There’s a reason that folks in 3rd world countries possess so much ingenuity. They don’t have another option and. . . you gotta do what you gotta do to save money you don’t have. So today we’re talking about recycling, but not just any ole recycling. We’re going to get creative.
The above picture is no joke. When we moved into our lovely fully-furnished home, it had everything we could possibly need – except pillows. Knowing that we didn’t have a dime to spare on items that weren’t bills or fresh foods, I had to get creative – and before night fall. It just so happened we brought exactly two homemade quilts with us all the way across America. I second-guessed myself on stuffing them into our over-packed car, but they’ve proved their worth more than once. And now, yes, they are pillows. It was an adjustment the first night because they’re not as fluffy as your typical pillow. But come on, first world problems, am I right? We still have a soft spot to lay our head.
A few weeks ago when my very last ponytail holder broke I thought my life was over. I have had one or more ponytail holders on my left wrist – at all times – since middle school. (Actually, it was probably a scrunchie in middle school) Girls with long hair need a way to pull it up at a moments notice. A moments notice, I tell you! Well, believe it or not, I’ve survived even this. With the help of some carefully placed forks and the wiles of a removable bra strap. I’m not making this up, people.
But definitely my most redneck adaptation (yes, even more than the quilt pillows and bra strap ponytail holder) was my milk jug sweet tea. What do you do when you don’t have a pitcher, pot, or funnel? You get creative. MmmmMmmm, frying pan tea, poured through a Styrofoam plate and served in a plastic jug. Just like mah-maw used to make. Or something.
So often we rush out and buy something to fix even life’s minor problems. We’re a nation of consumers – it’s our way. It’s not until we’re backed into a corner of lacking that we really discover how creative we can be and how little we need. So, take the
redneck creative challenge the next time life throws you an inconvenient curve ball. I dare you. ;)
Have you come up with a brilliantly creative solution to a household problem lately? Do tell.
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