July 2021 Use It Up Challenge – Hardware

Gather your screws, nails, bolts, and nuts! It’s time for the July 2021 Use It Up Challenge. This month we are focusing on hardware. Many people will have some screws and nails around their house. Whether they were bought for a specific project or just in case, now is the perfect time to put them to good use. With the arrival of the summertime weather, it’s time to tackle those indoor and outdoor projects you may have been putting off. Whether it’s home improvement, a fun backyard project, or a hobby-related build, this is the time to use the hardware you have and get these tasks done.

The previous categories this year covered were kitchen items, pet supplies, technology, seeds, movies, and outdoor decor.

July 2021 Use It Up Challenge – Hardware

What is the Use It Up Challenge?

This is a monthly decluttering challenge that focuses on using the items instead of simply getting rid of them. This helps to reduce waste and also gets your money worth out of those items. Each month, a new category is chosen and we will focus on that category all month long. However, you don’t have to stop once that month ends. Keep decluttering and using up those items all year long. It will have a huge impact on your home and life at the end of the year.

If you are joining in, be sure to share your progress on social media using #IHUseItUp. I’d love to see how everyone is getting along with the challenge.

Where to start

Like with every month’s use it up challenge, the best place to start is by gathering all of your hardware. Search your shed, garage, basement, or anywhere else you might store hardware. Once you are certain you have gathered it all, sort it into categories. Screws, nails, hinges, etc. so you can see exactly what you have to work with.

From there, do a quick check to ensure none of it is rusted or broken. If you encounter ones that are, set them off to the side so they can be properly disposed of.

If you know certain items are meant for particular projects, then go ahead and sort those out now. This will make tackling that project less stressful because everything you need will already be found.

How to use it up

Two of the best ways to use up your hardware is to build or fix something. Those items that were bought for a specific project should be used up first. After all, you have the items needed and there is no time like the present to get that project done. Be sure to properly organize and store any extra parts. That way, if in the future you need to make an adjustment or fix to that particular item, you know exactly where the parts are.

Perhaps you have a fix-it-up project you have been meaning to do but simply haven’t found the time to. Stop delaying, grab what is needed and get that item fixed. Not only will it use the hardware you have been holding onto but you will feel so much better having finally fixed the broken item.

Once all the necessary projects are out of the way, it’s time to have some fun. Search around for different builds that can use those specific items that will also make your life better. Set aside an afternoon or a week and get building

Remember, it’s okay if you need to buy a few screws or nails for a project, as you may not have enough on hand. However, try your best to use what you have before running to the store to buy more.

Projects to make this summer

Summer is a great time to get some outdoor build projects done. If you are looking for ways to use your hardware while building something that will benefit your backyard garden, consider building a potting bench or a veggie wash station. Both of these projects can be tackled by beginners and experts alike and will help to use up those screws you have laying around.

What I’ll be using up

Though I do not have a specific plan to use some of our hardware, I am going to do my best to work through some of it. I do have a couple of small building projects I hope to tackle over the next month or two that will help use up some of the nails, screws, and hinges we have.

One project I will be tackling this month is better organizing our hardware. We have several containers of screws and nails that live in the toolbox. Along with that, we have one of those hardware organizers, however, it is a chaotic mess right now. In fact, some of the nails and screws in the drawers are rusty or bent, which isn’t helpful. So I will be sorting through everything and removing those. This will make future projects easier as I won’t be wasting time trying to find the right screw for the job.

Will you be joining the July 2021 Use It Up Challenge? In what ways will you be using up your hardware?

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