Do you that planet Earth will likely expire by 2050? This is not some plot for the next apocalyptic Hollywood production. According to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), our high consumption levels will soon deplete this planet’s natural resources. Humans are not the only species at risk. The environmental organization noted that rich countries in Europe and North America are “mainly responsible for the exploitation and depletion of natural wealth.”
The World Conservation Monitoring Center (WCMC) reports that populations of mammals, birds, reptiles and fish have been drastically falling in recent years. “It seems things are getting worse faster than possibly ever before. Never has one single species had such an overwhelming influence. We are entering uncharted territory,” warns WCMC executive Martin Jenkins.
Whether you’re living in the US or in the Philippines, you’re obliged to take steps to help salvage Earth. Reduce your consumption footprint by owning less stuff. Start in your own condominium by recycling things instead of buying new items.
One of many household staples we unknowingly accumulate are clothes hangers. With a little bit of creativity, you can turn these wired or plastic items into clothes racks, wire hanger art frames and plant holders. Here are 10 examples of clothes hanger DIY projects you can do in your condo.
Clipped hangers for your reliable footwear
Who says hangers are exclusively for clothes? If you need ideas on repurposing clothes hangers, you need only look at your shoe rack. Your boots don’t need to take up space in the living room. Hang them under cabinets or shelves using hangers with clips. You may also use bendable wire hangers as holders for your flip flops.
Turn your wood hangers into hanging racks
Do you need to clear up space in your condo home? Don’t throw out those hangers just yet! Carefully cut off on side of a hanger, attach it to a piece of wood and mount it on a wall. Use this upcycled item as your coat and bag holder.
Clothes hangers as artwork holders
Condo living in the Philippines is fast-becoming a preferred lifestyle for millennials, baby boomers and retirees. For one, it’s convenient. Everything is within reach—establishments, roads and leisure centers. Make your condo a place where you’d want to spend most of your time in. Turn your home into a mini gallery by displaying your kids’ artworks using clothes hangers. Wire hangers can also be recycled as frames for sketches and paintings.
Hanging books and magazine racks
Exploring clever ways to upcycle clothes hangers will save you money and space as well as reduce your consumption footprint. Use hangers as holders for pamphlets, magazines and other reading materials. Wire hangers are flexible; with a little turns, you can transform them into book racks.
Cool towel holders for your bathroom
If you’re worrying about drilling holes on your bathroom wall for towel shelves, you can use clothes hangers instead. Upside-down hangers may be used as holders for big towels (using the hook) and for small cloths (using the actual hanger).
Organize your jewelry pieces with repurposed hangers
If you need ideas for easy DIY projects this summer, simply look around your home and look for items that can be repurposed. Upcycling in the condo doesn’t only benefit your mental health (it’s a cool way to decompress!), it’s also great for the environment. Add hooks to your idle hangers and hang your earrings, necklaces and other jewelry.
Remember where you placed your eyeglasses
Find a place to hang an extra clothes hanger and use it as a holder for your eyeglasses. You can use mini hooks for car keys and other small items you easily misplace.
Scarf holders for your small condo cabinet
Thank heavens for small spaces! Condo living means maximizing every square foot without further increasing your material consumption. World-renowned Japanese organizing consultant Marie Kondo advises: “Once you learn to choose your belongings properly, you will be left with only the amount that fits perfectly in the space you own.” Gather all the clothes hangers in your closet and choose those that you no longer use. Add rings and use these as scarf holders. Explore other ways of organizing your condo closet with your DMCI Community peers.
Clothes hangers and tissue rolls
“The question of what you want to own is actually the question of how you want to live your life,” Marie Kondo says. Instead of buying new cabinets, repurpose your clothes hangers. Wood hangers may be turned into wall-mounted coat racks. Wire hangers may be bent into various types of holders for books, magazines and plants. You can also use these laundry staples as hanging holders of kitchen napkins, foils, etc. Saves up money and space!
Bring nature indoors with hanger plant holders
Green infusion is one of the home living trends to watch out for, according to PSFK’s the Future of Home Living report. DMCI Homes is introducing energy-saving technologies that make use of natural light and air in its buildings. Bring nature into your home by adopting eco-friendly practices such as reducing plastic use and placing house plants in various rooms. Wire hangers are perfect plant holders that can be hanged in your terrace, living room and bathroom.
Innovation experts at PSFK has recently reported that more people will opt for easy repairs than buy replacements. The “fix first, buy later” trend is expected to rise due to the accessibility of on-demand parts and cheap labor. This is beneficial to the environment as it cuts down people’s consumption levels.
To maximize condo living in the Philippines, homeowners and tenants are encouraged to explore greater efficiencies in designing their condo unit, buying furniture and appliances, and upcycling things they already own. Be familiar with green technologies like energy-saving LED lights and solar-powered batteries. Think outside the box. The planet will appreciate your every effort.