Got Jeans?? Habitat for Humanity Could Use Them!

Next Wednesday, April 21st, I will be heading to Columbus, OH for the 22nd, annual National Association of Professional Organizers Conference and Organizing Exposition, and I would like to arrive with a car FULL of jeans!

Got Jeans? Build a House!

Scott Roewer, of Solutions by Scott, has arranged to have a ‘denim drop box’ at the NAPO conference all week. Scott is seeking to collect 500 pairs of jeans, which is the number of jeans that it takes to insulate one Habitat for Humanity house.

It is spring and the weather is changing (for the better – I’m definitely a summer girl!), and it is time, once again, to do the “great exchange”. It’s time to pack away those winter duds, in exchange  for your spring and summer clothes. Most of us have way too many clothes. And most of us are much more likely to let go of some of our clothes if we know they are going to a worthy cause. Who knew there was such a worthy and practical use for your old, tattered, out of style jeans?

All the jeans collected will be shipped to California where they begin their transformation into Cotton Fiber Insulation. California-based Allen Company donates their resources to bale the denim. Next, the material is sent to JBM Fibers in Texas. JBM converts the denim back into cotton fiber. Finally, the cotton fiber will be sent to Arizona, where Bonded Logic Inc. makes it into UltraTouch Natural Cotton Fiber Insulation. It’s a lot of work for a cool product, which Habitat for Humanity will use in a new house built in New Orleans and the Gulf region.

Read more about this fascinating process and a denim drive organized last summer, right here in Montgomery County, MD, “Denim Donation Drive to Help Insulate Habitat for Humanity”.

So, my Westminster and Carroll County friends, call me, email me, swing by my house, and bring me those jeans! Or, we can arrange to meet at a convenient location.

Cheryl Osterhouse – – 410.259.1466

Let’s fill up my car, help Scott collect 500 pairs of jeans, and insulate one Habitat of Humanity house with your old jeans!

Watch for “The Great Exchange” Blog Post, in the next few days, to help you in the process of purging the old, organizing the present, and making room for the future.

Happy (and Organized) Days!


4 Responses to “Got Jeans?? Habitat for Humanity Could Use Them!”

  1. 1 Scott Roewer April 26, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    Cheryl –

    Thanks for including a post about the Denim I am collection for Habitat for Humanity. I’m excited about my goal and appreciate your help. So far, I’m just over 200 pairs of jeans and will continue collecting till August or 500 pairs, whichever comes first!

    If your readers want to donate jeans or money to cover shipping, they’re welcome to email me thru my blog, They can click on the contact us page.

    Thank you!

  2. 2 habititus May 13, 2010 at 10:11 am

    Thanks for the post about our 3rd Annual Denim Drive in Montgomery County! You can find more information about ReStore and the denim drive here:



  3. 3 Scott Roewer May 13, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    Cheryl – Just wanted to give you an update. So far, I have over 330 pairs on my way to 500. Thanks again for supporting my collecting efforts. Did you see my last blog post about a Washington, DC professional organizer who admitted to being a hoarder? You might get a chuckle out of it.

    Be well

    • 4 inorderforlife May 14, 2010 at 5:37 am

      Yes! You caught my eye, and got me reading! The joys of living in a small space……..
      Only 170 more to go. I can’t wait to hear that you have reached your goal, and one more home is being insulated with our cast off jeans. Hope it’s soon and you get your kitchen back!

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