It amazes me at home much can be improvised in this way, and how well some things work in situations other than how we usually think of them.
A few of my favorite examples of using things in unexpected ways:
- Super glue on cuts. It doesn't sting, and the skin heals up way faster than any other method I know.
- Industrial shelving as bunk beds. This is weird, I know. But we have all four of our kids in one tiny room. For their beds we bought industrial shelving that was the same width as a crib mattress. It only comes in 6-food lengths, so there's plenty of room on the end of the mattress for each of them to have their dresser right up on their bed. I wish I had a picture, but the lights in their room are broken right now, and I can't get a good picture without the lights :(
Edit: Here is the girls' bed, in all it's messyness.
- Our neighbor built a fence out of semi-truck bumpers. It's definitely strange looking, but functions well as a fence, and is amusing to us while we're at the park behind his house. I am consistently amazed at the ingenuity though.
- We decorate for free with outdoor plants brought in, like this ginger, that after a month still looks gorgeous in our living room.