Before I throw or give anything away I ask myself to think outside the square for some other way in which to use the item. A couple of things I have repurposed lately are pictured below.
My son recently got his license and his L-plates were no longer needed.
Now, he may be able to drive a car but he still can't tell if the plates and cutlery in the dishwasher are clean or dirty. Many times I have opened what I thought were clean plates and dishes to find Broc has thrown a cup and plate in there and contaminated the whole load.
So, I took 2 of the L-plates and glued them back to back (magnetic side out) and then decorated them with scrapbook paper. One side says "Dishes Dirty" and the other side says "Dishes Clean".
I then laminated it.
It sticks on the front of the dishwasher and when I turn the dishwasher on I turn the "Dishes are Clean" to the front. When I unstack the dishes, I turn "Dishes are Dirty" to the front.
Now there are no excuses.
I purchased this lovely doll house for my daughter 2 years ago.. I think she's played with it about 5 times. And for around $200, I did not want to give it away or even Ebay it.
Then I realised it was just a bookcase with a roof on top. I've put all the dollhouse furniture into storage for when I do want to sell it, and in the meantime it's a handy toy storage unit.