what do i do with this old quilt?
what do i do with these monogrammed kid towels?
what do i do with these...?
i have clients who often ask me questions regarding the repurposing of odds & ends. most of these items have some historical reference or sentimental attachment. we, as humans, oft times have distorted attachment to inanimate objects.
here is a recent client query:
"i am cleaning out my linen closet in prep for a bathroom reno. what do i do with 'sentimental' linen items??? like a pillow i made or my grandmother made? a pillowcase i made for my hubby when we were in college & dating? baby blankets & hooded towels with the kids' names on them???? ugh!!! i can't donate or throw away & surely can't store them, right?"
the answers are simple, although most clients don't like them.
we are here in this life for a limited time and we cannot take any of this with us. you should decide to save a few items for future generations, if it's your kind of fun. take for instance my collection of fisher price "little people" toys, it is not only saving the plastic from landfills, it is old school fun for future generations.
my response to my client:
"hooded towels use as rags for either animals or cars. save baby blankets for grandchildren. depends about the pillows. either use them up with humans or animals until the fall apart. i still have my sleeping bag from when i was eight. i think homer thewondermutt will get it soon because it's falling apart. "
if it can be repurposed or recycled, do it. if it can be saved for the next generation to wear home from the hospital, with minimal stains, then terrific. if it is worth money, sell it and use the money for something fun. if it no longer brings you happiness - use it up or donate it.
happy the client headed my advice & here is her report back to me:
"thank you for the suggestions. baby blankets and hooded towels paired down and stacked neatly. two sets of sheets per bed neatly stacked together and fastened with one of the pillowcases. two towel sets per person, plus two sets of guest towels. still have enough polartec blankets to warm an army. old bedding sets to BST or Goodwill. everything else to goodwill - random sheets and pillowcases. got rid of the old dog towels with holes and rotated in the other bunch of 10+ year old - oldie but goodie college dorm towels."
people make this life a little harder than it needs to be, especially when it comes to clearing out sentimental items. remember, it is not a living, breathing organism. it cannot tell you it loves you. most importantly, you cannot take it with you.
peace, love & gratitude,