Put all of your clothes on hangers, and have the hangers face the wrong way. After you’ve worn the item, put it back the way you normally would hang it. After a month, if something is still hanging the wrong way, it’s time to donate it.
Consider whether or not your piece fits into what you wear on a regular basis. Our style and bodies constantly change, and while that change may bring mixed feelings, consider wearing clothes that make you feel great about yourself.
For every new item you bring into your closet, try to donate another that is similar or in the same category that no longer brings you the same amount of confidence as the old one.
Clothing you donate to the American Red Cross benefits victims of natural disasters. You can schedule a pickup online through the American Red Cross Clothing Drive website.
Your donations go toward stocking Salvation Army family stores, and proceeds from these stores help fund the Salvation Army’s adult rehabilitation centers. You can find a drop-off point or schedule a pickup online through the Salvation Army donation website.
The Big Brother Big Sister Foundation pairs at-risk kids with adult mentors. Your donations go to the foundation’s resale stores, and up to 100% of the proceeds benefit the charity. You can schedule a pickup online through the Big Brother Big Sister Foundation website.
Goodwill provides community outreach for low-income families and individuals. Goodwill has a resale shop, and the proceeds benefit the charity. You can find a local donation site on the Goodwill website.
Most churches accept many different types of donations, including clothing. Often, the clothing is given to other church members. Contact local churches in your area for more information.
Community outreach centers often accept clothing donations, and any clothing you donate will be given to a needy family in your area.
The main goal of a homeless shelter or mission is to provide people with a safe place to stay, but many shelters also accept clothing donations. These shelters accept all kinds of clothing, but have a serious need for coats and warm blankets during the cold winter months.
While some second hand thrift stores are for-profit, you can still do some good in your community by donating your unwanted clothes. Thrift stores resell clothing at rock-bottom prices, which are affordable to low-income families.