Closet Contest Nets Tons of Clutter for Charity

Professional Organizer, Karen Sencich (right) congratulates the winner of the $2,000 grand prize, Brampton resident Mary-Ann Madarash (pictured on left). She will receive a closet makeover complete with organizing products along with a new wardrobe.

The customers and merchants of Shoppers World Brampton provided an overwhelming response to the recent clothing drive and Clear Out Your Closet contest co-sponsored by Shoppers World Brampton and Professional Organizer Karen Sencich. Bags of gently used clothing donations began arriving even before the official opening of the contest in support of The Canadian Diabetes Association's Clothesline® spring 'sew' the seeds of hope program.

One anonymous participant shared her motivation for clearing out her closet. She had lost 31 pounds and several dress sizes on a weight loss program and had kept it off for over a year. When she read about the promotion she was inspired to donate 90% of her wardrobe, including business suits, so that she and her husband would have more closet space.

The contest garnered considerable attention from both local and national media with television crews visiting from both Rogers Cable TV and the Real Life show on the CTS network filming two information segments.

Jane Crawford, Operations Manager for the Peel Clothesline® Program called the community initiative "a phenomenal effort that garnered over 2 tons of donated clothing during the two week clothing drive."

Clayton Claveau, Associate, Marketing & Communications for The Canadian Diabetes Association would like to thank all of the generous donors in Brampton for helping to make a difference in the lives of the 8.5 million Canadians living with or at risk of diabetes. 

The Clothesline® program is actively seeking donation box hosts in Peel region. To learn more about hosting a donation box or to schedule a free pick-up of clothing and small household items right from your door, contact Clothesline® at 1-800-505-5525 or log on at


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Hints for Handling Your Gift List

How do you handle your holiday wish lists? Sometimes the simplest hints are the best. For years I have been using the same easy to implement method.

  • I purchase the tiniest address book I can find and assign one page for each person on my guest list.
  • I record their sizes, colour and style preferences.
  • I include family members, friends, hairdresser and all service providers.
  • I keep the list inside my wallet so it can quickly and easily be updated.
  • Information for stocking gifts is also recorded.
  • I can frequently review what I have purchased to keep my budget on track.
  • As I wrap gifts I check them off!
  • If certain gifts need to be hidden I record where they were put.
  • I also list ideas and purchases of hostess gifts to keep on hand.

There are many benefits to this system. It is lightweight and portable, but most importantly since I keep the lists year after year, it helps me to prevent repeating gift ideas. Who wants to get a sweater or tie year after year?


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