My friend Kelly and I were recently chatting about pillows and how often we buy new one's. If you have seen that one OMGCANTGETITOUTOFMYHEAD Oprah episode you probably buy new pillows on a regular basis. But what do you do with old one's? I don't really even know if I have thrown a pillow out before. Have I? I seriously have no memory one way or the other. You can't donate them because charities will not take them due to the same things we saw in the OMGCANTGETITOUTOFMYHEAD Oprah episode. So what are the options? It can't really be that they just end up in the trash?
Here are some ideas in the order in which I like them.
Donate to a animal shelter!
Obviously call ahead of time to make sure they accept them but they may just take the filling to make pet beds for their animals.
Make draft barriers!
If you live in a cold climate like we do then you know that sometimes when the wind is blowing fierce you can get a crazy draft under your doors. Why not take your old pillows and make a draft barrier with the pillow stuffing! I like this idea and can see it being very useful in the winter.
Make pet beds!
You can use all the filling in your old pillows to make a pet bed. I believe this may be the most realistic option for us but I have a feeling Louie (our cat) won't like it one bit. I don't know if I have ever seen him sit on a pillow. He prefers random places to sit/lay/sleep. Like on suitcases, chairs, my sweaters, that one fabric chair that is impossible to get fur free.
Make throw pillows!
Cut your pillows into squares, sew them back up and make (or buy) some decorative cases. If you need to make them pillows fluffier than cut the pillow into a square and take the stuffing out of the one side and put that into the square.
Make 2 old pillows into 1!
Pillow get so frickin flat so fast. Take the filling from one pillow and stuff it into another and then keep using that pillow. The only way I would do this is if I knew 100% there was no way my pillow had any of the OMGCANTGETITOUTOFMYHEAD Oprah episode stuff in it.
Use them to protect things!
Not like a body guard or anything like that but if you are moving things or putting something into something (I am getting very technical here) and you don't want it to be scratched you could use some old pillows as protection. This option seems like a good one to me but when does it end? Won't you just end up with that one room that no one goes into because it is full of pillow you keep just in case you have to pick up a dresser your buddy bought on craigslist?
What do you do with your old pillows?
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