips for the summer time!

Create Shade

The sun is the source of the heat, so keeping that sun out of sight means keeping the heat away. Keep those blinds closed! Create some shade inside the home by closing the curtains and keeping the sunlight out of reach. You can even invest in black out shades to ensure the sun stays out.

Nighttime Air

During summer nights, the temperature drops and the air starts to cool down. Open up the doors and windows and let the summer’s cool night inside the home. This will help cool down the home. It is also a nice temperature to enjoy some outdoors time this summer.

Grill Time

Summer time is the perfect time to grill more. Cooking inside the home creates more heat in the home which is not ideal in this heat. It is time to go outside and dust off that old grill. Nothing brings people together better than a grill out. Bonus, almost everything can be grilled!

Outside Greens

Shrubs can be a great way to create some shade outside the home. Tall shrubs can be used to shade the home and make it naturally cooler. Trees are a great addition to any yard to create some natural shade. These natural shaders can cool off sidewalks and driveways and help feet not get burnt.




DIY Garden

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Do not have any green or land available for you to grow your own garden? Do not worry! There are plenty of other options you can choose from in order to have the garden you have always dreamed of. It is DIY garden time. These DIY gardens are easy to make and not on the expensive side. It is all about being creative and being able to work with what you have around the home. Here are some cool gardens you can make without having any land.

Mason Jars

Have any mason jars lying around the home? These are the perfect DIY garden for some herbs. Plant any herbs you want like, rosemary, basil, mint, etc. The best part about using mason jars as a garden is that you can decorate them. Paint the jars with some decorations or create some cute labels for the herbs.

Cinder Blocks

Cinder blocks can be a cool and modern style of garden. These blocks are able to hold larger plants and can give a pop of modernism to a room.  Check out this tutorial to make cinder blocks into plant holders at Contemporist, people will not believe you made it yourself and from cinder blocks!


Old pallets can easily be turned into the perfect garden. The pallets are able to keep your garden organized and easily maintained. You do not have to do anything to the pallets, except fill them with some dirt and plant some plants in them. They are perfect for vegetables!


Old tires are another great thing to recycle into a DIY garden. You are able to plant multiple plants in one tire. You do not even have to keep the plain, black color. Grab some paint and give those tires a summer makeover. They will be the perfect plant holders for the summer time.

DIY Bathroom Remodel

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Sometimes bathrooms need a little bit of a makeover and that can be pricey at times. Here are some bathroom remodeling tips that are within a budget and will make your bathroom the star of the show. There are some bathroom projects out there that will elevate the bathroom and are simple for anyone to do at their home! Get ready for some low priced and great quality DIY bathroom remodeling projects.

Vanity Makeover

Is the paint on your vanity fading or just too dull for your taste? Well there is a simple solution in order to wake it up. Use a gel stain! Gel stain is able to change the color of any vanity and bring it back to life. Here is an easy tutorial you can follow at Designing Vibes.

Mirror Frame

Cherished Bliss has a simple and cute frame that is easy to make for your bathroom mirror. A wooden frame brings a nice pop to the bathroom and creates a homey feeling. You can reuse old wood and paint it up to make it look brand new. Everyone will be stopping to take a second look in this mirror. This is a great remodeling trend.

Peel & Stick Tile

Too expensive to pay for someone to come in and tile up your bathroom? Well these peel and stick tiles are a great option for anyone trying to update their bathroom and stay within a budget. You can create a tile background for your bathtub or use it as backsplash on your vanity. Peel and stick tile is an easy and inexpensive remodeling tip.

Storage Ladder

If you are tight on space in your bathroom, then this DIY storage ladder is perfect for you. Jenna Sue has a great tutorial that shows how to make a storage ladder out of old repurposed wood. This storage ladder is able to hold many items and brings a rustic feel to any bathroom.

Basement Organization

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Have not been done in the basement for a while? Well it is time to take a walk down there and declutter that basement. Do not let that little voice in your mind say that this task is too overwhelming or you cannot find the time. Organizing the basement is a task that is not overwhelming and will make your life easier once is it completed. Here are some pro tips when it comes to organizing the basement.

Throw it Out

Some things are meant to be thrown away. If you are someone that has a lot of stuff stored in the basement then you should go through all of those items and throw some of them out. Ask yourself, “Has this been used in the last year?” If the answer to that question is no, then you should probably throw it away.

Bin, Bins, Bins

Storage bins are a great way to organize things easily and quickly. Everything needs its place and bins can become the home to almost everything. When you are putting things away make sure they have a rhyme to the reasoning. Labeling the bins are another secret to organizing and staying organized.

Everything off the Floor

There should be nothing lying around on the floor by the time you are done cleaning out the basement. If everything is supposed to have a spot for it, then there should not be anything on the floor. The floor should be clean and empty. The more things that are on the floor, the more a room can feel cluttered.

Creative Storage

Get creative with how you store things. Not everything has to be thrown into a been. Use free wall space and hang up some things in a cool design. You can create your own cubbies and shelves and can be easy clean up toys.

Summer Backyard

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Summertime is here and that means more time spent outside. A backyard is the perfect place to hold outdoor barbeques and to just sit and relax during the day. You can also enjoy a family dinner outside in the evening. A backyard is a place where people can hang out and enjoy the summertime. Here are some summer backyard ideas to make your yard more inviting to hang out during this summer.


A theme is a great way to start working on designing your backyard. The theme could be anything; beach, color, modern, etc. A theme is helpful when coming up with ideas and keeping those ideas organized. Shopping can be overwhelming and a theme helps shrink that overwhelming feeling down.

Outdoor Lounge

The backyard is the perfect place to hang out and relax during the summer. Turn your back yard into an outdoor lounge. Start with a nice canopy to cast shade over a cool relaxing area. You can repurpose old lounge chairs by decorating the pillows or giving them a new pop of color. Go to a thrift store and find an old coffee table that can be cleaned up and possibly add a glass top to give it a sleek feel.

Flower Display

Flowers are a source of beauty and can bring some color into a backyard. A nice flower display in a corner or even spread out around the backyard would be a nice addition to have. Flowers are a quick and easy way to pretty up a summer backyard for any home.


Walkways are a cool and sometimes funky thing to have in the backyard. Repurpose old wooden pallets and create a wooden walkway. Get some stones and create a funky and fun walkway that can add depth to a yard. Walkways are able to connect parts of the yard that are broken.

Plants that Repel Bugs

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Bugs during the summer time can become a little annoying if you are trying to relax on your porch or throwing a BBQ in your back yard. No one really wants the bugs around. Bug repellants can be filled with chemicals that are sometimes harmful. The best bug repellant is always the natural option. Some plants are natural bug repellants and are the perfect addition to any home. Here are some plants that you may want to add to your garden this summer time!


Lavender is a smell that many people correlate with relaxation and spas, but it also repels mosquitoes, fleas and flies. Unlike humans, those bugs do not like the smell of lavender. Lavender is a beautiful plant that brings some purple to your garden and it is the perfect repellant for those annoying bugs. You can also use the oil from lavender to use on your body as a natural repellant.


Basil is a great herb to cook with, but this is another amazing natural bug repellant to have around the home. Basil helps repel mosquitoes and pesky house flies. The oil that comes from basil leaves can also be a natural treatment for mosquito bites. Add it into some of those dishes you cook at home and keep around the home to ward off the bugs.


Rosemary is another great herb to have around when it comes to cooking. It also has a nice smell. The best part is that it repels mosquitoes. It is also great repellant when it comes to other insects that have negative effects on gardens. This is one good smelling, natural bug repellant.


Lemongrass is a great repellant with mosquitoes. Lemongrass has a natural oil, citronella, that repels mosquitoes. This is a perfect summer time plant to have around the home. It is a natural repellant to those mosquitoes.

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