Closet Clean-up – Getting Organized in 2012

Do you have clothing in your closet that have never been worn, with the tags still attached? If the answer is yes, it may be time to de-clutter your closet. It isn’t always easy to get started, but you can do it. Picture an organized closet featuring clothes that you can fit into today; if you haven’t worn it in two years, it’s time to let go. Update your style and resolve to get organized in 2012.

Donate your gently used or new clothing (with or without tags), shoes, belts, jewelry, designer bags and other accessories to a Goodwill donation center near you. Remember to wash or dry-clean clothing prior to donating. Needless to say, don’t donate broken or unclean items.

You’ll not only start out your New Year with an organized closet, but you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that your donations helped support Goodwill’s mission; helping people with employment barriers to reach their full potential and become self-sufficient.

Consider Goodwill your Good-friend when donating items.  Is it clean and saleable?  Would you give it to your good friend?

What donations does Goodwill need the most?

  • Women’s, men’s and children’s clothing
  • Kitchen and household items
  • Dishes, pots & pans, cooking & serving containers
  • Shoes and boots
  • Books
  • Linens and domestic items
  • Stuffed animals
  • Collectibles

Here are a few tips to remember when donating to Goodwill:

  • Are the pockets empty? Make sure you have emptied pant and jacket pockets, purses, and suitcases of any valuables or items you wish to keep.
  • Can Goodwill accept this? There are few household items Goodwill cannot accept. Among them are mattresses and large appliances, click here for a list of items they don’t accept.
  • Would I give this to a family member or friend? Goodwill understands that its shoppers look for quality items when visiting its stores; therefore, the nonprofit has a policy against selling torn, stained, and water-soaked items.

(note: The Goodwill Hunter was once a Honolulu Advertiser columnist, see the write-up that inspired this blog article).