It’s official: the economy is in a recession. Things are not looking good any time soon, and the only recourse for some companies is to let go of their employees. Companies have used various terms to lessen the blow for employees: cutbacks, downsizing, right-sizing, re-engineering, optimization, and streamlining. Yet once you get that notice or e-mail that you’re out of a job, your whole world seems to have crumbled around you.
On a recent dumpster diving trip, we came across several discarded pairs of jeans. They seemed perfectly good and sported no rips, stains or funky smells. Since these 43 X 30s were out of our size range, they went right to the thrift store’s drop box.
Spotting these seemingly still-good jeans being discarded brought up a question: what can you do with old jeans that you just can’t wear any longer? Actually, a lot of things. Denim is a sturdy and long-lasting material. Most of the suggestions below require some level of craftiness, but with a little time and effort you can give those old jeans new life. Bonus: recycling jeans to make stuff is a fantastic way to save money and increase your green factor. Next time we see some old jeans going to waste, we’re snagging ‘em.
1. Make draft stoppers for your doors. Use a leg of the jeans, fill it with stuffing or old rags, and sew up both ends.
2. Make heating pads for your aches and pains or cold winter beds. Cut off one half of a jeans leg, sew up one end, and fill it with rice or dry corn. Sew up the other end of the leg, then microwave whenever you need a quick dose of heat therapy.
3. Cut the material into strips and use the strips to weave, knit, or crochet a sturdy throw rug.
With fuel prices climbing ever higher and the typical American budget being stretched to capacity already, it comes as no surprise that many of us are forgoing our annual summer vacations this year. For a family with limited resources, a vacation can seem frivolous.
How do you handle keeping the plants alive while you’re off traveling for days at a time? If you’re like the geniuses at LifeHackery Central, you’ll forget that you even have houseplants and come home to dried-up leaves and stems littering your floor. Oops.
If you just can’t ask someone to come water your plants for you while you’re away, don’t spend a ton of money on one of those fancy time-release watering systems. For the price of a soda and some old pantyhose, you can make your own.
Start with an empty plastic bottle that once held a soft drink or water. Use a single-serving bottle for smaller plants or a 2-liter bottle for larger pots. This will only work with bottles that have screw-top caps, so don’t throw the cap away when you’re done with the drink.
Cut the very bottom part of the bottle off (so it resembles a funnel) using a sharp knife or scissors. We wouldn’t suggest a saw, but don’t ask why we know that. Then put a few holes in the bottle cap with a nail, drill, or your trusty Dremel. Don’t make them too big and don’t put more than three or four holes in one cap.
Cut a square of material from an old pair of pantyhose and put it over the opening of the bottle. Screw the holey cap on to hold the square of pantyhose in place. The nylon will act as a filter to keep dirt from gumming up the holes in the cap.
When it’s all assembled, just bury the bottom (the part with the cap) of your new watering device in the pot with the plant. Make sure that it’s buried deep enough to be stable and not tip over and fall out of the soil.
Fill the bottle up with water and go enjoy yourself on vacation. The small holes in the bottle will release water slowly into the soil, making sure that your plant is never under-watered or over-watered.
With the abundance of fast foods and convenience foods available to us at all hours of the day, it’s no wonder that so many of us find ourselves addicted to the quick fix of sugary or salty treats. When your waistline starts to expand and you can no longer fit into your favorite jeans, it might be time to kick the junk food habit and learn to eat real food again.
Garrett Whelen wrote a great article on How to Kill Your Addictions to Junk Food and Soda Pop. It contains wisdom like “change one habit at a time” and an ingenious method for cutting down on your junk food spending. If you follow the suggestions in this article, you should be well on your way to a much healthier you in a matter of just weeks.
If you want to take the idea even further, you might want to take a look at your sugar consumption. Do you find yourself craving sugar constantly? The concept of sugar addiction is rapidly gaining acceptance in the medical community. Along with acknowledgment of the problem has come many suggestions for treating it. Start at home with a few simple suggestions, but see your doctor if you need additional help.
Overcoming any addiction is very difficult to accomplish. It will take a minimum of several weeks to be successful and may take many months. Even when it seems impossible, willpower and a strong support system will help you through the difficult times to the healthier life that is waiting for you on the other side.
* We all love junk food and chocolates but most of us fall into the trap of getting addicted to these kinds of stuff. To keep a healthy lifestyle, you should know how to beat chocolate cravings today.