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Ideas for Recycling Items from Your Closet

Many of us have tons of unused items taking up space in our bedroom and hallway closets. Everyone knows what a pain it is trying to locate that certain item when the closet is stuffed beyond usefulness. Alleviate some of the stress in your life, keep the landfill from filling up, and help others with your castoffs. Not many garage sales make money selling small toys, books, bedding or clothing, so why not try these recycling ideas?

Tennis shoes

www.NikeReuseAShoe.com uses ground up old tennis shoes to resurface basketball courts. Ask your neighbors if they want to add to your package. Just visit the site and follow the directions.

Wire hangers

Thrift shops can use those hangers to display items for resale

Women's shelters can always use your old wire hangers for the clothing that they receive as donations for women looking for work because of their economic or family situations.

Bedding

Mismatched sheets and comforters, even torn, can be used at your local pet shelter or Humane Society for animals awaiting adoption or return to their owners.

Blankets, toys, stuffed animals and books

www.ProjectNightNight.org provides a blanket, stuffed animal, and age-appropriate book for children at Battered Women and Family Advocacy centers in Dallas, Austin, Round Rock, McKinney, and Houston, Texas. There are probably shelters in your area that do the same.

Coats, Dresses, and Suits

www.DressforSuccess.org provides free dress suits for women re-entering the job market. Visit their site and see how you your gently-used work dresses and dress suits can help a woman get back on her feet to support herself and her children.

Old bridesmaid, prom dresses, and shoes that will never fit again

These groups bring in girls that have no way to attend their prom because of economic issues in their homes – single moms or dads with limited incomes that want their children to be able to experience the excitement of prom night.

Half cans of paint, curtain rods, and buckets

www.HabitatforHumanity.org accepts donations and volunteers will usually pick them up right off your front porch.

Items you don’t think you can sell because they are missing parts

www.FreeCycle.org has tons of groups through Yahoo! that help keep the landfills from getting full as fast. Just post your offer and let folks come pick it up – it’s gone forever, and your closet is more useful.

No matter where you donate your items, at least you will have your closet back, and will have made a difference in your corner of the world. Feel good about your space...and yourself!

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Comments (2)

I would have never thought of Habitat for Humanity to pick up items like that. Very interesting.

Thanks for the useful information and links. :)

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