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by | Jun 21, 2017 | Housing Trends | 1 comment

As a REALTOR®, I see a lot of home full of items accumulated over the years. One of the things I love most about my job is helping clients go through these items and get their homes ready to sell. Moving out of a home is an enormous task, and sorting through items to keep is a huge part of that.

A decorative screen, made out of old bicycle wheels.

Many times, homeowners have spent decades in their residence and that means they have accumulated a lot of STUFF over that time. Moving is a great opportunity to evaluate what you really need to keep in your life and what you need to pitch.

Some items you want to keep, but you just can’t find an exact use for them in your new homes decor and packing them away in boxes does not allow for you to enjoy their sentimental value.

That is where repurposing comes in! It is great fun to come up with ways to repurpose an old item to keep the nostalgia and make it useful in your living space at the same time.

Some examples of repurposing are cutting out the graphic on your old t-shirts and making a quilt or to make a decorative screen out of old bicycle wheels.

Perhaps you have some old tractor parts lying around. Paint them a bright color and found them onto an old stool for a funky addition to your kitchen. Even taking an old TV console and making it into a doggie daybed is a great way to create something new and fun from something old.

And don’t think about throwing out your broken items! Glue a chipped tea cup to a saucer, fill it with bird seed, and “Viola!” you have a bird feeder. A broken plate from your grandmother’s china? Use the pieces to make a mosaic stepping stone for your garden.

There are so many ways to declutter your house, all while keeping the things that are near and dear to your heart AND saving the environment by not adding to the landfill.

Perhaps you have some old tractor parts lying around. Paint them a bright color and found them onto an old stool for a funky addition to your kitchen.

What are some of your favorite items to repurpose?

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About Valerie Troupe.

Valerie Troupe is a full-time sales associate of the Fonville Morisey Realty Highway 54 office.

Valerie is a member of the Durham Regional Association of REALTORS®, the North Carolina Association of REALTORS®, and the National Association of REALTORS®.

Fonville Morisey Realty has 11 sales offices, with over 850 associates and employees throughout the Greater Triangle region.  FM offers mortgage, insurance, property management, title services, real estate education courses and relocation services through its divisions and partners. For more information about Fonville Morisey Realty, visit www.fmrealty.com.