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vweingarten
I too have a stash of cards from my PTL ( permanent true love!)
I plan to cut off the written greetings and paste them in a little book...a 45 year long love letter!
When my sons were born, I used wrapping paper from the baby gifts to line drawers in their bureaus. Every time I opened a drawer, I recalled the gift and the giver. Plus it was very colorful.
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Potty Mouth Tours
The Dr. Seuss quote is not only an alternative approach to life, it works as an approach to bathroom design, decorating, and remodels. My new favorite household alternative is mason jars - not only replacing plastic as kitchen food storage, toothbrush holder, 4 oz for q-tips, simple flower vase, liquid soap for easy travel, alternative pill storage in medicine cabinet. It may be predictable, but I'm a I Hate My Bath Junky.
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bklynharmony
I use boxes from the simplest things purchased as gift boxes (esp at Christmas) before wrapping. I started this because when my children were younger, they would tear corners of the gifts in attempt to see what gifts they had. My quick remedy for this was as simple as using an empty cereal box (esp the oversized boxes for their thickness) which I may use to wrap an article of clothing, or those bulky toys that are easily torn because of its shaping (action figures, hot wheels, dolls etc). I still keep this going and the fun in it is that my family never knows what they're really getting until they make it through my packaging.

Other suggestions for re-use: Electronic boxes, DVD covers (may really be a monetary gift) jewelry boxes, etc.
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