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how to approach an overflowing closet

Are you constantly running out of hangers? Do your clothes fill your closet to the max?
It's time to assess that overflowing closet confidently.

Here are some questions to ask yourself:

  1. When was the last time i wore it?
  2. Does it have irreparable stains, holes and pulls? 
  3. Do I have several other almost identical items? 
  4. Does it fit me well? 
  5. Do I feel confident in this? 

These questions should help you distinguish between the clothes you should hold onto and the ones you can part with. 

If you need a little more direction, here is a fun infographic with thought provoking questions to help you make decisions about your clothing. 

Go from this... [photo source:  Hex Jam blog ]

Go from this... [photo source: Hex Jam blog]

to this. [photo source:  College Gloss ]

to this. [photo source: College Gloss]

Then what?

We've come up with a few suggestions for your well loved clothes you are ready to part with: 

  • STATEMINT CONSIGNMENT - Knoxville's first upscale consignment event for adults (next sale: March 30- April 1) . We are excited to consign, shop & help sponsor this community event!
  • bare.thred - Local secondhand shop dedicated to turning people's excess into outlets for creativity and style. We love this mission!
  • Clothing Swap - grab a few of your co-workers, neighbors and friends and host your own little community clothing swap. invite everyone to bring up to 10 items to trade with each other. 
  • Donate - KARM, Ladies of Charity, Goodwill, and so many more. Contact us with questions in regards to where we suggest you donate specific items (caroline@helpyoudwell.com). 

*photo credit for blog image: Statemint Consignment


our february 11 workshop is sold out!
 We are working on another workshop for the spring! 

 
 

Helpful Resources

This week we wanted to give you a closer look at some of the most helpful local resources for all of your purging, organizing and styling needs. We have amped up our "Resources" portion of the website and wanted to share with you. Consider the links below as "tools" in your tool belt of organization. This page is actively updated as we learn about new services available in our area...so stay tuned! These are just a few highlights from our full resources page.


DONATION SPOTS

  • Goodwill : There are plenty of locations all around Knoxville. An organization that helps fund job training programs for East TN is something we can gladly get behind. 
  • YWCA  : They serve a wide variety of individuals from middle school girls and boys to women of all ages. A current "wish list" can be found on their website. 
  • Angelic Ministries : Located in north Knoxville, they accept any furniture, clothing, or household items in good condition. Ongoing needs include twin mattresses, box springs and bed linens. 
  • Ladies of Charity : This is another north Knox donation spot that accepts items ranging from clothing to household items to furniture. If you're unable to physically move your furniture, they'll arrange to come and get it from your home. 

STORAGE & MOVING

  • Knoxville Box and Container, Inc : We can't speak highly enough of this local company that is committed to delivering quality products with unmatched customer service. Give them a call with your box and container needs. 
  • Moretz Moving :  Are you or someone you love moving soon? These are the folks to call; trusted and dependable. They also offer a free estimate! 

TECHNOLOGY LIFE-SAVERS

  • Neighborhood Nerds : General computer help for your families technology issues. They help with phones, desktops and laptops. Their team is passionate about teaching you to use your technology well. 
  • HappyMac : Local company you can count on with all of your Apple products. HappyMac team members really know the ins and outs of your favorite and most used products- after all they have been servicing Knoxville since 1994.

DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY

  • Fleetwood Photo & Digital : Need your old family photos or home videos archived? They can do it. They turned old forgotten pages of recipes into a beautifully bound cookbook for one of our clients. 

 


Knoxville is fortunate to have local organizations that make great use of our outdated or excess treasures. And we are huge fans of the local companies that provide the service and supplies we need to carry out our organizing jobs for our clients. 

We hope that some of these resources will give you the direction you need to get going on your next project! 

HYD gets a behind the scenes tour of KARM Thrift Stores

HYD and part of KARM Thrift's team

HYD and part of KARM Thrift's team

Have you ever come to a place where you realize you have too much stuff but have a hard time letting it go? We run into this a lot and have found that letting go of things is easier when you know your items are blessing others. Now, when we are helping with a project, we can tell you more about where your donated items are going and the needs that you are meeting simply by giving away your items to people who truly need them. We are really excited to be partnering with KARM thrift and would love to share with you a few of the ways that KARM is helping people all over our community, region, and beyond.

KARM Thrift Clearance Center

KARM Thrift Clearance Center

Last week we took a tour of KARM's clearance center and learned about what KARM does with items that don't sell or items that are too damaged to sell. KARM Thrift operates 17 thrift stores and the Clearance Center. The clearance center is the last stop for items that didn't sell in a thrift store, or are slightly damaged but could be fixed. Everything at the clearance center is sold at a deep discount. The Clearance Center is the general hub of all KARM thrift operations.

Caring for the community: The team at the clearance center works with a number of non profits and ministries in town to provide for people with no means. They do an incredible job of efficiently and effectively making good use of every donation possible. Below are a few of the ways KARM is giving back.

  • Assist with clothing for kids entering the foster care system
  • Create move in baskets for elderly individuals moving out of homelessness & into housing
  • Provide clothing for babies born at Fort Sanders Hospital whose families don't have resources
  • Provide household and toiletry items for people living in poverty in rural Appalachia
  • Provide clothing for men coming out of prison and working with Focus Ministries.
  • Invite teachers from public schools to come get free art supplies
Sized clothing for kids entering foster care and stock of baby clothing for Fort Sanders babies

Sized clothing for kids entering foster care and stock of baby clothing for Fort Sanders babies

The green side of KARM Thrift: All garments & textiles that cycle through the clearance center end up in one of 3 groups. Group A are items that didn't sell but don't have any defeciencies. They are then sold to thrift stores in cities that don't have a donation base large enough to stock a thrift store year round. Group B are items which are slightly damaged be it a stain or a tear or a missing button. These items are sent to third world countries. Some of these clothes are used as is, while others are remade into clothing to fit the appropriate culture. Group C is made up of more heavily damaged items. These are put through a compressor and sold in bales to buyers who then remove buttons and zippers to be sold and separate the clothing by color. White fabrics are cut out and sold to paint companies as rags, colored fabric is sold to auto shops and mechanics, while still others are sold and shredded to become insulation in cars.

Bales ready to be shipped to buyers

Bales ready to be shipped to buyers

KARM uses sheets to wrap bales so that the items inside don't get too damaged to use

KARM uses sheets to wrap bales so that the items inside don't get too damaged to use

We are so excited to be a community partner of KARM Thrift and are even more excited to be able to assist you in the donation process. Check out their website for locations, hours, and to learn more about KARM Thrift and their mission.