Reuse, recycle, repair, replaceSeptember 2 2012 at 2:05 PM
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I have been doing a bit of each of these around here.
Repair - One problem I had was two bottom sheets ripped. I really didn't want to repair but I also didn't want to buy a full set when the top sheet and pillow cases were still good. That is how I ended up with all the extras I have now. I started looking at buying one sheet and couldn't find what I wanted. So my choice was repair the rips or make a new one from and old sheet. I decided to try a repair. I used iron on interfacing on both sides of the rip then stitched around the patch. So far its worked well. It doesn't bother me(though its not pretty) and has not come loose, even after washing. Gives me a bit more time to look around for a new set.
Reuse - And speaking of bed, we had a pillow topped mattress that the top was messed up. It was still firm enough just not comfortable. Didn't really want to buy a new one just like it so tried to think of another solution. We flipped the mattress over, the bottom didn't have any padding which was ok. We then bought a 3" foam topper to place over this flat space. We have slept on this for over a year and so far its worked for us.
Recycle - I had two flat feather pillows and one that was so full it was never used. I combined the two into one then added some from the over stuffed one. I now have two good pillows instead of three unusable ones.
Replace - I bought new work clothes and transferred the old ones for everyday use. And made rags of the old everyday ones. I really don't need ratty clothes so there was no reason to keep them stuffed in a drawer taking up space. Now everything I have I can wear anytime.
Have you done any of the R's lately?