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
Amicus Green Building Center
4080 Howard Avenue, Kensington, MD 20895-2465
Self Storage Plus
851 E. Gude Drive, Rockville, MD 20850
Learn more about the recycle process in this past blog post on denim recycling.