“I just happen to think that in life we need to be a little like the farmer, who puts back into the soil what he takes out.”
Whether you’ve received some ill-fitting clothes for Christmas or Hanukkah with no gift receipt, or you’re just excited to kick off the new year with a purge of old clothes, it’s likely you have some clothes on your hands that don’t fit you very well.
Don’t resign yourself to an overcrowded closet or wearing unflattering clothes, though. Whether you’re an expert seamstress or a dud at DIY, or even if you just want to make some extra cash, here are seven easy and creative ways to reuse these clothes.Advertising
1. Reuse old t-shirts to make pillows
Our favorite thing about old t-shirts is how soft they are — why not put that to good use by making them into pillows? Just cut off the sleeves, fill them with pillow stuffing, and sew up the bottom. If you aren’t handy with a needle and thread, you can even duct tape the opening for a quick fix. Pillow stuffing is cheap to buy online or at most craft stores, or if you’re trying to get rid of even more t-shirts, you can stuff your t-shirt pillow with more rolled-up t-shirts.Bonus: if pillows aren’t really your thing, consider making a quilt!
Quilts are great for using up old clothes or other fabric. And if all the different squares don’t match, it doesn’t matter! Quilts look better the more diverse they are.
2. Treat your pet to an adorable outfit
Those old jeans may not look cute on you anymore… but there’s no way they wouldn’t be cute on your puppy. If you’re not an ambitious enough at sewing to make dog pants, try something easier: pop a small t-shirt onto a mid- to large-sized dog, or cut up fabric to use for a dog bandana.
3. Turn sleeveless shirts into bags
Sew the bottom of a tank top together and you have a perfect shopping bag with a little extra personality. Bonus points: save the environment even more by saying no to shopping bags. If you live in a state where they charge for shopping bags, count this a money saver as well!
4. Turn tattered clothes into headbands
Headbands, bandanas, or other hair pieces are a snap to make. Just cut a long strip of fabric or a square out of your favorite shirt or skirt, and you’re ready to go. Whether for going out, running, or just cleaning the house, an extra bandana or headband to keep your hair out of your face can always come in handy.
5. Take tight or short clothes and turn them into a sexy Halloween costume
Is that flannel shirt a little tight? Pair it with some short jorts for a sexy cowgirl look — just because it’s not work appropriate doesn’t mean it’s not perfect for Halloween. Other good costume ideas for too-small clothing include: sexy boy scout or girl scout, sexy teacher, or sexy librarian.
6. Sell them for some extra cash
You’d be surprised — selling your clothes at second-hand clothing stores can add up to a pretty decent pay day. While you’ll often only get a few dollars for each piece, you never know which old items might suddenly be in demand again, or even be considered vintage.Advertising
7. Donate them to the needy
Because nothing feels better around the holidays than sharing with those less fortunate, why not give away old clothes to the needy? Goodwill or the Salvation Army have drop off locations all over the country, and it’s a great feeling to know that the clothes that no longer fit you may look just perfect on somebody else.
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Last Updated on September 18, 2020
7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks
Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.
Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.
1. Exercise Daily
It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.
If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.
Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.
If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.
2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity
Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.
One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”.
This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.
3. Acknowledge Your Limits
Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.
Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.
Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.
4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy
Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.
The basic nutritional advice includes:
- Eat unprocessed foods
- Eat more veggies
- Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
- Eat whole grains, not refined grains
5. Watch Out for Travel
Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.
This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.
If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go, and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.
6. Start Slow
Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.
If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.
7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner
Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.
My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.
If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.
I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.
Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.
Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.
More Tips on Getting in Shape
- 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It)
- 12 Best At Home Workouts (No Equipment Needed)
- 15 Most Effective and Nutritious Healthy Foods to Lose Weight
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