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.
Yeah, there are things it isn't worth it for. But it's useful to get over the "I can't throw it out, it's perfectly good"s.
And if I can't be bothered to freecycle it, that's pretty convincing evidence to me that I can go ahead and toss it.
They are hideous. No one will want them. Seriously.
There you go, judging other people by your own standards. :-) (I do it all the time, which is why I'm continually gobsmacked by what goes on out there that passes for "normal.") I'm with naath: someone WILL definitely want them. Even if they use them as filler to cover with some material they've been meaning to make into a pillow but didn't want to spend the money on the pillow itself.
Obviously, I hadn't seen them. And if you can bring yourself to toss, by all means go ahead. My suggestion was mainly to get over the reluctance to throw out "perfectly good" things.
2012-03-07 03:35 am (UTC)
I think you're underestimating the up-cycle, ugly-vintage trend..
In that case, I'm saving some other poor soul from embarrassment when they come to their sense. ;-)
I *always* want more pillows. Whatever they look like. Because... pillows! (However, I'm in MA, so I can't offer to make off with yours because that's just impractical.)
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.
Offer them to The Universe. Where they go is up to . . . not you anymore. Someone will want them. One person's trash is another person's treasure. In a world where there are people who treasure their Elvis on Velvet wall hangings, anything is possible.
All right, I will put them in with the stuff for the next time the Vets call.
Oh yucky. I hates that stuff... retail fabric-goods are so often made of nasty fabric. Chuck 'em, do t'world a favour :-)
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. ;-)
That's because you hang out with classy people. :-) But someone Out There in the great unwashed/uneducated chasm will have a use. Even if it's just people who have been temporarily burned out of their homes and need to buy EVERYTHING new from scratch. They might not like those pillows, but they need some, so for awhile it's much better than nothing at all.) Veteran's shelters will often actually have trucks that will pick up if you can't get to a Goodwill, etc. (At least in my state of MA: there's Veterans', Big Brother/Big Sister. They come to you at a pre-arranged day whenever they are in the area. So you'd maybe have to keep them in a closet for a month, but the "someone who didn't have now has" is a good feeling.)
Where do you live? I can do a search for you. Meanwhile, put 'em out with the garbage, in plastic, with a note "NEW! UNUSED!" and I bet they'll be gone before the trash is. Anyway, it's one way to give 'em a chance rather than consigning them to being put down. (;-P )
I'm convinced! I will save theme or the terrible fate to which they had been consigned.
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!
Large square pillows work as pillows no? Maybe not. Bedding industry is silly.
They certainly don't for me!
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.
We have a local thrift shop run by the Gay Community Foundation - I try to donate my stuff to them whenever I can. Goodwill comes a close second. I have a hard time with the Salvation Army because of their politics, even though I understand they do a lot of good as well.
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 don't know how I'll feel about them when I have my own place, but as a college student I love them! I keep a lot of boxes/plastic totes under my bed in my dorm room, and the dust ruffle that came with my bedding set hides it from view of visitors.
Yes, hiding ills is the purpose of bedskirts.
our bedskirt hides dust bunnies and the cat ...
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.
i have extreme fibro, so when i do something such as laundry, just the actual washing/drying the clothing is an immense task. every great now and then i actually *hang things up* and *fold things and put them in drawers*. but usually it's more 'i like this, i don't want to forget i have it, put it in the floordrobe pile' or 'i'm so goddamned tired it hurts to move, i'm just leaving it here'. i TRY to keep a clean home, but i use up most of my energy just making sure the dishes are done and dinner's made. it really sucks. i mean, i was inspired yesterday and *cleaned the stove*. now, this doesn't mean cleaning the oven, god help me on that one, this means taking out every electric burner and the pans and scrubbing them spotless and putting them through the dishwasher along with the knobs, then scrubbing and scrubbing the whole surface spotless, then lifting the lid and scrubbing the part UNDER the pans spotless (and the sides) and then the whole front, and then the counters...and oh jeez am i paying for it today. and yet. i have dinner to make, and a load of laundry to do, and...some freakish ambition to actually eliminate the floordrobe. for now. it never lasts, and justin spends weeks looking for things that he expects to be on top of the dryer and i spend weeks looking for things that i expect to be in my heap o' floordrobe but are actually hanging up or folded away, but it's so nice to see it clean. i only hope that i have enough spoons to manage it. i might even be able to make the bed when i'm done. (i need to change the sheets and wash them, and THAT'S a project all in itself.)
it doesn't help that when i start cleaning i go manic right up until i fall down and can't move for several days. *sigh*
(i love 'floordrobe' too. i refused to let my mother see my otherwise lovely bedroom until she promised not to mock my floordrobe.)
Those are definitely issues that I don't have to deal with, and I am grateful. I'm just lazy!
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.