Is it that they all desperately need ironing? Yes they do….but that isn’t the answer (I try not to iron, see how I do the laundry here)
Perhaps this will help…
Oh yes, they’ve all gone into holes.
Am I embarrassed?
No. Not even with a hole this size.
I can’t blame the manufacturers for shoddy workmanship. Basically I’ve worn my clothes out, like I used to as a child.
The reason I wear them out is I have so few they are washed and worn. Then washed and worn again. They don’t have time to go out of fashion, it’s very efficient.
The only problem I currently have is deciding what to do with the holey items.
As a recovering hoarder decision-making of this type can be difficult.
“People who hoard seem to have a different perspective on their possessions compared to most people. Perhaps it is a more finely tuned sense of creativity or an ability to see the potential in objects that most people can’t see. Or perhaps they feel a strong sense of responsibility for not being wasteful” taken from Buried In Treasures – Help for Compulsive Acquiring, Saving, and Hoarding.
As an item of perfect clothing I have no attachment to it. But once damaged goods something genetic kicks questioning whether I can salvage it and make something of value from a redundant item. This serves me well when it comes to food and not wasting food, but with clothing (where my skills do not lie) it could present a potential hoarding problem. Particularly as I’m planning on buying a mini sewing machine for First-born and I.
So what’s the plan? (because now there always is a plan otherwise it ends up as a pile of clutter):
1. The two pairs of PJ bottoms will be kept as they are cotton and will make great practise material. That’s not hoarding. It makes frugal sense.
2. The 2 jersey tops will be bagged up and donated to charity. When donating unsaleable clothing to charity shops I bag it up only with other ‘rags’ and clearly label it as that. Rag merchants pay by the ton for donated ‘rags’, but if the shop staff (the majority of which are volunteers) have to sort through items to check whether they are suitable to sell then it’s counterproductive. Time is money in the retail world.
3. The pair of jeans is a toughie. I loved these jeans. They fit the best any pair ever has but the style is no longer available. In fact they were the third replacement (the previous 2 went into holes also) of a pair I loved, and I found them many miles south in Windsor last May. How happy was I that day? I’ve decided to try to patch them. If it doesn’t work I’ll rag them no question.
4. Finally the pants (I apologise for photographing my underwear…really there’s no need is there? but it’s a bare all post). I’m going to rag them also. I’d challenge even the most creative mind to think of a use for well-worn holey pants. No suggestions required thank you.
Do you wear your clothes out? What do you do when they’ve given up the ghost? Have I missed some great ideas on what to do with my holey items?
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