After the family expansion initiatives have come to an end, we find ourselves with a nursery full of baby furniture and knick knacks that we no longer have use for. Now that the nursery must be changed into a kids’ room, the crib, changing table, crib bedding set and building blocks have got to go! If your items still remain in good condition, the first thing to do is give away, sell or donate your items.

Nursery items can be really expensive and it would be a shame to let them go to waste. Ask friends, family or any person they know and I am certain somebody will be able to take them off your hands. Craigslist and garage sales are excellent ways to sell your nursery items and make some extra money. Or if you would prefer to donate your goods, try using Goodwill, Freecycle, local churches and thrift shops. During this economy, expectant mothers and fathers need to save all they can. I know I did!

There are quite a few means to recycle used baby items, but what happens if your items are no longer in good condition and cannot be passed on? For plastic bottles, look if there is a number on the bottom next to the recycling symbol with triangular arrows. That will indicate how the plastic should be disposed of at the Recycling Facility. For other nursery objects, rather than dumping them in a landfill that will sit there for hundreds of years, get creative and turn your nursery things into something you can use in your home.

Cribs are a goldmine to reuse around the household. Apply some paint and the head/footboard can be used as a headboard for a twin-sized bed or as a backboard for a bike rack. I even saw a headboard that was turned into a tiny door and was used as a decorative piece in the front yard! You can turn the side panel into an organizer and arrange it vertically on the wall. Then apply hooks so you can hang objects on it. The side panel can additionally be utilized as a drying rack to hang laundry on. If you do have a green thumb, try using it in the garden as a trellis or ornamental fencing.

You can make great use of your crib bedding set by reusing the fabric. Turn your mattress sheet into a pillow, blanket, handkerchief or laundry sac. The dust ruffle can be used as a window valance or made into doll clothes. You can use the bumper pad to line the interior of a gift basket or as a coaster for hot pans. A diaper holder can be used to hold other things if you sew up most of the opening. I use mine to hold delicates for laundry. There are several things you can do using your crib set. Just picture the baby bedding as a blank canvas.

Other nursery items like a mobile can be used as a new play toy for your cat. I’ve seen someone online take their favorite stuffed animal and fill it with marbles to be used as a book stopper. Your bassinet can be used as a toy basket. And the changing table can be used as a dresser in the closet, bathroom or laundry room. A rocking chair can be used for company or placed outdoors as a welcoming piece, by the front door. The diaper genie can be used outside for pet waste. And baby wipe containers can be used as storage for pictures, sewing items, coupons, etc.

I can go on and on, but you get the idea of discovering creative ways to reuse your nursery items. You never know what you can come up with if you choose to give your nursery items a second life rather than throw them in the dump. You will really get the most from your dollar and even get a bit of praise from friends who appreciate your imagination.

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