5 Hacks for Small Closets

1. Store your out-of-season clothing and get rid of the clothes that you no longer wear. A good rule to go by: if you have clothes that you haven’t worn in a year, it’s time to let go. Keep only the clothes that you feel comfortable in and that look good on you, regardless of how great they may look on the hanger. After you’ve finished your purge donate the items that you won’t keep.

2. Maximize your space by going vertical! Utilize the back of your closet and walls; hooks, shelves, a belt hanger, and an over-the-door shoe organizer are just some ideas.

3. Use shower hooks to hang scarves. Or, if you don’t like the idea of hanging shower hooks in your closet you can try one of these other DIY ideas.

4.Upcycle soda cans to hang more clothes. Bonus: this trick allows you to hang entire outfits, which will save you time in the morning!

5. Install an extra rod and use that for shorter items, such as skirts and shirts. Here’s a tutorial to help you out: Double Your Closet Space.

For more ideas check out the Pinterest board we created for you!

The Closet Trick You Need to Know

Follow these 3 simple steps and you’ll never waste another morning searching for your favorite top:

Step 1:  Turn all of your hangers backwards, this will mean that the hooks will be facing you.Each time you grab a piece of clothing turn the hanger the opposite way.

Step 2:  Let six months go by and reevaluate your closet. Are some hangers still backwards? Schedule a pick-up and donate those items because they’re just taking up space.

Step 3: Of course, it’s possible that some items aren’t seasonably appropriate and in that case wait another six months and then follow the steps again.

How do you keep your closet in order? Visit us on Facebook and share your tricks with us!

Photo Credit, David Niblack,  Imagebase.net.

4 Smart Ways to Upcycle

According to the website Hipcycle,  “upcycling is the process of converting old or discarded materials into something useful and often beautiful.” For example, one pretty common upcycling project is to turn an old pair of jeans into a pair of shorts, but people are doing far more creative things than that, just take a look at these four projects:

1. Pillowcase Garment Bags from Better Homes and Gardens; with just a little effort you can turn an old pillowcase into something that will protect your clothes. This is an easy DIY project and just about anyone can do it, even those who lack the craft gene.

2. Upcycled Folding Chairs from Punk Projects. If you have old folding chairs you no longer use, this is a great way to repurpose them. This is also a good idea if you have a small space and need more seating when visitors stop by; if you don’t happen to have any folding chairs lying around, you can often find them at garage sales and second hand shops.

3. Upcycled Dresser Drawers from Babble. There are several great ideas provided, but pay special attention to the “sandwich station” because it offers a solution for storing essential kitchen items, including rubber bands, saran wrap, paper towels, and zip lock bags.

4. Flower Vase from Could I Have That. With this project you truly will turn garbage into something beautiful. Rather than throwing out your old coffee containers repurpose them with some chrome spray paint and then use them to show off fresh flowers!

Which upcycling project will you try first?

For more ideas check out the upcycling boards on Pinterest and if you aren’t a DIY kinda person you can always schedule a pick-up and donate your old items so that others can reuse them.


VVA Pickup Testimonials

  • “I cannot begin to tell you how much my wife and I enjoying donating clothing and other goods to the VVA. The VVA is always professional and responsive.”
    -Craig W.
  • “Thank you so much for helping me clear out some things. What a great organization and so prompt!” -Laurie C.
  • “I’m getting ready for my second or third donation of very nice clothing and household items. Thank you for mailing me the post cards and bags. Without paying attention to the first one – I never would have heard of you! I’m glad to have found you and will continue to provide things whenever possible.”
    -Marcia Clevenger W.
  • “My favorite organization. I donate at least $1, 000.00 worth of clothes, etc. to them at least 2 times a year!” -Rose Marie Anello C.
  • “Just wanted to say thank you for how easy you make it to donate. I previously contacted another organization that involved an email submission, phone tag, and then a one month wait for a pick-up. I got your flyer and it was as easy as clicking online. Wonderful! Thanks so much for making it easy and for the great work you do!” -Erin K.

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The Smart Way to Use Old Magazines

Are old magazines starting to pile up in your home? Rather than just tossing them out, take them to the gym! Your fellow gym-goers will love the new reading material and you’ll score a workout, plus more space in your home.

If books have become a problem too, just put them in a box and schedule a pick-up!