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Shelter in Place - DeCluttering

You found yourself with a little extra home time on your hands most likely due to the need to shelter in place. Why not take a little time to declutter some of the home that you have been needing to do for some time.


Here are a few basics for starting with your closet. To start with, take out EVERYTHING from your closet (yes, it will get worse before it gets better in terms of the clutter).


Then sort everything into four groups:


1. Keep It

When going through your entire closet, you may be pleasantly surprised to find things you forgot about it and still want. That feeling of finding a $20 bill in your pocket for example.


2. Toss It

We often keep worn out clothing just by habit. A closet overhaul will reveal which clothes are too damaged to be donated or sold. There are, however, options for clothes that cannot be repaired, including old t-shirts used as cleaning rags for instance. Take a look at crafting sites for ideas on re-purposing old clothes that otherwise will need to be thrown out.


3. Consign It

Create a consign it pile. Once things are back up and open, consignment stores are a great way to take clothes that no longer fit but are in good condition still. Recover some of the cost of the clothes you bought but won't be wearing again since they no longer fit or you just don't plan on wearing it anymore.


4. Donate It

You should consider donating your clothing to those in need. There are several charity options that accept clothing that be used by those in need of clothing and garments. Plus it will be a tax write off at the end of the year.


Finally, if you are not sure what group to put some clothing into, try this trick:

Turn all of your clothing hangers in one direction. Every time you use a garment, turn the clothing hanger around the other way. After 30 days, you'll have an idea of what garments you use and which ones you do not use on a regular basis.





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