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Cleaning out your closet (Really!)



Cleaning out your closet doesn't have to be an ominous task. Think of it as a cleansing for your spirit, while discovering a way to make some extra cash and helping someone in need. You can't beat that! So turn off the boob tube, grab a diet coke and crank up the music. You will need a couple items before you begin, 3 boxes of some kind, laundry baskets, Rubbermaid bins, and anything you have on hand. If you have an onslaught of wire hangers consider replacing them with plastic or sturdier hanger. Last but not least, a clock with a 2nd hand. (Yes, you will be required to make quick decisions) Mark your 3 bins, 1. Consignment Clothing that is in good condition and classic style. 2. Not wearable clothing that is ripped or torn. 3. Donate Clothing that no longer fits you, or you have not worn in a year. You are ready! Start at one end of your closet and work you way thru. Use the second had on your clock, and don't take any longer that 5 seconds to make the decision whether to keep, consign or donate. Pull out any clothing or shoes with these 3 things in mind 1. Is the item ripped, torn or damaged in any way? 2. Is it out of style? 3. It has not been worn in 1 year. (I know you've heard that before, but it still holds true) Remember you are a clearing and organizing machine. Don't answer your phone or turn on the TV or you will become distracted. Keep working throughout your entire closet. If you are on fire at this point keep going through your dresser drawers, under the bed, night side tables and the chair in the corner with the pile of clothes on it. Could it be that easy? Yes! It is. Now that you have piles of clothing you no long need or use, your saying "Okay, Julie, now what?" I have the solution for you with these 3 steps. 1. Locate a consignment shop in your area. They will accept clothing in season, with a return of %50 to %60 for a 90-day consignment length. You also can consider donating your wearable business wear to you local Women's Resource Center. They assist Women, who need a second chance for a fresh start on life. 2. The clothing that is in your donate pile bring to Good will, Salvation Army or your local place of worship. Smile, knowing you are helping others who are in need. The clothing that is not wearable is accepted at places such as Good will. They send it to fabric recycling places. Check with your local Good Will, 3. Your closet, when arranging the clothes left in your closet arrange by color and season. If you have a simple hanging bar with a shelf above, and no sign of a closet organizing system. Consider a less expensive fix by purchasing canvas-organizing units. They come in great patterns and colors to spice up any closet. They hang from your hanging bar. The units have designated uses, for example there is one for shoes, sweaters and shirts. The system will allow you to always know where and what type of clothing you are reaching for. Congratulations! You are done. Nice job, you should be very proud of yourself. Its time to treat yourself to a skinny latte and relish in all your hard work. You've accomplished organization, made money, helped someone in need and recycled. Today the closet, tomorrow the kitchen!

posted on: 1/8/2009 10:00:00 AM by Julie Verleger
category: Homes


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Home Organizing, Week By Week


by Julie Verleger

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About Julie:

Julie Verleger is the founder of Organized Home, Inc. "Organizing is in my DNA. Both my parents were teachers and my father served in the Marines" The "inherited organizer" specializes in the home, office, relocation and downsizing. Organized Home, Inc. services West Michigan and the Chicago area. Julie lives in Grand Rapids Michigan with her husband and 3 children.

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