Tackle it Tuesday — The Great Clothing Donation, Part 1

by Janice

Tackle it Tuesday

Finally, we are clearing out our old clothes!

While I am forced to go through our kids’ clothes due to their constantly changing sizes and the limited space in their rooms, my husband and I have procrastinated going through our old clothes. In fact, I don’t think we have done a thorough closest cleaning since we moved here ten years ago!

Sure, we have done quick sweeps and collected some items to pass on to goodwill a few times. But the depths of the drawers and the corners of our closets have gone untouched and unseen. Piles of unused clothing were waiting for us.

The other day, my husband Phil did a very impromptu tackle. All of a sudden, I looked up from my desk and he was carrying arm loads of clothes out of our room and out of the garage. (He even found my late-aunt’s fur coat which for some reason had been in our garage since she died.)

I had no chance to get before shots. This man was on a mission! And he was brutal. If he hadn’t worn it recently, it was GONE!

Here are his stacks of clothing he donated to goodwill.



Want to see something funny? We discovered this old container of cassettes from the 80s/90s.


Gotta love the old cassette car stereos! I had a “shuttle deck.” Remember those? It was the oh-so-innovative car stereo you removed every time you parked the car so someone didn’t steal it. But, really, who wants to carry their car stereo? So you just put it under the seat where any good theif would know to look!

Phil’s tackle pulled me away from my computer and I started purging my drawers and closet too. Yes, more clothing donation to come in Part 2!

What are you tackling this week? Link up show off…

Tell us what you’re up to with all your other tackles… housework and otherwise… add your link to your tackle in the MckLinky below!

Each week on Tuesday, we are posting before and after pictures of a project or trouble area that we tackled this week.

Find out more about Tackle It Tuesday here.
The project can be little or big – whatever you want.

Basically, Tackle It Tuesday is about giving ourselves incentive, deadlines and satisfaction in getting our household tasks done.

(It doesn’t even have to be housework… just whatever is on your To Do list.)

If you tackled a project this week, just add a comment and add your link below.

Here is a fun thumbnail style linky…

If the thumbnail Linky doesn’t work for you — or you prefer the old style, you can enter in the linky below.

Written by 5 Minutes for Mom co-founder Janice.
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1 It Feels Like Chaos August 31, 2010 at 12:08 am

Good for you both! I love it when my husband and I catch the “cleaning out bug” at the same time! We finally got rid of the last of our cassette tapes recently!


2 Lisa August 31, 2010 at 1:19 am

Great tackle! We need to clean out our clothes too. My tackle this week was hubby-inspired also. :)


3 Susie's Homemade August 31, 2010 at 6:31 am

Awesome tackle! Our closets are pretty small too so, I have to do this every season. But the fun part is that I get to go shopping after that!!


4 Alison August 31, 2010 at 6:56 am

I did this in the week too! being pregnant and suddenly having all my favourite jeans fall into holes I was left with what I thought was only one pair that fit and didn’t look like I’d been hit by a car whilst wearing them :) I sorted out all my clothes and ended up finding 3 more pairs of jeans that didn’t fit pre-pregnancy, but fit fine now and found out 2 out of 4 skirts fit too. I got rid of everything I’d not worn since this time last year and put away all that didn’t fit right now, being too short or tight to cover the bump. I had to shop, but now instead of spending a fortune on maternity clothes all I needed was 3 longer tops! More money left over for baby!


5 mary b August 31, 2010 at 10:14 am

Great reminder of rm e to take the 2 bags I have ready to go to Goodwill.
Now if only I could get DH to purge a little of his clothes!


6 Hayley August 31, 2010 at 10:17 am

I’m not tackling anything today except packing for a long Labor Day trip. We leave tonight. Woo hoo. But, I do the clothing donate thing once a month! I have to the way these boys grow. Goodwill loves us.


7 Tiffany August 31, 2010 at 1:14 pm

Awesome Tackle. We did that when we were moving.. One of the best times to do that… I updated my tackle post to show the finished tackle.. I am very pleased with it.


8 Sandra K321 August 31, 2010 at 2:39 pm

My brother is coming to visit this weekend so right now I’m busy cleaning for his visit. But after he’s gone, my oldest son left for college last week and I am going to be brave and tackle his room!


9 abi August 31, 2010 at 7:22 pm

thanks for the link up


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