Ways To Take Abuela’s Clutter And Turn It Into Something You’ll Actually Use

We all remember it well: Walking into abuela’s house after church on Sunday, greeted by a frighteningly realistic statue of Jesús, the plastic covers on the couches, and the rosaries hanging on the staircase. Abuela’s house hits us with nostalgia, but could you ever guess that some of those traditional Latino relics are actually super useful in other ways?! Who knew!

Here are nine things you can find in abuela’s house that, with a little thought, will make you do a double take.

1. Plastic Couch Covers As A Trendy Raincoat

Tbt 80s ilsi #tbt#jerseycity #poloroid #80s #plastic #couch #covers #plasticcouchcovers #sticky#velcro

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Who could ever forget about those sticky couch covers that abuela just loved, despite any semblance of comfort or style?! If you yearn for that skin-nearly-peeling-off feeling when get off the couch (because abuela never saw the benefit of air conditioning… it’s healthy to sweat out our sins), never fear! These tiresome things can double as a pretty dope, trendy raincoat:

#transparentraincoat #clearraincoat #plasticraincoat #mannittoni #rainwear #clearcoat #clearcape #harajuku #streetstyle A photo posted by Mannittoni Rainwear (@mannittonirainwear) on

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Er mer gerd, so cute.

2. Catholic Candles As Picture Frames

. . . . #paris #catholiccandles #catholiccathedral

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Remember these bad boys, that always seemed to be watching you at every turn? They can totally double as a thrifty picture frame! Observe:

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PERFECT. Save that trip to IKEA. God would approve.

3. That Outdated Singing Bass As A Gift For Your Brother, Whose Birthday You Forgot

This just made my day…?? #IWillSurvive #SingingBass #BigMouthBillyBass #fish #california A video posted by Udeesha Kannangara (@udeewashere) on

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Abuela doesn’t realize that the singing bass is outdated and no one has them anymore – she keeps it on her wall proudly! Which is why it’s perfect for Alejandro’s birthday, which you forgot about…AGAIN. Get it together; he’s your little brother!

4. Toilet Paper Cover Doll As A Baby Shower Gift For The Girl You Didn’t Really Like In High School

  Remember this??? Neither did I until Rhianna walked the Grammy red carpet. #notaninsult #ilovebadgirlrhirhi #stillastunner #toiletpapercoverdoll   A photo posted by Natalie Reimer Anderson (@blondesovereign) on

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Not sure what to get that girl who made your life a living hell in high school for her baby shower? Feeling awkward that she invited you in the first place? Never fear! Abuela’s strange-yet-charming toilet paper cover dolls make the perfect gift to celebrate a pregnancy!

5. The Greca As A Vase

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Ahhh, the most sacred of all things in abuela’s house! While known for making a badass cup of cafecito, it can also double as a cute vase. Just make sure abuela doesn’t see how you’re defacing such holy property:

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6. The Cookie Tin Abuela Uses As A Sewing Kit… As A Sewing Kit

  Who else eats these #Cookies at #Christmas time? ? #RoyalDansk   A photo posted by JULIE CHEN (@juliechencbs) on

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Honestly, abuela’s got the right idea! Why throw out this tin of cookies the minute you’re done eating them? This baby can double as a sewing kit for days. Also included is bitter disappointment every time you expect a cookie.

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7. Vaporu For Pet Makeovers

There’s nothing #vivaporu can’t cure. Hoping to wake up feeling a lot better in the morning A photo posted by Michelle Tineo-Collazo (@iammichyc) on

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Vaporu can be found at many an abuelita’s home, and she’s probably doused you in it any type you had the slightest ache or chill. But did you know it’s also great for making things ~extra cute?~ It’s true! Or true-ish.  Use it to cute-ify your prize show dogs by giving their coats that menthol-scented sheen they so covet. Now there’s a winner:

Credit: Flickr / CC / FotoPhrog

8. The Domino Table As Changing Table For Your Niece or Nephew

  Surprise my grandfather for his bday with his own custom dominos table ???? #Valentinebday #DominoTable #CustomDominoTable #WhatHeAlwaysWanted #AllHis   A photo posted by ‼️‼️THE ORIGINAL DJ 3MEN2 ‼️‼️ (@dj3men2) on


Why go out and buy an entire changing table for a kid that’s not even yours?! Abuela and abuelo won’t even notice that you’ve snagged their domino table and use it to change nasty diapers on!

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There’s so many uses for abuela’s household items and so little time.

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What are some of your favorite things you remember from your Abuela’s house? Let us know in the comments!

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