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Experts discuss ways to reuse items you'd normally throw away.

Savings Experiment: Repurposing Household Items
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If you get creative, there are plenty of household items that can be repurposed to help you get organized. In fact, many disposable items can have a second life, if you know how to use them.

For instance, empty toilet paper rolls that would normally end up in the trash are great for helping to organize loose wires, cords, headphones and more. Just take a roll and cut it into rings. Place the rings inside of a shoebox or plastic bin so that they don't shift. Put individual cords or wires inside each ring to keep them untangled. You can also use an empty paper towel roll for this.

For small jewelry items and hair clips, try using an ice cube tray as a handy organizer for your dresser. Each cube is a perfect size for small odds and ends, like hair elastics and rings. The tray's rectangular shape will also help it fit nicely in your drawer.

For another great storage solution, think twice before tossing those empty tuna cans. The can be great for small things like bobby pins, paper clips, and other little loose items. They're made of durable aluminum, so they'll last a lifetime. Simply wash with hot water and bleach to get rid of any lingering odors, and you'll be good to go. Bonus: they stack, too.

Tea BagsFinally, tea drinkers have another use for their discarded tea bags. Put the damp bags in a bowl and place it in the fridge for a few days. The tea bags will absorb any odors, and offer same effect as a box of baking soda.

So, if you want to save some cash and organize your belongings, consider repurposing these budget-friendly items. It'll be good for the environment and your wallet.

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