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One of Marrero’s favorite strategies is to look at the frequency of use of each item — you could be taking up some valuable closet real estate with items you’re not using.
“A” items are things that get daily use — like socks and underwear — and should be the most accessible, she says. Items in the “B” category you wear often, like general everyday shirts. They can go in drawers that are a little higher or lower.
Seasonal items such as a Christmas sweater are “C” type items and should be up on a high shelf and out of the way, Marrero says. And “D” type items are items you’re not using, but that are sentimental — think your high school letter jacket — and should be stored away.
Donate to the thrift store
Marrero, also an ambassador for Goodwill’s Donate Movement (donate.goodwill.org), says that in general, Goodwill takes gently used clothing for resale and it’s always helpful if you can bring those items in washed.
However, if you have torn, ripped or stained clothes, or used socks, for example, you can put those items in a separate bag labeled “salvage” so it will go into Goodwill’s salvage and recycling program.
And be sure to track the value of your donations for your charitable deductions come tax season.