Look around the house for items to repurpose.
Starting a backyard compost pile or bin is a great way to repurpose food scraps and other household waste so that it doesn't end up in the garbage can.
For example, you might repurpose an old shirt to be used as a cleaning rag or you might paint an old dresser to reuse, by placing it in your guest bedroom.
Instead of purchasing expensive dividers to organize your kitchen cabinets, repurpose sturdy cardboard boxes to keep pot lids, serving dishes, and other items neatly corralled.
If you have an old piece of furniture that you've decided to repurpose, you may want to go with a country cottage look.