Decluttering Craze Prompts Plea From Local Non-Profits


Your effort to declutter may be cluttering area non-profits. The hit Netflix show, Tidying Up With Marie Kondo, has many people cleaning out their closets and donating more clothes to local charities. That’s not always a good things, and local organizations are reminding people not to use them as dumping grounds. 

There’s no sort of about it; Dress for Success coordinator Kim Skrovig is always looking for a way to help someone. 

“We can definitely use a lot these,” Skrovig said. 

Skrovig spends important time sorting through piles of clothing people donate. The cost of dress clothes for work adds up, and that’s why Dress for Success uses your donations to help women succeed. Skrovig has to find what works and what doesn’t. 

“We can usually tell by the neckline or the collar if it’s been used a little too much or if it’s not clean,” Skrovig said. 

There are even more bags of good intentions to sort through lately. 

“Certainly the Marie Kondo effect has really taken ahold,” Erin Bosch, EmBe’s Executive Director of Women’s Programming, said. 

Before you let go of what you don’t need, Bosch says be mindful about what you donate. 

“If it’s not something you would wear or use necessarily, it might not be a good option to donate it,” Bosch said. 

Bosch says make sure your donations are gently-used, clean, and ready to wear. The old saying one person’s trash is another person’s treasure isn’t always true.

“If there’s things that need to be sorted we wouldn’t necessarily keep, it takes time away from volunteers from doing something else,” Bosch said. 

That said, Dress for Success needs your donations to change lives. When Skrovig reflects on why she sorts through clothes, she says finding someone else’s moment of happiness sparks all the joy in the world. 

“So, when they see that they just light up and get this confidence of, ‘like, I can do this and I feel good about this and it’s a really good thing to see,” Skrovig said. 

There are a lot of non-profits in the area, so Bosch says take the time to research what they need. That will help you know where your donations will matter the most. She also says Dress for Success doesn’t throw anything away, but will send things to other organizations where they’re a better fit. 

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