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Thursday, August 12, 2010

What To Do With Old Clothes

There's no better time to clean up your wardrobe then after having a baby. That said, any time is good for cleaning out your closet. It's a little rule of mine that nothing lingers in my closet that makes me feel bad. And there are plenty of things you can do with these old clothes before they end up in the garbage.

There are about a million ways to repurpose clothes. You can easily make children's dresses out of tops by just sewing the sides smaller. You can make pillow cases or bags for your shoes out of old T-shirts. Track pants that don't look flattering anymore can become make-up remover pads... Sweaters become stuffed animals... Let your imagination run wild, or if you lack inspirations, google it and you are sure to find many a great project with your old rags.

Give away
There are always people around who are very happy to receive clothes. If you don't know anyone personally, there are charities who sort these clothes and send them to people in need.

You are not the only one with an illmatched wardrobe. Seek out friends or family who have the same problem and swap clothes. You can even make a little party out of it, invite friends with their boxes of hand-me-downs and then have an improvised fashion show.

Find a good second hand store and make them your friend. You can even make a little money off it, which can add to your new wardrobe. If you don't have a secondhand store nearby, there are some of them online, too.

work it
If your clothes look really tired/unfashionable, but they still fit, keep them for the dirty jobs. Maybe you want to paint the house, work in the garden... better use your preloved clothes then your new ones, right.

If your old clothes are really really dirty/smelly/torn, they are still not ready for the trashcan. Cut them up and use them as rags for cleaning etc.

What do you do with your old clothes? If you feel I've left anything out, feel free to add it in the comments!

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  1. I typically make cloth diapers or reusable shopping bags from old t-shirts. Or I'll use a bag of clothes as an enticement to get the freecyclers out to take my real trash. You know, "Kroger bag of medium men's clothes, rusty paint cans and a wooden table and chairs set that's been rotting on the porch for the last 10 months. Must take all!"

  2. I like to make regular thrift shop runs with my clothes, and I sell my son's at our local children's consignment shop. If I use my credit to buy things at the shop, I get a 10% discount, and so far I haven't run out of credit! All those baby things we used for a month or two had to go somewhere!

    I'm currently trying to make hankies and cloth napkins and rags out of old sheets, but it's slow going. I'm tempted to just donate/toss to cut down on the clutter and buy new. Sigh. New rags. It's silly, I know, but it's so much bother to hem everything! I do that with clothes I don't like, too — meaning to repurpose them, and they sit in a box for seven years before I finally realize: Out they go. I guess I'm more a donating/selling kind of gal.

    Oh, if you have nice clothes, selling online is a good way to go, too. I've sold a lot on eBay and gotten rid of stuff on craigslist and freecycle, which are options here in the US.

  3. i take my old jeans cut of the legs sew the bottom of the legs for yoga matt bags and sew the bottom of the but area tie a belt at the belt loop and use bag as something to carry jump ropes and frisbees in at the park?
    ella :0 )

  4. This is something new mothers sometimes neglect.


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