Junk collecting is a hobby that everyone seems to look down on. It is also a trait that runs rampant in my family. I have first hand experience with hoarding, and this is not at all what I am talking about in this post. There is a fine line between saving useful things and it taking over your entire home. Be careful!!
That being said, I am always on the lookout for useful junk. We plan to scavenge for our final house as much as possible. Being a one income family, we need to spend as little money as possible and get a lot out of it. I encourage everyone to reuse as much as possible and pickup junk you need whenever you can. Whenever you drive by a large pile that is out to the trash, always check for important items.
If you do a little bit of research, you will find that there are countless ideas of what can be done with junk. From saving takeout food containers to put leftovers in right on up to building a house. Check out “Garbage Warriors” and the recycled house guy if you want to learn more about building a house out of recycled material. I am not talking about recycled foam boards that make house panels, I’m talking about building walls out of tires.
Many of the projects we do around here will be done with recycled materials. I have a list of junk I am collecting right now: tires, water jugs, windows, glass bottles, and soda cans. There are projects in mind for all of of these items, I don’t just stack everything up just in case. Some things I do stack up just in case though, but I try not to. Some of the junk projects I plan to do this year are: tire planters, outdoor shower walls, solar oven, trellises and a playground. There will be a little tutorial about how I complete the projects as I get to them. The first project will be the tire planters.