It’s all the rage! And everyone wants to get on board! Upcycling or repurposing. What’s not to love? You can create new home decor, save the planet AND impress your friends. But wait! Let me give you 3 reasons not to upcycle . . . anything.
If you’re a creative type, you can see the potential in just about anything. Anything with a board wider than two inches can be a shelf somewhere. Any long cylinder of any length can host hanging objects of any kind.
If you’re a resourceful sort of person, you just don’t see the point in waste. If it hasn’t rotted, then there’s life left in it.
I get all that. I’ve been known to cover the bottom of a cereal box in scrapbooking paper and use if for a chip clip container.
So if you’re being enticed by the upcycling/repurposing movement, here are 3 reasons not to give in.
- It can contribute to clutter. By its very nature re-purposing means that you will hang on to an items UNTIL you find another purpose for it. What we know for sure is that inspiration and needed materials do not materialize at exactly the same moment. You either “feel” like an item could be given another life or you “know” exactly how you want to use it. If you “know” how you want to use the item, the question that remains is do you have time right now to create this new masterpiece? Probably not. Then your item is stored in the “I’ll-get-to-it-someday” pile. The result of either scenario is clutter to be stored somewhere in hopes that you remember to come back to the lofty re-purposing goal.
- It can rob you of valuable time. If you are convinced that re-purposing is the way to go, then know that this item waiting for its incarnation, will call your name every time you pass it. At some point you will have a decision to make: will you dig into the remake or will you continue to store it all the while feeling guilty until you finally give in? Is another project really the best use of your time right now? Is this project really necessary to the happiness of your family or just a cute little thingamajig to impress? When you finally work to bring new life to whatever you have re-imagined, how much time will you
wastespend on it. You are after all imagining a project for which you only have rough instructions if any at all.
- It will cost you. Many upcycling projects are just fun; they are for our pleasure. So let’s be honest, you know this project is going to cost you an unknown number of trips to the store, and the cost of supplies (the remainder of which you will never use). Let’s recap: you are spending money on a creation that is not needed, may not contribute to the value of your life, and has robbed you of valuable time. I’m just sayin’.
If someone in your family is suggesting that you could contribute to the family budget by upcycling, please, by all means, feel free to use these reasons to stop the discussion in its tracks.
If you’re the someone suggesting that you could contribute to the family budget by upcycling, please, by all means, ignore these reasons and pursue your projects with all the satisfaction, creativity and stress-reducing that upcyling and repurposing offers.