Tuesday 19 April 2016

10 Things you should never throw out if you have Children



I'm one of those people who is a borderline hoarder when it comes to not wanting to chuck things out. I always look at things and think of a great use for them. Luckily I don't keep everything or my house would be a tip! But here are a few things I do keep because they are just really handy if you have children. Especially if you love arts and crafts. 

1. Toilet Rolls - I have a small tower being built in the bathroom at the moment, and its not because I'm to lazy to put them in the bin but because they are so great for crafts! You can make rockets out of them, castles, they make great chimneys for houses. The list is endless to what you can make out of them. 



2. Coloured Tissue Paper - When I've had certain items delivered in the post, or been given a gift in a gift bag, sometimes they have come wrapped with nice coloured tissue paper. I always store this into my art box, and we have always made such lovely things with them such as flowers and pictures. It saves you money as then you no longer need to head to the shop to by some. 

3. Bottles - Empty plastic bottles are also another good one. Firstly you can use these for crafts, make them into a rocket, cars or anything you can think of. Secondly the lids make great windows with them being round. Thirdly you can make sensory bottles out of them. (See here for a example)

4. Cereal Boxes - These are great to build out of or simply chop up and paint on or drawn on. Perfect for that day you have run out of coloured card. They are also easy enough to store if you flatten them down. 

5. Old clothing - If its not worth the charity shop, don't just chuck it in the bin. You can cut it up and make great collages out of it. If its baby clothes you can always make a nice picture to frame as a keepsake. We plan to do this soon so keep your eye out for it. 

6. Used takeaway tubs - Obviously wash them first but then they are perfect for storing snacks, pencils, crayons, your cut up material Etc. The list of what you can store is endless and they all neatly can stack on top of each other when put away. 

7. Used jars - Ever opened a packet of sequins and the bags ripped to much and they are falling everywhere and there is no way of now storing them? Well I've started using old coffee jars to store them in. They are perfect and keep all your arty bits neat and tidy. You can also store buttons, that last bit of pasta or rice you saved for crafts, glitter, or that open packet of sweeties that you don't want them to have all at once. 



8. Newspapers - If you are about to do arts and crafts then what better way to protect your floors or work services from glue and paint. I kept forgetting to save them until I recently had a messy paint incident and the newspaper came to the rescue. Also don't forget all the fun you can have with Paper Mache. 

9. Wrapping paper and Cards - I've always been one of them people who neatly opens her gifts and so always managed to keep my paper neat. Wrapping paper is usually so colourful and so perfect to cut up and use to make a picture. Then birthday cards all come with colourful pictures on the front and are again perfect to cut up and you could even use it to make your own personalised card for the next occasion. 

10. Yoghurt Pots - These have several handy jobs. My favourite is using them as paint pots. That way you don't end up with it all mixed together and making a horrible brown colour. Then another great thing to use them for is growing things. They make great starter flower pots perfect to grow herbs in. 



I hope I have given you a few things ideas for the future and I would love to know what things you have saved that you have found handy!

Have you or do you think you will start saving any of the above from now on? 


19 comments:

  1. I'd never have thought about most of these thngs but it's good when you have kids that you can reused so many things x

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  2. great tips,I think I will start saving them now

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  3. These are some great tips - it is amazing what you can do with things you often throw out. x

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  4. Do keep most of these too as I never want to throw anything away
    Don't really keep my toilet rolls but I will be doing now x

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  5. Do keep most of these too as I never want to throw anything away
    Don't really keep my toilet rolls but I will be doing now x

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  6. These are such great tips, we do admittedly save most of these to make things with but there were a few I would have never dreamed of!

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  7. Great post. You are so right especially with the toilet rolls

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  8. These are all great things to save for upcycling projects for sure! I save bits of ribbon off chocolate boxes and new clothes tags too.

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  9. Now this is a great list that people should probably have on their fridge x

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  10. I wish I could save things for arts and crafts on a rainy day but hubby complains. Great list though, bet little one has great fun at home.

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  11. You are so right about all of these doodads being helpful. I love your yogurt container idea for paint!

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  12. These are really good ideas. And not just for children. I will definitely bookmark this post and use some of the ideas as I loved them.:)

    Mookieslife 

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  13. Oh yes, you are so right. It's amazing what kids find adorable and can play for hours with.

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  14. I am a great believer in the ethos want not want not, I feel that we should use up any leftover scraps and utilize them to be used again i.e. yoghurt pots to hold plants.

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  15. I loved this, these are great reminders - I often throw things out then think how great they would have been for Jack to use!

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  16. Reading this and now I know I am not the only one who has a box full of similar things that I keep for arts and crafts.

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  17. these are good ideas! will keep it in mind whenever i decide to have children

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  18. We used to have a big box of all of these kinds of things for arts and crafts when I was a kid, inspired by Blue Peter! It's a great idea to keep them hanging around to keep little ones busy :) x

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  19. it's really amazing how mums can be as resourceful as you. Having children can really make you creative and savy person. hehe

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