Freecycle(*). Knowing that things are going to a good home where they're wanted and will be used has helped immeasurably in my efforts to remove "perfectly good" stuff that I don't use from my house. Plus, that person usually just comes to pick 'em up; less effort than putting in the trash for me.
As for bed appendices, I'm with you on that. Hate 'em.
(*) Actually, technically, I think my local group only used to be connected with the national "Freecycle" organization, but neither of us is interested in hearing about historical email-list power-plays.
The problem with freecycle, of course, is that you then have to take the time to arrange pick ups for people who may or may not show up, etc. Sometimes, the easiest solution is the best - just get rid of them.
Oh, but they aren't trash to everyone. I love cushions! Not on my *bed* mind, but on my sofa and chairs, because I'm so short I my feet don't reach the floor if my back is on the sofa-back. I'm not sure what use they are meant to be on a bed though. (in the UK they are commonly displayed with bedding, but not very often actually for sale... perhaps shops here have a more realistic idea of people's desire to actually own the things).
I fully get behind your desire to have these items out of your house but you can do good by passing on what is trash to you to someone for whom it is a useful object (even with actual trash sometimes - I know people with uses for broken crockery for instance).
They are made of a slick nylon material and have a bad "handfeel." I will put them on the curb for anyone who wants to take them, but I doubt it.
Toss them on the guest bed downstairs. Just a thought.
It already has too many. I want them out of the house. Less stuff! Less Stuff!
I donate all my stuff. Someone has a use for it. Veteran's shelters will often actually have trucks that will pick up if you can't get to a Goodwill, etc.
haven't read the other comments but am sure I'm not the first to suggest this. :-)
No, it's pretty much been the only reaction. ;-)
i have ONE "decorative" pillow with any real use. the bed is too tall for a little dog to jump on, so she jumps on the footlocker at the end of the bed, up on the decorative roll pillow i keep there for JUST that purpose, and onto the bed, where she looks triumphant.
otherwise, those things are like pillow shams. useless and irritating, and i'm with you, get them OUT of my house.
Worst are the "European shams" which fit large, square pillows with NO purpose whatever. Junk!
Throw pillows are nasty. They are not comfortable. In most cases they are barely attractive and rarely add beauty to whatever they are put on. Yet they breed like rabbits, or show up as gifts, or.. I have no idea where they come from. I loathe them but have at least eight.
Don't donate them. Best case, organize a "throw pillow fight" in your 'hood and help others destroy the junk that is polluting their homes.
Although the idea of a nice large bonfire is tempting as well. Hmm.
Thank you. I agree completely.
Yes, YES! Get rid of them!! (Don't really care how, donating is nice, but if you're too busy don't be afraid to deep-six them.)
And believe me - I KNOW the agony of getting rid of somethings that's "perfectly good". That's why I've still got that (operational) 2000 Dell laptop. :)
Hmm... I thought dust ruffles were the "the appendix of bedding: useless"...
Dust ruffles are awesome. They hide the chains.
I read the entire thing with a voice in the back of my head saying "So get rid of them." Glad to see you came to the same conclusion.
If you don't want to throw away "perfectly good" pillows, donate them to Goodwill. Someone else might get use of them.
They are going on the curb in a clear, protective bag so that some other fool may grab then if s/he sees fit.
oddly, i make the bed at the END of the day--as in, when justin goes to bed. that's because my sleeping schedule is so whacked that i'm either already in the bed when he wants to get in and he gets a pre-warmed side (i'm a right-sider if you look from the foot, but the WINDOW is on the left side, and i'm the one that refuses to have heat in the room and has to have the cold air, but really i'm an ALL-BEDDER with a strong side of DON'T TOUCH ME, so he's just screwed) or i'm putting him to bed, so i wake up to a kiss goodbye and take over the YAY ALL MINE bed. then i stagger out of it out of guilt at whenever, mostly because i'm upset since i can't decide what to make for dinner. and putting him to bed means making it, from scratch, every night. i like a made bed. i really do. i admire a made bed. when i make a bed, i'm proud of it. but i've found that all those decorative pillows cost more and just end up on the floor, and i too have a floordrobe that i attempt to eradicate now and then, only then i'm just too tired to hang up/put away whatever, and...
*cheers you on from whatever cruddy position i have on this, really*
The made bed helps to keep the floordrobe (I love that term!) under control.
Build a pillow fort in the basement?
i know you live in your own home. but i live in an apartment. when stuff comes to that point, i take it down to our laundry room and leave it with a note: free to a good home! i've gotten rid of so much stuff that way!
We have a tradition of leaving things on the curb for people to take the day before trash day. Which is what I did, and by gum if they weren't gone within half an hour.