Professional Organizer in Washington, DC is a Hoarder. Can You Help?

Many of my Facebook Fanpage followers are already aware that I’m a hoarder.  That’s right!  I’m a  professional organizer and I’m a hoarder!  Wait – don’t get the wrong idea.  I’m not living among piles of stuff like you would see on A&E TV’s hit series Hoarders, I’m only hoarding denim.  I’m collecting jeans for Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County, Maryland and I’m trying to collect 500 pairs of your used denim.

Habitat for Humanity is collecting denim for the COTTON. FROM BLUE TO GREEN® denim drive.  All donated denim will be recycled into UltraTouch™ Natural Cotton Fiber Insulation for Habitat for Humanity homes.  What I love is that UltraTouch™ contains no chemical irritants and requires no warning labels compared to other traditional products. There are no VOC concerns when using UltraTouch™, as it is safe for you and the environment.  This makes it very easy for the volunteer Habitat home builders to install the insulation.

What recycled denim insulation looks like.

So why am I trying to collect 500 pairs of jeans you ask?  It takes 500 pairs of jeans to insulate one Habitat for Humanity home.  As a professional organizer who encourages people to declutter their closet, I thought, why not turn the unwanted denim of my clients into something good.  I began telling clients and friends about my idea right before Earth Day.  I started my efforts by posting notes on Facebook, on my Twitter profile, and emailed other members of the National Association of Professional Organizers asking everyone to donate jeans and to help me spread the word.  Now I’m taking it to you, my readers.

I’ve been blessed so far with my collection efforts, but still need help to reach my goal of 500 pairs of jeans.  One client donated over 50 pairs from her family. Real Estate Agent, Hub Krack told his friends and clients and dropped off 18 pairs of jeans. At the NAPO Conference in Columbus, Ohio, 67 pairs of jeans were donated by numerous organizers attending the conference.  Professional Organizer Tanna Clark of Nashville, TN wrote a check to Habitat for Humanity for $125.00 to help cover the cost of shipping of the jeans and many others donated cash.  One of my favorite local furniture stores, Vastu is currently accepting donations of jeans on my behalf until Sunday, May 23rd.  Read more about that on their blog post, Declutter Your Denim.

Currently I have 338 pairs of jeans, but it is not enough.  Can you help spread the word?  Please announce it on your Facebook status.  ReTweet this blog post on Twitter.  Clear out your closet and donate your denim to Habitat.  Comment here about recycling efforts in your community.  Or, if you’re a fan of Habitat for Humanity, tell us why.  If you have jeans to donate, tell me how I can reach you and I’ll schedule a pick up date or you can drop them off at Vastu.

The current denim collection in my kitchen.

I will be collecting denim until I reach 500 pairs or until August 20th, which ever comes first.  Officially denim is being collected through August 20th at the following locations:

Habitat for Humanity ReStore
9100 Gaither Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20877
301-947-3304

Amicus Green Building Center
4080 Howard Avenue, Kensington, MD 20895-2465
301-571-8590

Self Storage Plus
851 E. Gude Drive, Rockville, MD 20850
301-637-2598

Learn more about the recycle process in this past blog post on denim recycling.


Scott Roewer is founder of DeClutterYou.com and SolutionsbyScott.com, a professional organization company devoted to teaching residential and business clients throughout the Washington, DC metro area, how to create and maintain organization systems, master their time management skills, and dramatically increase their productivity.

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21 Responses to “Professional Organizer in Washington, DC is a Hoarder. Can You Help?”

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  3. Alex Says:

    I’d love to donate some! Probably easiest to reach me via Twitter (@alexpriest). Let me know what’s best to get them to you!

  4. DeClutterYou Says:

    @Alex – Great, I will contact you via DM on Twitter. Thanks for the follow and the donation!

  5. elaine Says:

    Heard about you from Erin Doland. I have 1 pair of jeans. I live in Arlington. Doesn’t seem like enough to justify a trip over here, but I’m happy to give them to you. I might be able to squeeze a few pairs out of my husband, but at best we’ll get to 5 pairs. Email me if it makes sense for you to get them.

  6. DeClutterYou Says:

    @Elaine – I’ve sent you an email directly. Please squeeze your husband extra hard for me. :-) If squeezing and denim are ever used in the same sentence, it is certainly time to donate the jeans!

  7. Nick Says:

    I’ve got two or three pairs I’m happy to contribute. Live in Shaw/work downtown and am flexible.

  8. Margaret Says:

    I’d love to donate!

  9. Adam Says:

    Contact me! I’ve got a few I can donate that are luckily too large for me (or have too many holes)

  10. La T Says:

    I would love to help out. Maybe I can collect a bunch from friends and co-workers. Email me and lets see if we can work together.

  11. DeClutterYou Says:

    Thanks again everyone. I picked up jeans today from reader “Nick” and will be going to pick up jeans from reader “Margaret” & “Elaine” next week. Let me know Adam and La T when you’re ready. I emailed you both directly.

  12. Tanna Says:

    Great job Scott! Looks like you have your own insulation going on in the kitchen! :)

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    What a great way to turn a problem (hoarding) into a solution. :-) Keep it up. Just be sure to pass them on…

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    Thanks for the post. I’ve got two or three pairs I’m happy to contribute. Thanks once again.