Friday, October 24, 2008

Donating A Woman's Weight In Clothing

145 lbs

That is how much "Ellen's" load of clothes weighed that I took to Cherry St Mission for donation. All of the clothes were in very good condition. 7 bags of Hefty Ultra Flex bags. All of this came out of her two bedroom closets, and her closets are still filled with clothes.

So how do you get a woman to give up so many clothes?
1. Have her sit in a comfortable chair. You want her to be as relaxed as possible.
2. Stand about 4-5 feet minimum away from her.
3. Begin at one end of the closet and pull out a handful of items (5-7 pieces).
4. Show the person each item. You are looking for a quick response.
5. Ask her if it is a 'Keeper' or 'Donate?'
6. Any delay, motion toward 'Donate' pile.
7. Place the Keepers back into the closet grouping similar items.
8. Bag up the donated clothing and get it out of the home ASAP!

Here's a secret: Keep the woman from touching her clothes as you are sorting. Chances are if she touches an item, she will keep that item because of the emotional connection. Hence, you stand 4-5 feet away from her while sorting.

Ellen's closet organizing project took only 2 hours.
... yes, TWO HOURS.

From the time I walked in her door, until I dragged out the last bag to my car.

When was the last time you purged your closet?

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