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How to Recycle, Reuse, or Repurpose Clothes Your Kids Have Outgrown

*This is a collaborative post. All opinions are my own.
One of the many things parents get excited about is dressing up their kids, wanting to see them looking cute and cuddly. However, children grow up really fast, especially nowadays, and the next thing you know, they don’t fit their clothes anymore.
Clothes that kids outgrow commonly end up being stored in a wardrobe or the attic, collecting dust and left completely forgotten. These old garments typically just pile up, taking space and not having any purpose anymore.
Most of the time, parents think about handing these used clothes to their kid’s siblings, cousins, or friends. But sometimes, those clothes just reach the end of their life span, as nobody can wear them anymore.
Perhaps not just yet. Here are a few ways to breathe life once again into your kids’ old clothes.

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Donate Wearable Clothes to an Orphanage or Charity

This one is pretty obvious. There are billions of kids all over the world, and in 2017, in the United States alone, there were 73.7 million kids residing there.

Of course, it is an undeniable fact that there are less fortunate kids out there. Some of them live in orphanages, while some are in underdeveloped areas, particularly those in third-world countries. Giving away used clothes will not only create extra space at home but will also help underprivileged children have comfortable clothing.

Sell Them

Like with most goods, sometimes, just straight up disposing pieces of clothes may be a little too difficult, especially when you’ve spent a generous amount of money on them. Some of these things can get ridiculously expensive, especially if they’re branded ones.

When the monetary value is taken into consideration, selling your child’s old but usable clothes is your best bet to get the investment back. This really works well mainly for exclusively tailored clothes, like dresses and gowns for the girls and coats and suits for the boys.

Sort out and separate valuable jackets, hoodies, sweaters, pairs of pants, etc. from the ones that are easy to get rid of right away. After figuring out clothes to sell, make sure they’re still in good condition before posting them online.

Selling these clothes per piece grants a better chance for an investment return. However, if that sounds too complicated, bulk selling is also an option. Just make sure to label them correctly in the item description so buyers will know what’s included in the box. Add distinguishable photos too.

Turn Them into Reusable Rags

By 2024, the market for paper towels is expected to grow by roughly 4.6 percent, translating to around $15 billion. It’s time to ditch using paper towels for household cleaning by turning worn-out clothes into reusable rags. And here’s the catch: It’s going to save some bucks as you lessen the use of paper towels.

Determine which ones are ready to be disposed of, such as shirts with too many holes in them and are just not suitable for wearing anymore. Clothes made out of cotton work really well in absorbing liquid and cleaning in general. Take a pair of scissors, and cut out an area of the shirt, preferably in squares, so they’re easier to handle, wash, and fold.

childs feet sticking out from underneath a piece of cowboy material with a sign saying keep out made into a den

Upcycle Them

Upcycling is the process of taking materials that are considered unusable and unwanted and transforming them into something new with better environmental value. It’s not to be confused with recycling, as there is a difference though they may sound exactly the same.

This means making something brand-new out of the stockpile of outgrown kids’ clothing. One way to do this is by upgrading pillows or making pillowcases. Take a pillow you already own, and use cut-outs from the clothes to make the pillowcase fancier. There’s also the opportunity to make tote bags or memory quilts.

There are lots of tutorials on how to upcycle used clothing, so you can look for ideas and inspirations for a fun project. It’s good for the environment, it saves a lot of money, and it’s a great way to preserve memories that come with some of the children’s clothes.

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