I’m guilty of hoarding. I’d rather call it collecting, but if I’m being real with myself, it’s hoarding. There are piles of things in boxes that I don’t look at more than a few times a year and it’s silly. I’m trying my best to let go of those tendencies (realistically, of course, I can’t lose all of what makes me me. I collected/hoarded bookmarks and pencils when I was a kid–it’s part of me…and that’s a tangent) and that means figuring out what to do with running gear that I can’t bring myself to part with. In my “what the hell am I doing with all of these t-shirts” research, I’ve found some cool ideas for old race shirts. Hopefully I’ll put one of these ideas to good use.
- Make a quilt. I’m crafty, yes, but I can’t bring myself to cut up my old t-shirts. It feels so destructive. If I do find it in me, though, quilting might be a good option. Though, I’m not sure how cozy a quilt made out of t-shirts would be…
- Make a bowl? I don’t know. This just looks cool. And might turn into another thing that just hangs around my house that I need to find a use for. If I could make a huge one out of ALL of my shirts and turn it into a yarn or blanket basket…OK now we’re talking.
- Make a tote bag (or 50). I’m all about the reusable bag movement. Maybe my friends will get some homemade reusable bags for Christmas this year?
- Use them for cleaning. There’s nothing like an old t-shirt for polishing furniture or wiping up messes in a pinch. But then again, I haven’t even worn these shirts enough to get that good super soft texture that is so good for picking up dust.
- Donate them. This is my most realistic option. And rather than blindly donate them, I’ll probably find a more targeted community to donate to like a women’s shelter or animal shelter that needs old t-shirts for cozy beds or cleaning.
What do you do with old t-shirts? Do they have a life expectancy before you throw them out or donate them, or are yours just hanging out in a box waiting for purpose like mine?