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Giving Back: Spring Cleaning

Emerging from the confines of a long winter is the perfect time to refine, refresh, and declutter your home.

The changing of the seasons means the changing of wardrobes. Preparing for a closet overhaul may seem daunting, but by following a few simple tips, it doesn't have to be! Purging, prioritizing, and organizing will make for a happier space and kick off spring cleaning with a clutter-free bang. 

Grand Dump and Prioritizing

Cleaning might get messy...at least to start. Doing a grand dump of the contents of your closet and drawers is hugely beneficial, as the all-encompassing view allows you to visualize how much stuff you've accumulated. Once everything is laid out, it will be much easier to parse through and sort.

Organize into categories: stash, save, and "see ya later". 

Stash: Large bulky winter items, sweaters, gloves, scarves, snow boots, etc. Keep some specific items handy in case of inclement weather, but most can be tucked away in a bin or container until next season. 

Save: Warm weather items, spring apparel, light jackets and sweaters. Get your closet set for the upcoming months. 

See Ya' Later: Items that are stained, pilled, or damaged can be tossed. Clothing that doesn't fit or hasn't been worn in over a year should be set aside and considered for donation or selling. If you are undecided on an item or waffling, get rid of it. Chances are you're having second thoughts for a reason. 

Organizing

Once you have your clothing sorted, organize the items you wish to keep. Hang items on slim hangers by clothing type (pants, button up shirts, sweaters, etc.) or color. You can also utilize storage solutions like shoe racks, shelving, and storage containers to make your closet more user-friendly.

Donate

Have clothes ready to be donated? Here are a few local options:

Family Service Billings: All ages

billingsfamilyservice.org

Dress for Success Billings: Professional attire

 billings.dressforsuccess.org

Tracy's Closet: Teenage Girl

 facebook.com/tracysclosetcommunity

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