In choosing to live a life that is more self-reliant, one should value being a good steward of their resources and learn how to reuse or recycle items to serve other purposes. If we are in a downward economic spiral, like many believe, we will need to learn how to do more with less, to be frugal, value DIY and become resourceful.
I tried to put some “walk to my talk” a few weekends back when I reused old hangers as landscaping staples.
After the demise of my two backyard chickens, my coop started to fall into disrepair. Since I didn’t want to raise chickens anymore (although we all loved the eggs), I put the coop up on Craigslist and eventually gave it to a family that was homesteading. As you would expect, the chickens tore up the ground, including ripping up the weed blocker that was WAY below their coop. As the coop laid empty, weeds started popping up everywhere. Since we have a pool and people come over often, I wanted to get it ready for Summertime pool parties and such.
I knew when the local Boy Scout troop came around selling bags of mulch for a fundraiser, that I was in luck. I would have normally purchased bulk mulch, had it dropped into the bed of my truck and then spend the time carrying it from the truck bed to the backyard. But, by supporting the local Boy Scout troop, I was able to get the mulch delivered and dropped off right in my backyard!
I had weed blocker left over from previous years, so that wasn’t an expense. I didn’t have the landscaping staples to hold the weed blocker down in the ground, and in all honesty, my experience with them is that they are not very useful anyway. They are usually too short and start to pop-up.
I have a ton of wire hangers from getting my clothes laundered at the cleaners. I know it is an expense, but it is worth it to me. I used to spend a lot of time ironing my clothes in the morning, this way, I get to spend more time in prayer and reading my Bible. So, it’s worth it to me!
In the past, I have come across various articles that give tips on how to reuse wire hangers for various purposes. I usually take loads of wire hangers up to the country to have them up there for whenever we might need some wire. But, I decided to use about nine to make some super long landscape staples to hold the weed blocker down while I spread the mulch.
The only tools I used were some pliers and snips. I really didn’t even need the pliers!
See the pics below.
I started by cutting off the hanger’s hook.
I then cut the long piece even with one of the shorter ends, and did the same to the other side. This left me a small 2″ piece to throw away. I straightened out the “hanger” staples a little before inserting them into the weed blocker.
Weed blocker before the DIY Landscaping Staples.
Because the DIY Landscaping Staples are so much longer than regular landscaping staples, they really stuck into the ground, even when I was walking all over the weed blocker.
The Boy Scouts made this easy…
This isn’t groundbreaking, earthshattering preparedness here. But, it does speak to reusing items to benefit your quality of life. I see many people give their hangers back to the cleaners when they pick up their clothes. I’m ok with that. That is their version of recycling. However, I figure that the hangers are part of my payment for the cleaning, so I want to use them for something that I can benefit from.
This little project didn’t take me anytime. But I know that the hanger staples will stay much better than landscaping staples I could have purchased from Home Depot or Amazon.
What other ways have you used hangers?