Being that our household includes two later twenty-somethings who still have a lot of things from college and from our parents, we have acquired some items from family members that have an unidentifiable and questionable age.
While there is nothing wrong with that for pots/pans, or baking sheets, it’s helpful to know how long someone had been sleeping on that pillow you found in the closet at your parents.
I was recently waking up with a sore neck, which I attributed to my pillow. So for Christmas, I was given a new one (#adultstatus).
But now I have an old pillow that I don’t know what to do with.
We already have at least 2 extra pillows lying around for when the occasional guest stays over, and we don’t have the room to be piling up pillows.
I am not going to make it into a dog bed (don’t have a dog), or craft it into throw pillows (no room for those), and donation centers don’t take used pillows.
So what is a person supposed to do?
I wanted the pillow to avoid a landfill end and was intrigued by it keeping a shelter pet nice and cozy. So, I checked almost every Chicago animal shelter’s website to see if they were accepting old pillows.
None of them do, but many took sheets, blankets, towels, and comforters, which is very good to know since we will be getting all new versions of those when K and I get married.
Here are the Chicago animal shelters that take various old textiles, but not pillows:
- PAWS Chicago: flat sheets, blankets, and used towels
- Community Animal Rescue Effort: fleece blankets
- Orphans of the Storm: blankets, comforters, and old towels
- New Leash on Life: blankets, sheets, and towels
- Animal Care League (in Oak Park): gently used towels and blankets but specifically says no pillows, sheets or pillowcases
- Precious Pets Almost Home: blankets and towels
- Famous Fido Rescue: towels
So I have a home for all of that stuff, but not my delipidated pillow. Now what?
Since we don’t have a lot of seating in our place, I am thinking that I might get some fabric and make a nice floor pillow with the stuffing like this one here.
Otherwise, there are plenty of other options for what to do with sad pillows:
- Earth 911: 7 Ways to Reuse and Recycle Old Pillows
- Ask Umbra: What Should I Do With My Nasty Old Pillows?
- Recycle Nation: Creative Uses for Old Pillows