• Wed, Jun 4 2008

14 Things to Do with Old Phone Books

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Way back in the day before, before there were booster seats, my grandmother would give us telephone books to sit on so we could reach the table easier. Every family I knew had a telephone book on hand for just such an occasion. Now of course we have special seats for the littlest guys.

As you know, I’m annoyed at having to deal with so many phone books. Yesterday I told you how to opt out of receiving telephone books. Today I’d like to offer some uses for the phone books piling up in your home.

  1. Recycle – All phone books are recyclable. In fact, many are used to make new phone books. Just pack up with your regular pick up and let the pros handle it.
  2. Use to clean windows – Use vinegar and phone book pages for a streak free shine.
  3. Use as a booster seat – Just like grandma. When company is visiting and small bodies can’t reach the table, use a phone book or too to help them out.
  4. Use to press flowers and leaves - Preserve flowers and leaves for framing or art projects.
  5. Use as animal bedding – Shred pages and use for animal bedding for hamsters, gerbils, rabbits and more.
  6. Use to line litter pans – Don’t forget to recycle the cardboard covers.
  7. Use as packing material – Tear out pages and ball up or shred to pack around fragile items.
  8. Use the pages for mulch – This is the same principal as using newspapers for mulch. Tear out the pages and lay them all around the plants to keep out weeds and keep soil most. Cover with dirt or your regular mulch.
  9. Use as a step for step aerobics – Add a new challenge to your aerobics workout but stepping on and off the phone book.
  10. Keep one in the car – Can’t find your restaurant or lost going to a party? Use the phone book to keep you directed.
  11. Use for kids’ craft projects – Paper machier anyone?
  12. Use to kneel on when gardening – Prevent muddy knees by using your phone book as a kneeler.
  13. Use as a fire starter – Take camping or keep handy by your fire place for starting fires.
  14. Use as trivets - Protect tables and counters from hot dishes and pots.

Tell us…what do you do with your old phonebooks?

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  • http://thriftymommy.com Thrifty Karen

    I throw them in the recyclying bin. I don’t mind if they send me 1 phone book each year, but 3 different ones and 2 of each of them is totally ridiculous!!!!

  • TW

    Weights on the base of some furniture to keep cats from toppling stuff over when they climb.

  • Lin

    I use them in cabinets to make “steps” – so the cans in the back are taller than the cans in the front.

  • http://anythingbloggable.blogspot.com Rachel

    Oh, the using the pages to clean windows is a fabulous idea! I usually recycle, and found the number to call to stop receiving them this week. But I do green housecleaning jobs sometimes when I’m not a billion months pregnant, and this would be perfect! I hate using newspaper!

  • http://www.chicaandjo.com Chica and Jo

    Try our idea for recycling your unwanted phone book by turning it into a quirky pen organizer! Full photos and instructions here: http://www.chicaandjo.com/2009/02/24/recycle-phone-book-into-pen-organizer/

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  • http://www.prodentite.com Chris

    The Yellow Pages are dead- Hopefully they will stop wasting money making these dinosaurs.

  • amy

    make little christmas n trees. Just flod infto tria\ngles. See, im uising just as many errors as the artile to bend it in with the article. no grandma wrote this article. Some 11 yr old did