Being Resourceful When Necessary – A Self-Reliant Value To Live By! Re-purposing Old Hangers!

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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…

Finished area.


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?


20 Things You Should Never Throw Away

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With all the garbage piling up in our landfills, everyone should take the time to recycle whatever they can. Especially if their local government provides recycling bins. But even if they don’t, it’s still worthing finding ways to recycle and upcycle used items, if only to save a little bit of money. Odds are, you’re […]

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Best Free Preps!

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Best Free Preps! Highlander “Survival and Tech Preps” This is all about those free preps you might not have known you can get for… well free! What about all those different items that you can reuse for prepping? Not only the reuse but also what we can do to make a little extra money for our prepping … Continue reading Best Free Preps!

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19 Ingenious Ways To Use Empty Food And Drink Containers

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19 Ingenious Ways To Use Empty Food And Drink Containers There are so many uses for empty food and drinks containers. From use as a storage container to use as dispenser, to being used as a tool. These containers are very versatile and reusing and repurposing can lead to many DIY projects. Thanks to …

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Amazing Ways You Can Reuse Aluminum Cans

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Amazing Ways You Can Reuse Aluminum Cans Although aluminum cans might not be the most convenient type of packaging if you are on the go, it is one of the best ones for storing different foods and drinks because it not only provides durability in the sense that you can just throw an aluminum can in […]

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Yard Sale Savvy: Using Salvaged Materials for Garden Planters

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Yard Sale Savvy: Using Salvaged Materials for Garden Planters If you want to save a lot of money this year when it comes to your garden, this article is for you! You can spend a small fortune on planters from the garden center but when you come to set them out you notice so has …

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12 Really Cool Ways to Make Treasure Out of Trash

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12 Really Cool Ways to Make Treasure Out of Trash In the United States, we generate over 250 million tons (that’s 500 billion pounds) of trash every year, which ultimately ends up in our landfills. As I have stated previously landfills are contributing to air and ground water pollution and contributing to global warming by releasing …

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History all around me

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Going off grid for us meant moving some 500 miles west of the place where I grew up, but I am fortunate to still have a piece of my childhood nearby. I sleep a few inches from it every night, and it’s right above my head across the room, it’s also out on my deck. This little piece of history started out life as a wooden fence, dog eared (the style of cut on the top). My dad wanted more privacy in our back yard so he went to the local lumberyard, purchased a stack of fencing and all the necessary hardware & parts to put up a 6 foot wooden fence.

I still remember him working on the fence after he had come home from work and on the weekends, digging holes for the fence posts, using a long piece of twine to keep the fence line straight… Within a few weeks, our backyard was enclosed and private. Years passed and that wood weathered to a silvery tan color, Dad didn’t stain it but preferred the natural color.

Eventually my dad replaced the fence with new wood, being a child of the depression, he couldn’t bring himself to throw out the old fencing boards that were still good so he stacked them behind the shed. PB was able to use some of them in his business over the years, he did restaurant repair and one of his customer’s decor used lots of weathered wood, that is something you can’t buy from the hardware store.

When we were about to move to our off grid home, I remembered that old wood stacked behind the shed, there weren’t many pieces left, my dad was happy enough for us to take them. These old pieces of history have been used in various places in the SkyCastle, the headboard of the bed, as trim over the windows in the bedroom, as trim around windows on the deck. The wood is worn smooth, the nail holes remind me of my father’s hands pounding the nails through the boards.

My father is long gone, he passed away in 2012 and was instrumental in making a smooth transition to our life off grid. I am happy to have a piece of my history so close by. How about you? Do you have a piece of your history in your life? If so, tell me about it below, I’d love to hear your story.


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Recycling And Repurposing To Redecorate – On The Cheap!

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Whether you want to redecorate your room or your whole house – you don’t have to break the bank to do it. With a little leg work, you can salvage, recycle and build almost anything you need to fill any room for pennies on the dollar – or in some cases – for free! No matter if its building with pallet wood, recycled lumber or a repurposing a salvaged item found at the curb or a garage sale – the sky is the limit for what you can create to fill your home with a custom vintage look. Over the past four years – we have built and created over 50 items from recycled materials that have helped to decorate and fill our home and farm for a fraction of what new would cost – not only saving big money – but saving the items from ending up in the landfill. The re-use and re-purposing of materials has become not just a way to live more responsibly while cutting costs, but evolved into a hobby and a form of art for us. It also gives the added benefit of creating our own history and stories that accompany the things found in our home. For today’s DIY […]