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3 Simple Steps for Thinning Down Your Closet

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Yes, your closet can look “fat”. A fat closet happens when your clothes, shoes, and other items look as though they are about to explode. Basically, your closet will be silently screaming for help, that’s when our tips and tricks will come in handy.

Step 1: Lay It Out

Take everything out of your closet: purses, clothing, shoes, jackets, everything. Lay it all out according to what it is. Then go through each category and decide what to keep and what to trash or donate. If you decide to donate, here is our helpful list of places that can take almost anything, and give it to someone in need.

If you never wear that old sweater, donate it! If that T-shirt is too small, donate it! If Grandma bought you an ugly pair of bell bottoms, trash it, no one should have bell bottoms.

Step 2: Clean Out Those Skeletons

Now that your closet is empty, it’s time to thoroughly clean it! Vacuum up those cob webs, Lysol those dusty shelves and toss out those skeletons you’ve been hiding. Make your closet sparkle and shine before you place anything back inside it.

Step 3: Coordinating your Clothes

Decide which items need to be hung in the closet and which can be neatly folded into drawers or onto shelves. For example, your “Snoopy and Woodstock” pajamas don’t need to be hung. However, your dresses or suits should be. This alone will cut down on what is in your closet.

The clothes that are left to be placed back into your closet can be organized further. Coordinate your clothing by color, season, and/or use. In other words keep pants, shirts, dresses, suits, and skirts separate.

To organize your shoes look to one of our previous blog posts: What to do With All Those Shoes, and organize them whichever way you see fit.

If purses or bags are stored in your closet, go through all of them and be sure you have trashed or donated as much as you can. Invest in purse hangers if you want to have them hang, or place them on a shelf, in a neat row, if your closet is equipped.

If you follow these steps your closet will thank you. A thinned down closet, is a happy closet and we are happy to help you and your closet find that happy place.

Help Your Own Spring Cleaning by Helping Others

Spring Cleaning with Donations

Contemporary Closets knows the importance of spring cleaning, and knows that it’s easier and more efficient to get rid of old items when you know they are going to a good cause. So, we put together a helpful list of charities who will gladly help you take advantage of your spring cleaning as an opportunity to donate and support people in need.

That’s it. Thank you for letting us help you realize the potential for you life’s organization. The pleasure was ours. And thank you for letting us continue to be a part of that process.

1. Vietnam War Veterans of America
- Accepts clothing, shoes, housewares and glassware, drapes, toys, games, bikes, tools and      small appliances
- Picks up directly from your home
- Contact them at 1-800-775-VETS (8387) or visit online at www.vva.org

2. Habitat for Humanity Re Store
- Accepts new and gently used furniture, appliances, lumber, hardware and unique items to the public.
- Contact them at 973-782-6993 or visit online at www.patersonhabitat.org/restore
- Store located at 415 Hamburg Tpk, Wayne, NJ 07470

3. New Jersey Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center Inc. c/o Katzenbach School for the Deaf
- Accepts Eyeglasses
- Contact them at lcif@lionsclubs.org

4. Dress For Success
- Accepts women’s suits and professional attire
- Contact them at 973-822-3188 or visit online at www.dressforsuccess.org, or in person at      Morris County Madison Community House, 25 Cook Ave, Madison, NJ 5. Sole 4 Souls
- Accepts gently used footwear

6. Get Well Gamers Foundation – Accepts video games
- Visit them at www.getwellgamers.org

7. National Christina Foundation
- Accepts computers – Visit them at www.cristina.org

8. Earth911.com
- Accepts all electronics, computers and household items.
- Visit them at www.earth911.com

9. Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation
- Accepts musical instruments
- Visit online at www.mhopus.org

10. Nike
- Accepts athletic shoes – Visit them at www.nikereuseashoe.com

11. Goodwill and the Salvation Army
- Accepts almost anything
- Find locations at www.goodwill.org and www.salvationarmyusa.org

If you have a favorite charity that we’ve left off the list, please let us know in the comments below.