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WebWise: Renew, Reuse, Recycle

Click to read the WebWise ArchivesClean your closets and renew your post-holiday spirits by repairing, reusing or recycling the old. Whether you give a "facelift" to vintage clothing, give to others in need or give yourself a little cash to tide you over from holiday spending, we've got some tips to get you moving toward a renewed you.

There's more to inner renewal (for both you and your house) than just bagging your old stuff and dumping it in the nearest Goodwill bin. Let's focus on the most dreaded clutter - clothing. Start by making three piles: Keep, Maybe, and Toss.

Naturally, you'll have plenty of keepers. To keep them in tip-top shape, browse the caring for clothing articles on About.com's frugal living site. Learn how to care for different fabrics, how to get the most from your clothes and how to make shoes and boots last longer.

Look closely at each item in your "Maybe" pile. Is it something you'd wear again? If the garment only needs a new button or a seam repair, consider making the simple fixes. Ehow.com shows you how. If the item needs more attention, scan The Ohio State University Extension's fact sheet for tips on how to recycle clothing using more advanced sewing skills.

Now for the "Toss" pile. Before you give the clothes away, ask yourself, would I hand this down to a family member? If not, don't put it in the charity bag. If you've got a dress for success women's outfit, consider giving it to DressforSuccess.org, a non-profit that helps low-income women succeed. Old coats? Try OneWarmCoat.org. Used tennies? Nike accepts all brands in their Reuse-A-Shoe program. For drop off locations, click on over to NikeReuseaShoe.com.

Some other clothing options: list special giveaway items or even bulk unwanted clothing on Freecycle.org. Need quick cash? Consider selling used or vintage clothes in good condition on Craigslist.com or Ebay.com.

Happy renewing!
 

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