1. Sheets As Summer Curtains
On the lifestyle blog Living Well, Spending Less, lifestyle blogger and home decor expert Ashley Ann Campbell recommended using patterned sheets as awesome curtains. "I often use discount sheets (like the Walmart brand) for my curtains. Adding some trim or a band of cute fabric turns them into great curtains. I also use sheets for outdoor tablecloths and large pillows. Even with a 50 percent off coupon at most craft and fabric stores the fabric is typically still more expensive than a sheet," Campbell said.
2. Wine Bottles As Flower Vases
3. Coffee Grounds As An Odor Eliminator
On a piece in Good Housekeeping by Heloise about unusual uses for everyday items, Heloise recommended using coffee grinds as a natural odor absorber. Put it in your fridge if it's not smelling too fresh, or keep a small container by your sink to rub on your palms after chopping things like onions and garlic.
Folgers Ground Classic Roast, $8.95, Dollar General
4. Milk Gallons For Exercise
This tip isn't just a great way to re-use old milk or water gallons, but it's a super cheap alternative to buying at-home dumbbells or kettle weights. and Plus, the "weights" are totally adjustable, since you can add or subtract as much water as you want to lift — you're actually getting multiple weights for free!
5. Olive Oil For Makeup Remover
This tip is great if you're in a bind and out of your favorite makeup remover, or if you just want a cheap alternative to brand products. YouTube beauty expert Michelle Phan also said olive oil is a great natural moisturizer that actually won't leave your skin feeling greasy.
6. Dryer Sheets For Static Buildup
Dryer Sheet, $9.99, Target.com
7. Cupcake Wrappers As Decorations
In an article for Martha Stewart Living about ways to reuse common household items, the Martha Stewart team suggested using cupcake liners as decorative tops for jars you might be giving as gifts, like jams or preserves. A patterned liner and a bow instantly makes a simple jar look festive and special.
Standard Baking Cups, $4.96, jet.com
8. Organizers From Soda Bottle Bases
Stumbling upon this tip about a year ago seriously changed my life. I would constantly bemoan not having enough organizers on my dresser for things like hair pins and makeup brushes, while also constantly throwing out and recycling plastic bottles — a 100 percent free solution to my problem. These are also a great temporary way to stay organized until you have time to make it to the store for more permanent organizers.
You don't need a ton of money for household basics that will make your life easier— you can usually get everything from cute curtains to totally usable organizers with things you already have or things you can find super cheaply. Sometimes it's just a matter of reframing how you think about the items you already have lying around!