How To Declutter Your CLOTHING!

As the weather is shifting in the Denver area, now is a good time to go through your closets and drawers to switch over into your fall sweaters, long slacks and scarves. When you do so, take the opportunity to go through your clothing to downsize things that you no longer wear or need. If you are considering a downsize sometime in the future, closet space can be tighter than you’re used to. With those considerations, here are a few tips when looking at your closets and deciding on what to keep and what to let go:

  • Consider if you’ve worn the item within the last year. If you have not, it might be a good time to let it go.

  • Is the item damaged or in need of repair? If so, do you have the time or the resources to repair it? If so, repair and keep. If not, discard.

  • Is the item still in style? Have you seen anyone wearing this type of item around town? If not, maybe it’s a good time to let it go.

  • How many of that item do you have? How many do you need? If you could keep half of the amount you have, would that be enough? If so, it might be good to let it go.

  • Is the item a one of a kind? Is it sentimental? If getting rid of the item would cause you strife, it might be best to hang on to it or wait until you can find a new home for it.

 Once you’ve compiled your unwanted items, here are a few places to take your donatable items:

  • The Denver Rescue Mission accepts gently used men’s, womens & children’s clothing in good condition for Denver’s homeless.

  • Impact Humanity is a locally operated store for the homeless to “shop” for clothing that they may need. People need not prove their homelessness and patrons may shop with dignity            for clothing.

  • Vietnam Veterans of America will take gently used clothing as well and you may schedule a pick up of items boxed/bagged at your home.

  •  As always, you can donate to your local Goodwill, ARC or other donation center.

With all of the new open space in your closets, there are a few other tips to help make the space more organized and user friendly:

  • Discard all wire and broken hangers. Replace them with more sturdy hangers that are more uniform in size and shape. This will help items hang more evenly and space out in order to preserve the fabrics of the clothing.

  • Buy bins or baskets to hold loose items in the closet such as hats, scarves, gloves, and other miscellaneous items. Store these on the upper shelves in the closets or perhaps stack them on the floor.


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