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Donate? Repurpose? I do both.


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Thursday, July 04, 2013

Surely the advice to dump the old skinny-clothes - or the old now-too-big ones! - has much merit. Many people need to do this to break free of thought-processing that hinders progress.

However!
(Oh, come ON: you KNEW that was coming! lol)....

Saving clothes does have merit.

I do save an assortment of semi-old and truly-unwearable clothing.

But not because "someday I'll be thin enough again" or even "ut oh, I'm down in weight NOW, but.... better save it just in case". My reasons are not related to weight.

The best ones to save, in my opinion, are the over-the-hill worn-out ones that you don't want to wear but can repurpose. Good ones that are wearable but not in some current plan are great donations.

First of all, let's get past the concept of "fit", since I usually buy clothes that are already too big to call a good fit. I not only want but also need lightweight, baggy, easy to slip-on-the-bod clothes -- especially when my fms is in flare. Such being the case, an item has to be REALLY baggy for me to call it too big! Clothes which actually fit are almost always uncomfortable; when I've had to dress in them I'm always eager to get home to my muumuu's! (Oh, I was in absolute clothing heaven the year I spent on Oahu! I could dress in complete comfort!)
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But other reasons for saving the old clothes are more long-standing than the above. Hey, I was a size 3-5 (top-bottom; what can I say?) junior petite til after my second child was born (I was 26) when I filled out to a 7-9. Disability is where the real weight entered the scene. The main purpose of the historical account is to show:

I could have one dilly of a range of clothing sizes if I'd saved 'em all! And, yes, indeed, my clothes from vintage size ranges would fit into what I'd wear today because styles to cycle back into fashion. However, I would want and deserve NEW clothes to wear with each shrinking of the bod, so I'm not saving clothes to wear again 'someday'. Well. Let's clarify one thing: if now again a tiny lass-size, I "could" in terms of my comfort-level with style wear those clothes again now ...assuming you could handle seeing a 63-year-old woman in a size 3jr pet mini-skirt?!

Rest assured, the mini-skirt collections are long gone; they were given away! As were the granny skirts, even the neat tapestry one...

If a clothing item is not really 'great' in condition it becomes GREAT for this and other purposes! Whether those not-fitting items of more recent vintage are too large or too small, many of them remain tucked away here or there, assigned to a location according to the reason saved! Most of my old clothes are no longer recognizeable in its original form; most handily await use in the former-clothing rag pile that comes in quite handy. How many time HAVE these rag collections come in handy? Lost track! Mother of two now-grown sons I long ago discovered that grease-monkeys always need rags. Worn-out, formerly-fitting clothes perform well in household, driveway, and garage clean-ups! Old clothes nestle nicely in the rag bin right alonside the old frayed sheets that grew so soft that... rrrrrripppp... they just no longer belonged on the bed. All those assorted sizes and texture await repurposing opportunities. Opportuites...like:
*Packing clean dishes/glasswear, so that when moving (or putting items back on shelves after a messy do-it-yourself project) they're ready to put into cabinets.
*using in sewing projects or crafts (I sewed patchwork clown costumes for my sons AND a few of their friends from fabrics in my rag-bin.)
*taking in seams to continue wearing.

So while the general advice www.sparkpeople.com/reso
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to toss the non-fitting clothes has merit, DO consider saving for repurposing those items that you just might need in some other form. I've mentioned just a few reasons to hang onto the clohes that no longer fit.

Here note an exception: if you find yourself using ANY of the above reporpose ideas as an excuse to save without intention to reporpose?: then ... ditch the clothes and move forward. Remember to donate the cleaned useable items to a worthy charity!
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Do you ditch them or repurpose them? or... save 'em "just in case..."?
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GRAMPIAN 8/19/2013 6:29AM

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EFFRAYECHILDE 8/5/2013 8:36AM

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NASFKAB 8/1/2013 5:30AM

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LOVEROFJC 7/16/2013 3:15PM

  I do all three, but this blog was a great reminder to go thru things once again. Thanks!

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SHERYLP461 7/10/2013 6:24AM

    Always

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LISA_FRAME 7/8/2013 6:42AM

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SERASARA 7/7/2013 6:56PM

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LOUTOKALAU 7/7/2013 3:48PM

  I have a few of all sizes. Big ones for those uncomfortable days or I put them on to see how far I have come. The rest of them were donated. I also have some clothes that are my goal clothes. Sizes smaller than I can fit into now, but are just so cute they motivate me to get walking when i see them!

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AMARILYNH 7/7/2013 12:39PM

    I used to have 4 sizes of clothing in my closet - NO MORE! Now only clothes that fit deserve to be in the precious space. I can't AFFORD to gain weight!! emoticon

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ROXYCARIN 7/7/2013 12:56AM

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PENOWOK 7/6/2013 3:53PM

    I donate and re-purpose. Styles change so much and so quickly-it kills me that people are walking around in long skirts again-has political meaning, they say!

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JACKIE542 7/6/2013 11:34AM

    I donate, save and repurpose. emoticon

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FIRECOM 7/6/2013 10:07AM

    Disabled Veterans get my donatable clothes and a lot more other "stuff".

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SHANNONY84 7/6/2013 3:52AM

    I have trouble letting go of my clothes that don't fit! Thank you for the great article!

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SJKENT1 7/5/2013 10:59PM

    I kept old clothes for years and years. We have been going through a time of pitching, giving away and packing as we ready our home for sale. We moved into a much smaller space and just don't have the room. I am getting so much better of getting rid of stuff.

I'm a crafter and it is very difficult to get rid of anything that possibly has potential to be used as is or repurposed. But I am, like I said, getting much better about pitching or taking to Goodwill.



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ILIKETOZUMBA 7/5/2013 10:47PM

    Good stuff!! I donated most of my old too-big clothes, but kept a few because the fabrics were pretty and could be repurposed, or because they were skirts that I thought could be fairly easily altered, or because I thought they would make good maternity clothes when I finally managed to get pregnant (which I have, and which they do, so it's a good thing I kept some of those things!). But mostly, I gave them to Goodwill. There's a photo of me with just BAGS of clothes outside the donation center, all many sizes too big! Hopefully someone else can make good use of them. :)

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MEADSBAY 7/5/2013 10:36PM

    Great blog-
may I just add, though, that the recycling column in my local newspaper said to also recycle clean but stained or worn clothing as the collectors have uses for all of that fabric.
I had always used them for cleaning rags or painting shirts for the kids and such.
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ONLYTEMPORARY 7/5/2013 9:50PM

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CHARTHESTAR 7/5/2013 8:38PM

    Great Job! I donate what can be used by others.
If it is to stained or out of shape- rags it becomes for me too!

I prefer reusing items if at all possible. I often have several boxes of Free at a sale.

also at work- we have a shelf in our locker room that people leave good things they no no longer want too. Especially good for work items that no one else could want.

I am a big RE-nut recycle, reuse, rethink, repurpose
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MEXGAL1 7/5/2013 6:11PM

    I do a lot of donating to our Mexican help...the maid, gardener and pool guy. they are so very appreciative.

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SHOAPIE 7/5/2013 5:41PM

    All of the above

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JOANNHUNT 7/5/2013 4:47PM

    I DO ALL 3. MY GRANDDAUGHTER WORE ONE OF MY MINI DRESSES I WORE IN 1973 AS PART OF A HALLOWEEN COSTUME A FEW YEARS AGO AS A HIPPI.



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HWNHMMBRD 7/5/2013 3:25PM

    I donate anything that is still in good condition, but I definitely re-purpose as much as I can. I am currently working on a knitted re-usable grocery shopping bag. The "yarn" is made from strips I cut from a knit fabric sheet set that was no longer usable. Cotton and cotton blend woven items become strips for crocheted rag rugs or patches for "crazy" quilts. My biggest treasure is a quilt made from wool scraps that my Grandmother and Great-Grandmother re-purposed out of my mother and aunts old skirts.

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JUSGETTENBY42 7/5/2013 3:23PM

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DIANNEMT 7/5/2013 2:58PM

    If the olde clothes were big enough, sew something for you in the smaller size! LOL

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MOMMY445 7/5/2013 2:30PM

    i agree. donating is one way to clean out a closet.

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HANSBRINK 7/5/2013 2:03PM

  I'll need to donate. I've got so much stuff that repurposing takes too much effort to think of alternate uses for the items.

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RENATA144 7/5/2013 1:27PM

  emoticon for further motivation - you can get a tax deduction if you ask for a receipt .

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PATRICIAANN46 7/5/2013 1:26PM

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MRSRIGS1 7/5/2013 12:38PM

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MIMIDOT 7/5/2013 12:13PM

    Great blog!

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CICELY360 7/5/2013 12:05PM

  I am repurposing now.

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JSEATTLE 7/5/2013 11:57AM

  Yes I'm with you, I do try to find the best re-purpose for all items, clothing included. Great when you can use them for craft and sewing projects. Also have a friend who likes some for quilting. Some things just need to be thrown out but you always feel good about using it one more time.

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NEWTINK 7/5/2013 11:47AM

    I have a box and when they dont fit they go in there and then to the good will .... and a new box comes out lol x emoticon

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NEPTUNE1939 7/5/2013 11:25AM

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CLIMBERS_ROCK 7/5/2013 11:06AM

    I repurpose also, not just clothes, but all kinds of things. When they no longer meet their original purpose or just because they are useful. For example, I use egg cartons to organize my jewellery drawer. The are perfect for earrings and those small pieces of jewellery the are always getting tangled or lost.

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SUSIEMT 7/5/2013 11:00AM

    When I first started losing weight I can't tell you how many times I took clothes in at the seams. Then when I finally decided I could use a new pair of whatever I had to relabel the size on the tag for the donation bin. I'm glad those days are over. I just want to stay in the same size I am now (12) and never feel like I have to buy another clothing item again! You are an industrious person WAY TO GO!

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POINDEXTRA 7/5/2013 10:25AM

    Terrific idea - check out newdressaday.com for a young lady's blog - she went from unemployed to having a book published out of this idea!

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IAMAGEMLOVER 7/5/2013 10:19AM

    I have 6 bags full of clothing sitting on the porch waiting to go to Goodwill or Salvation Army. I finally cleaned out the closets and went through all the winter clothes.

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MISSBOOBOOKITTY 7/5/2013 10:15AM

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IDICEM 7/5/2013 8:54AM

  I usually donate, but I do repurpose occasionally.

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EMILY0724 7/5/2013 8:50AM

    I usually donate. Sometimes sell on Ebay. However, this summer I have been short on cash. I have delved into my old clothes, mixed and matched with newer things and created some awesome outfits! New life has been breathed into them--and me! It's challenging and fun---and costs nothing!

I am a huge believer in simplifying life and that includes getting rid of unused household items and clothes. I reuse and repurpose everything I can! Long live Mother Earth!
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PATTYSPENCER 7/5/2013 8:16AM

    I go through my clothes every few months and donate whether or not they still fit me. I always try to pass it forward whenever I can.

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SUNSHINEGB 7/5/2013 7:52AM

    Donate
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JIBBIE49 7/5/2013 7:52AM

    Great to see you blog featured in the Spark Mail. What an honor. Spark Guy says the mail is read by one and one half MILLION readers each day. emoticon

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CHERYLHURT 7/5/2013 7:42AM

  If I haven't worn something in a year I give it to charity...

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GARDENCHRIS 7/5/2013 6:47AM

    If after a year it has not been worn ..... donate just taking up space in my closet.

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TRYINGHARD54 7/5/2013 6:30AM

    If I haven't used things in a year I donate.

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