Today I’ll be talking about the fine art of re-purposing items, and the potential of an ambitious, creative mind. I will also talk about having vs hording and the litmus test to tell where you stand. Cleanup days are coming all too often as I find myself saving everything.

It’s one thing to have useful stuff on hand to complete a task, but it’s quite another to surround yourself with a wall of “never-gunna-use” junk. How do you tell the difference? I dunno exactly. I do know every time I am able to successfully re-purpose something, my ability, or at least my need, to keep and think of new uses for things becomes more and more an obsession. I’ve decided I am not really to blame as it is a positive by-product of trying to be more self-sufficient. That is my story and I’m sticking to it.

Join me as I talk about some of the positives of hanging on to all those once used treasures such as minimizing costs and the “cool factor”. I discuss some of the things we are doing here and toss in a few ideas on how to get kids involved using the artistic, creative side of things. I also have to be fair and cover the potential negatives of having such a useful stash of goodies such as potential risks from creating a safe haven for pests, predators and creepy things, fire hazards, nosy neighbors and the possibility of becoming the center of an intervention or star of the TV show Hoarders.

I end the show discussing several cool re-purposing ideas I have gleaned from various sources, or just made up myself. I go from pallet wood  garden signs to  trampoline chicken tractors and  filing cabinet tool stands. Come join me, and let’s get those creative, redneck juices flowing…everybody has at least a few ounces in ’em.


  1. gasmasher says:

    Howdy Joe,
    This show really hits home as I look around at the “stuff” I have sitting here. Thankfully I don’t have 1000 gum wrappers. What I do have a problem with is extra electronics laying around. I’m a professional programmer and one hobby is designing and building embedded controllers and CNC machines.

    It is easy to accumulate a lot of parts, older computers, and manufacturing equipment that could be useful. I always have an idea of how I could use it, but I don’t actually do much with any of it. I think it is time to start breaking it down, getting rid of the parts that aren’t useful and reusing the parts that are such as the motors, pneumatics, cabinets and racks/rails.

    The part about your kids collecting things for recycling was fun to hear.