It's Time to de-Clutter and Donate!

a cluttered kitchen with various arrangements of junk all over the counters

City Mission is Soliciting Donations from the Cleanup of Clutter - Follow These Steps!

Summer is ending and fall is on it's way! It's time get organized and do some de-cluttering!

Are you looking for a place to donate clothing to? Look no further! City Mission Thrift Store will take your clothing donations! You can drop you items off at any one of our seven  Store Locations  or in one of our City Mission Donation Bins in an area near you.

Your Donations Help Change Lives!

We'd like to offer some tips on where to begin from this helpful article titled
"4 Steps to clean out your cluttered closet" by  Alina Bradford.

"Overflowing closets can cost you a lot of  time when you're in a hurry and just can't find that certain jacket or  belt. Stop the madness and start cleaning. It only takes one afternoon to go from a stuffed closet to an organized one.

I  know, parting with that shredded band tee or those once-perfect jeans  that are now unwearable is tough. The reward for de-cluttering though, is  a closet full of items that you actually want to wear. And, you won't  have to keep digging through your closet every time you're looking for  your favorite shirt. Here's how my family cleaned up our act, and you  can, too.

1. Take inventory

The first step in your closet clean-out is to completely empty it. Remove everything, including clothes, hangers and shoes -- and plop it on your bed or floor. Don't forget to grab items from shelves, bins and drawers, too. 

You want to start completely fresh, like you've never had clothes before and the pile you made is your shopping area.

2. Grab some bags

Next, you're going to need to grab some trash bags, a marker and some tape. Put a strip of tape on the first bag and write on it with the marker "trash." On the second bag, place a strip of tape on it and label that bag "donate."

If you have a lot of on-trend or designer clothing, consider grabbing a third bag for items you can sell to a consignment store. (or City Mission Thrift Store)

3. Set rules for what goes back in

OK, now that you have the preparation done, it's time to start being ruthless. You're going to make four piles: keep, repair, trash and donate (and/or consignment store). The trash pile and charity pile are the labeled bags. The keep and repair piles can be on top of your dresser, a chair or somewhere separate from the rest of the clothes.

Start sorting with these rules in mind:

  • If you haven't worn it in a year and it's still in good condition, it goes in the charity bag (City Mission bag!)
  • If it has holes, worn-out elastic or rips that can't be repaired, throw it in the trash bag.
  • If  it needs a button or has a hole you or a tailor can easily fix (and you  vow to actually fix it) put the item in the repair pile.
  • If it's not your style, it goes in the charity bag
  • If it's fantastic, you love it and you wear it, put it in the keep pile
  • If it has stains put it in the repair pile and try these tricks to remove spots.
  • If it doesn't fit, donate it.

For the clothing items that you struggle to decide their fate, take a page out of the Konmari method. Ask yourself, does it bring you joy? Do you feel happy with how it fits your body? If the answer is no to both, then toss it.

These rules go for shoes, too. Got holes or extreme wear on the soles? They've got to go. Haven't worn them in a year? Off to charity. Love 'em and wear them? They're keepers.

If your shoes are just a little dirty, you can easily clean them.

4. Finish up

Your closet cleaning journey is almost over. Now you just need to put everything from the keep pile back in your closet.

For the rest, it's important you get deal with them right away. Taking action will prevent those items from taking up space and potentially making their way back into your closet.   

Put the trash bag in your bin right away. Drive the charity bag to your local drop-off point right away at one our drop-off points. No waiting!

Finally, get to work on the items that need to be repaired or cleaned. If you don't have time, take them to the tailor or cleaners right after you drop off the charity bag.

August 21, 2019
Susan Gartland - Social Media Manager
Sue Gartland
Social Media Manager
Sue has a vast career in gospel rescue missions adding great value to the City Mission team. Sue has been in many roles in the mission and is always filling in where she is needed - which is A LOT!

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