How do you make use of clothes that you have outgrown?

Philippines
December 12, 2009 7:39am CST
Over the years, piles and piles of clothes are gathered in the closet. Some are not worn because they are already ill-fitting and outgrown. How do you make use of these clothes? Do you keep them for your own future use if these are remodeled or do you give them away? Why?
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8 responses
• Philippines
23 Dec 09
Hi moneymakingtoday, thats my problem actually at present. In the past, every Christmas season i usually send old clothes and other things we dont need in the house anymore to the province for give-aways to very poor people. They are very thankful and they are so proud to wear those in going to church. Seeing them use these old clothes makes me happy and motivated to continue giving. This year, i feel so sad that i really dont have time to sort old clothes and send to our province since i am so busy with office work and on weekends with the house work, unlike before when i still have a househelp. Our cabinet cannot accomodate our clothes anymore though we are not fond of buying, but i cant find any place else in the house to put our clothes. Anyway, i will try my best to give time to these after the new year's eve before going back to work. I can still give it away even after the Christmas season.
• Philippines
23 Dec 09
Hi, Triplejazzm. It is surely a good time for gift-giving during the Christmas season. But, I know we can always give them in any day of the year. Our Christmas season is a long period so, it is still during that time when you are planning to sort your clothes and give away on New Year's Day. I even disposed of some of the old clothes two months ago, would have been a right timing had I done it this Christmas. The kind gesture of giving and sharing is there no matter what time of the year. Merry Christmas to you and your family! God bless you!
• Philippines
23 Dec 09
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A BLESSED NEW YEAR TOO!!!
• Philippines
23 Dec 09
Thanks!
@shadow41 (2356)
• Philippines
12 Dec 09
Well, my younger brothers are making a good use of them. I have two younger brothers and my age gaps with them are 4 and 5 years respectively. So they end up using my old clothes. But of course they also get to have new ones. Some of my old clothes are given to the less fortunate people in our village especially on Christmas. shadow41
• Philippines
13 Dec 09
Hi, shadow. Yes, it is always the younger brothers and sisters who get the most "hand-me-downs", lol. When I was younger, I always had new ones because I was the oldest girl in the family. But, it wouldn't mean that they got all "hand-me-downs" all the time. They got new ones for themselves, too. Yes, it is especially Christmas time that we share to our less fortunate brothers and sisters. We always have something to drop in the "Bundle of Joy" box either in the office or in church. We are happy to be able to give generously during the two disastrous typhoons in our country. Thanks, shadow and God bless!
@shadow41 (2356)
• Philippines
13 Dec 09
The feeling is great when we were able to help others. For me it's better to give than to receive although sometimes it's nice to receive too. Hehe. Thank you too moneymakingtoday. God bless you too and may you always make money today and tomorrow. shadow41
• Philippines
13 Dec 09
... and always! hahahaha.
@lelin1123 (15647)
• Puerto Rico
19 Dec 09
I try to go thru my closet every 6 months and get rid of stuff I'm not going to wear again. I usually give them to the poor. Organizations come around to pick up every month or so. I can't see throwing anything away. If a family member wants something I will offer it to them first. If no takers then it goes to the poor. This process keeps your closet clean and neat.
• Philippines
19 Dec 09
Hi, lelin. That is a nice way to keep closet clean and organized. Doing it regularly surely helps. Yes, we give first priority to people inside the house. If not, they go to charitable organizations. Christmas is a good time to share these clothes. I also drop some to the "bundles of joy" boxes in the church. Thanks!
@carmelbg (521)
14 Dec 09
It depends on the clothes really. If its something I really like and I have gained a little weight and I no longer fit into it, I will keep it in the hope I can fit into it again one day. I have just recently lost all the weight I gained from quitting smoking and can wear a lot of my old favourite clothes. If I no longer like the item or how I look in it and its in decent condition then I will give it to a charity shop. If it has worn out then I will use it as rags.
• Philippines
14 Dec 09
Wow, that is good news. Now, you can wear your favorite clothes that you have kept for a while. It is what I do also. My old outgrown clothes that are my favorites stay in the closet in the hope that I will need them in the future and wear them again when I lose weight. I did it at times but lately, I am really finding it hard to lose weight this time. I had been absent from the badminton court last week and this week seems to go like the last, too. My pictures taken from the Christmas party today really speak for themselves, lol. I don't like the rounder, fuller face that I saw there. I need to play badminton again, lol.
@meapas (2435)
• India
13 Dec 09
There are so many needy people and I give away all such items. Be it clothes,furnitures,old TV set or any such things. I never sell any of my used items. I preserve them for the real needy and when I come across such people I give them what they need. I love to share my blessings with others.
• Philippines
13 Dec 09
Hi, Meapas. I have never sold any of my old things, too. I always find it gratifying for myself to see recipients who are just too happy to have them. It is always a nice feeling to think that these clothes which were left sitting in the closet have been made useful by other people. If my children don't see the need to use my old clothes themselves, I send them to the province for my relatives to use.
@bellis716 (4808)
• United States
12 Dec 09
If the clothing that I cannot use is made of woven cotton, I will rip it apart to be used in a quilt. Everything else would be given to charity. Reason, I don't want anything around that I can't or won't wear. I do not have room. I only attempt the simplest alterations, such as shortening a pair of pants. If it is too small, out it goes. I know that I'm not likely to lose weight.
• Philippines
13 Dec 09
Hi, bellis. Oh yes, they can be made into quilt. That would be very beautiful. For the worn-out clothes of cotton material, we make them into rugs to wipe table tops or furniture or kitchen sink. My old clothes either go to my daughter (if she still likes the style and fits her) or to my relatives in the province. We had given away boxes for the typhoon victims and some few pieces to the janitress in the office and some office mates. Thanks for sharing, bellis!
• United States
12 Dec 09
I go through my clothes, as well as the kids and husbands, twice a year. Anything we no longer fit into, or think we'll wear anymore, is cleared out. In my area, I have a church and a youth center for low income families, and I donate many of the items to them. The kids especially are grateful, and it really makes me feel good when I hear about how excited they get when they get to choose 'new' clothes. I started this years ago, because I just don't have the room to save clothes that aren't being used. If you haven't worn something in years, then you won't miss it when it's not there. Let someone else enjoy it, give it away or sell it if you can.
• Philippines
13 Dec 09
hi, deannad. Yes, I know the feeling to see people get excited and happy with the "new" clothes. I am always glad to hear that they like the clothes that they get. We also gave away our old clothes to relatives in the province. Others went to my office mates and their house helpers at home. I still have a few boxes for the people tending our small agricultural lot in my late husband's place which I didn't find time to deliver because of distance (this month is very timely... it is the season of gift-giving, will include them in their gifts). There are still a few pieces of shirts and pants of my late husband in the closet. We are keeping them for sentimental reasons. Thanks for sharing and have a nice day.
@coolcat123 (4390)
• India
12 Dec 09
when I open my bundle of old or not wearing clothes, I think of changing the style of it by checking the ill fits and problem parts and then I go to the tailor,explain my problem and then the whole responsibility goes to him for making the dress perfect for me to wear.
• Philippines
13 Dec 09
Hi, coolcat. Doing what you do surely saves us from buying new clothes. I had done that at times, too. If it is only to loosen the fit or to alter the length of the hem, I do it myself. But for major alterations, I go to my seamstress to make the old clothes trendy. It works for me. I have a seamstress who lives just a block away from me. But there are really clothes that are either have sentimental value to me or costly (in my terms) that I still keep. There were times when I clean the closet that I thought that I can still wear them and that I can still lose weight to fit in, hahaha. Keeping some old clothes had "saved" us on a lot of occasions. In one occasion, we found something for my daughter to wear to a school activity, with little alterations and improvement, it came perfect. Most of the tight and old clothes though go to my relatives in the province. Two months ago, I gave a few pieces to the janitress in the office and some office mates. I am happy to see them wear the clothes. It means they like it.