Last Updated on December 29, 2017 by Ellen Christian
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As I declutter my home, I’m coming across a lot of clothes and accessories that I no longer want. I’m sharing these tips for donating clothes in case I’m not the only one that’s working on decluttering right now. Some of the clothes I need to donate are from before I lost weight and some are just not things that ended up looking good on me. I don’t want to throw them away and have them end up in the landfill so donating is the obvious solution.
Tips for Donating Clothes
When donating clothes, consider whether your goal is to get the clothes out of your house or whether your goal is to make money. There are places that accept donations and places that you can consign your clothes to earn money on their sale. Unless you have the very latest styles from popular designers in excellent condition, your best bet may be to donate them rather than sell them.
- Check the condition. Always make sure that your clothes are clean and in good repair. No one wants to buy clothes with stains and tears. Some donation spots may accept clothing for bulk donation as rags but do not donate clothes that aren’t in a condition that you would wear.
- Donate seasonally. Check to see what type of clothing your donation spot is accepting at the time. Not all donation spots will accept clothing that’s not in season. It’s not as likely they will sell shorts in January and they may not want to hold onto it for 5 months.
- Check to see how they distribute your donations. Some donation spots will sell your donations. Others will give them away for free. If you truly want your donation to benefit the needy, it may make the most sense to donate to a donation spot that gives them away rather than sells them.
- Keep sets together. If you have a blouse with a matching belt or a dress with a matching scarf. Keep them together so the donation spot sees this when they’re sorting clothes.
- Ask if there is a pick up service. If you have a lot of clothes you want to donate, ask if there is a pick up service. Some of the larger donation spots will stop by and get your donations.
- Remember special occasion clothes. You can donate work clothes to Dress for Success, prom dresses to The Cinderella project and wedding dresses to The Angel Gown Project. Many of these programs have limited locations so search for a similar program near you.
- Donate old eye glasses. Don’t forget that you can donate your old eye glasses to New Eyes for the Needy.
I love knowing that my donations aren’t going to the landfill and will end up helping someone. Battered women’s shelters and homeless shelters are often looking for donations as well. If you’re decluttering your home and your closets, I hope these tips for donating clothes will help you.
Ellen is a busy mom of a 22-year-old son and 27-year-old daughter. She owns 5 blogs and is addicted to social media. She believes you can feel beautiful at any age and any size. She shares healthy, realistic beauty and fashion information geared toward women over the age of 40. If you’d like to work together, email firstname.lastname@example.org to chat.