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Organizing at the Charlotte Family Housing

This guest post is written by Stephanie Hunter, Channel Marketing Intern. She is one of the awesome interns that worked at Rubbermaid this summer :)

Everyone has heard the phrase ‘actions speak louder than words’, and since the start of summer the Interns have heard “organization” everywhere at Rubbermaid.  Rather than just hearing and reading about organization, the interns decided to take action and organize a volunteer event where we could actually apply Rubbermaid’s mission of bringing organization to people’s lives.

We wanted to give back by freeing space and time for what matters, to a deserving non-profit organization in our community, and we found the perfect fit: Charlotte Family Housing.  This homeless shelter cares for over 60 residents every day, yet they barely had any organizational structure- that’s where we came in.

25 Rubbermaid volunteers showed their support and helped renovate six closets at Charlotte Family Housing.  The closets we tackled were overflowing with pots, pans, linens, and various donations, so we had to create a plan before our ‘organization makeover’.

    Step 1: Empty all closets

    Step 2:  Measure space

    Step 3: Organize items in Rubbermaid Cleverstore and Roughneck Clears

    Step 4: Install FastTrack Pantry Kits

    Step 5: Label organization bins with DYMO labeler and place them logically in each closet

    Step 6: Enjoy the new organization system!

As the day came to an end, it was amazing to see the closets’ transformations.  Revealing the spaces to Nancy, Charlotte Family Housing’s Volunteer Coordinator, she could not believe her eyes.  She was so taken aback at the sight of their new closets; she had to sit down to catch her breath.  With six new closets, Nancy will now be able to spend less time searching through clutter, and focus more time on the families in need.  This event not only left Nancy full of joy, but the Rubbermaid volunteers and Interns could not wipe the smiles off their faces.  We truly were able to ‘free space and time for what matters’ at Charlotte Family Housing.

Linen Closet Before Linen Closet After

Closet 2 before Closet 2 DuringCloset 2 After
 
 
 

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One Response to Organizing at the Charlotte Family Housing

  1. Raffi Darrow August 8, 2011 at 12:10 pm #

    Now they just need to learn Extreme Couponing, and they can fill those shelves with food quickly!

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