What Am I Going to Do With All of These T-Shirts?!

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.

  1. 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…
  2. 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.
  3. 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?
  4. 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.
  5. 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?

-K

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