Maven Moment: Unused Suitcases

Maven Moment: Unused Suitcases

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Mom and I seldom traveled, so after we needed to go to her household in Italy, we had no baggage. But we actually didn’t need to buy new suitcases. As luck would have it, a pal helped us out.

An avid traveler in her youth, my mother’s pal Louise had stunning baggage that she wasn’t utilizing. Borrowing her baggage was ultimate, permitting us to keep away from shopping for new suitcases that we might have not often used. Another choice may need been used baggage from a thrift retailer.

When we’re not touring, baggage simply takes up house. But does it need to? One easy concept is to retailer out-of-season clothes or vacation decorations in unused suitcases. I exploit my brother’s previous suitcase as a can pantry and storage for objects I purchase in bulk. It is sensible as a result of I can’t retailer every little thing in my small kitchenette. A suitcase that slides underneath the mattress takes up no further house in any respect!

Are you storing suitcases you don’t use anymore? Rather than leaving them to collect mud, donate them. Thrift outlets and veterans’ organizations normally settle for them in the event that they’re nonetheless sturdy. I additionally like the thought of giving them to native foster care organizations or a homeless shelter.

Suitcases which are now not in form for touring can nonetheless be helpful. If you stack classic suitcases, they will function an attention-grabbing night table or finish desk. With some DIY abilities, you may flip them into ingenious furnishings. Pinterest has numerous inspiring concepts for crafting furnishings like tables and cabinets from previous suitcases.

Even an previous, beat-up suitcase with rollers can be utilized within the backyard for lugging heavy baggage of soil or gardening instruments. With damaged wheels, it may nonetheless function storage in a basement or underneath the mattress.

Even although we are able to’t recycle suitcases, we are able to lengthen their usefulness. By getting artistic, we are able to discover methods to reuse, repurpose, and upcycle so lots of our possessions as a substitute of simply throwing them away.