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Conquer Closet Clutter: Donations

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Donation clothing boxIs it hard to make your way through your crowded bedroom closet? Is it difficult to find clothing when you’re in a hurry? In many cases, disorganized and cluttered closets are the culprits, making it impossible to maximize your available space. To that end, many Colorado families have a tradition of spring cleaning where they get rid of unwanted items once a year.

“Out with the old and in with the new” is a good strategy for anyone who has trouble with cluttered closets. As you eliminate clutter, you’ll have to decide whether items should be donated. Donating is a great way to clear out your closet and help individuals in need at the same time. Consider the following tips.

A Clutter-Free Home Thanks to Spring Cleaning and Closet Organization

Before you start removing unwanted items from your closet, it might be a good idea to contact local charities to see what they need and what types of things they are not currently accepting. For example, one charitable organization may prefer children’s clothing, since they focus on helping kids.

Another charity may be looking for board games and toys for kids in their shelter. If you plan on going to multiple charities, use separate boxes or bags.

Typical Items Charities Accept

There is likely a treasure trove of items that charitable organizations would welcome, including:

  • Clothing, whether in season or not
  • Hats
  • Shoes
  • Purses and bags
  • Board games
  • Books and toys

It almost goes without saying that all clothing you donate should be cleaned and gently used. A small hole or unobtrusive stain may still be acceptable to certain shops, but use common sense to see if an item in question is worth donating. If donating toys or games, check if any parts are missing. 

Other Tips

It’s clear that doing spring cleaning every year will help you free up space by eliminating clutter while also enabling you to help out less fortunate members of the community who could use some clothes or other items that would otherwise sit unused in your over-stuffed closet. Remember to ask for a receipt, using estimated values for the things that you donate, in case you plan to deduct charitable donations when it comes time to do your taxes. 

Makeover Your Closet

Now that you’ve cleared out your closet, you may be thinking, “Now what?” It’s time to start thinking about how you can keep your closet organized. The professionals at Closet & Storage Concepts Colorado applaud your charitable instincts and we would be happy to help you solve your storage problems by designing a customized closet organization system that will meet your family’s needs. Stop by our Longmont showroom or give us a call to set up a free in-home design consultation!

Photo © Jovanmandic.

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