Do you have suits in your closet but no longer work in an office environment? Has your office gone business casual? Do you have formal dresses in your closet ‘just in case’? Has your daughter gone off to college but her high school prom dresses still hang in her closet?
Purge, purge, purge. It’s freeing when you get rid of things you don’t use and you will be able to enjoy the things you do use when you can easily find them in your closet.
What’s even better? You’ll be helping others.
I’m a member of the Junior League of Phoenix and recently volunteered for two amazing organizations through our Community Impact program – Dress for Sucess and Cinderella Affair.
Dress for Success
Dress for Succes collects women’s business attire for the boutique which offers women the opportunity to shop for a suit to wear for job interviews. Their mission is “to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life” – how awesome is that? It’s so important to make a great impression with employers at the interview. They currently only accept women’s clothing and request that the clothing is clean and pressed, no more than 5 years old and professional in style. They need suits, blouses, pants, blazers, scarves, professional jewelry, closed toe pumps and flats, and interview appropriate purses. Dress for Success accepts donations at their boutique in Phoenix in addition to special event clothing drives throughout the valley. Not in Phoenix? Dress for Success has chapters in many US cities – check their website to find one near you.
Run by the East Valley Women’s League, Cinderella Affair collects new or gently used evening gowns, prom dresses, dress shoes, formal handbags and costume jewelry to fill their boutique in Chandler. Any high school junior or senior can go and pick out a dress, shoes, and jewelry for their prom at no charge. I recently volunteered for one of their boutique days and it was so fulfilling to see how excited the girls were to pick out their dress. There were over 300 girls and many had come hours earlier to get a good spot in line.