Get a Fabric Recycling Bin in Your Building

The laundry room of my apartment building is not a place that usually fills me with glee. However, I recently went down there for my weekly laundry routine and was delighted to find a clothing donation bin! It is part of a program called refashionNYC that is a joint venture between the NYC Department of Sanitation and the charity HousingWorks.

In addition to clothing, shoes, accessories, and linens, we can deposit fabrics for recycling, even though they might only be reusable as rags. This will keep fabrics out of the landfill.

Would you like to have a bin in your NYC building?  See this page on the Department of Sanitation site for more info, and for access to the on-line application.

Great New Organizing Products!

As I’ve mentioned, I recently returned from the annual conference of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) in Scottsdale, Arizona.

One of the highlights of the conference is the product expo.  There were three new products this year that deserve mention due to their creativity and usefulness. Read More

A New Spin on Consignment

In my last tip, I spoke about letting go of clothes that don’t make you look fabulous.  If you’ve taken my advice, you now have a pile of clothes you no longer want.  But what should you do with them?

Everyone has a tendency to put a higher dollar value on their possessions than anyone is willing to pay.  This is particularly true for expensive clothes.  No matter how much wear someone has gotten out of their expensive or designer items, he or she usually thinks that some one is willing to pay a pretty penny to own them second hand.

For that reason, many of my clients want to take their unwanted high-end clothes to a consignment store.  Most consignment stores that I have encountered are extremely picky about which clothes they will take, and even if the clothes sell, the financial remuneration to the original owner is usually fairly low.

A new type of consignment store has arisen on the internet.  Rather than schlepping your clothes to a store, undergoing the tense item-by-item review by the store personnel, and schlepping the rejects home again, you can do all of this from the comfort of your home.

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Dispose of the Clothes

Maria's Ugly Dress

Maria’s Ugly Dress

Have you ever seen the movie “The Sound of Music”?  Julie Andrews, playing a would-be nun, has been sent from the abbey to the von Trapp family as the new governess.  Captain Von Trapp requests that before she meets his seven children, she change into a different dress.  She tells him that she doesn’t have another dress, since they are required to give all their worldly goods to the poor when entering the abbey.  “What about this dress?” he asks.  “The poor didn’t want this one,” she replies.

I often think of this scene when working with my clients on paring down their clothing collections.  For some of my clients, clothes that become worn out or soiled simply get downgraded.  While new clothes continue to come into the house, old ones never leave.  Either they become “clothes I wear for hanging around the house”, “clothes I sleep in”,  or “workout clothes”.

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