iStock_000059159292_MediumWhen people are preparing to move, one of the biggest challenges they face is finding a home for their old things. Often, many old things end up in the trash.

Well, they say that one person’s trash is another person’s treasure. These days, that old adage is truer than ever, thanks to the growing trend of repurposing – or upcycling, as it’s also called. Although it’s rooted in the recent tendency towards minimalism and green living, repurposing old items is more than just environmentally friendly. It’s also just plain fun.

Basically, repurposing involves taking old items and transforming them into beautiful furniture pieces that serve a new purpose. An old door becomes a coffee table; a used dresser becomes a love seat. The end result is a unique piece that can give a whole room an appealing and homey feel.

Interested in repurposing? Well, here are five reasons you should consider giving it a try, along with five pictured items to inspire you.

1. It’s a great way to find new homes for old things



If your old items don’t have a home with you anymore, they might just be able to find a new home through repurposing. There are many ways to go about finding homes for old items, but undoubtedly one of the most fun ways is to repurpose them. Thanks to repurposing, this old piano has a new home as a beautiful bookshelf.

2. You can get creative



If you enjoy arts and crafts, then you’ll love the creativity that repurposing projects inspire. Check out sites like, and start trying your hand at breathing new life into your old stuff, like somebody did for the old pinball machine above.

3. Repurposed projects are unique and stylish



In today’s world of efficiency, many things are mass-produced. While this allows for the production of large amounts of things, many of those things are exactly the same – and that’s a bit boring. When items are repurposed, though, they take on a new, unique style. Not only do they make a room look good; they make it look unique, as well. The bike above is just one example. Check out this list from Buzzfeed to see just how stylish repurposed items can be.

4. It’s a great way to spend time with friends and family



Like any other crafting project, repurposing old items is even more fun when done with others. Don’t have the carpentry skills to turn an old window into a coffee table, like in the project shown above? Ask your friends and family for help. It’s a great way to bond while creating something beautiful.

5. It’s environmentally friendly



One of the best parts of repurposing old things is that it’s environmentally friendly. Instead of throwing out old items and having them clutter ever-growing landfills, reuse them as something different. Creating something new out of something that would otherwise be trash is a great way to reduce waste.

Hopefully, the above projects have given you a little bit of inspiration. Check out the sites listed here, and get started with repurposing your old things today!

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At Wayforth we work with families in transition. We can empty an entire house within days, sorting what items to keep, sell, donate, and discard. Our employees pack and move everything, then prepare the house for sale. Call us for a free consultation.

Our advice is based on our experience cleaning out and settling estates for our clients. Each project is different, and each state's laws are different. We always recommend that you consult personally with experts about your particular situation before making any important decisions.