Did you know that you can be upcycling in your daily routine? The very smallest of gestures can make a big difference, and it could be that you’re able to upcycle in lots of small ways through your daily routine. Let’s take a look at some examples so you can see what we mean. 

Your Morning Routine

You’ll probably already know that the way you start your day has an impact on everything else – if you have a good start, you’ll feel positive, and you’ll generally see positive things around you. If you have a bad start, the opposite is true. That’s why it’s a good idea to include upcycling in your morning routine.

One thing that can help is to use an old wooden crate and turn it into a shelving unit for your coffee, tea, or anything else you want to have ready in the morning – if it’s all there waiting for you on a lovely upcycled unit, that’s got to be a good way to start. Another idea is to use glass jars to enjoy your breakfast in – you can use them for cereal, yogurt, or even overnight oats.

upcycling in your daily routine Source: Liz Marie Blog

Upcycling In Your Daily Routine with Clothing

Buying clothes can feel wasteful and expensive, and fast fashion isn’t something that’s very good for the planet and your sustainable lifestyle. Of course, upcycling can help with this. Instead of buying new, focus on what you already have. Make small changes to improve those items if need be. Repairs are much better than throwing something out because of a small hole or a tear. And even if something doesn’t fit anymore, you can use elements of that garment to create something new. 

You can also make it a rule only to buy your clothes from second-hand stores. It’s better for the environment and will save you money too. 

Upcycling Your Workspace 

No matter whether you work from home or you head out to the office; studies have shown that a comfortable (ideally personalized) workspace is a productive one. 

Upcycle your workspace by repurposing or refreshing a desk. Thrift photo frames so you can have photos that make you happy on your desk. Or, what about upcycling a plant pot so it matches your interior and gives you the chance to have some greenery in your office? 

You can even upcycle your work bag. Find an old one that needs some love and patch up the holes, or change the buckles and handles. If you ever need to leave it in luggage storage, it’s good to have a unique bag that you’ll always be able to find quickly! 

Upcycling In Your Daily Routine to Create a Relaxing Home

After work, it’s a good idea to actively relax.  Upcycling in your daily routine is relaxing and therapeutic – bringing a project to fruition is something that can reduce your stress and make you happy. 

Additionally, the things you upcycle can be used to make your home a more relaxing space. Use old wine bottles to make vases or candle holders. Or turn old sweaters into soft and comfy cushion covers for your couch. Take a look around and see how you can use upcycling to make your home a more relaxing one. 

eco-friendly dorm cushions


Of course, as tempting as that might be, you can’t just sit and relax all the time. If you want to be fit and healthy, you need to exercise. As strange as it might seem, upcycling can help with that as well. 

Old tires can be turned into an combat course. Or you could make a climbing wall out of items that would otherwise have been discarded. Just make sure that they’re safe to hold and step on. They need to be strong enough to support your weight and have smooth edges.

The point is that you can exercise without having to spend a lot of money or contribute to any landfill – you can use things you already have around you to keep your health levels good. 

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