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Monday, June 4, 2018

When is the best time to donate your clothes?

If you’re wondering where you should donate your clothes, take a look at Charity Navigator’s Guide to Giving the Gift of Warmth or our post about where your clothing goes after you drop it off.

But beyond just figuring out where to give your clothing, considering when is also a question that many people face when attempting to go through their items during a spring cleaning. If you’re me, you’ve gone through your closet three times already this season -- there ain’t no party like a spring cleaning party, ‘cause a spring cleaning party happens all year round.


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(My inner Leslie Knope seems to help with my cleaning habits, as well). 

One key thing to remember is that depending on where you live and what season you’re in, the clothes you donate are going to be put to more, or less, use. If you’re donating spring season clothing right before spring or fall start, then organizations will be able to give these clothes new homes sooner than, say, donating your parka in July.

Along the way of multiple massive apartment-cleanings a year, I’ve learned some key tips and tricks that are sure to help you decide, “Am I ready to get rid of these clothes yet?”


  1. The Hanger Technique: While not necessarily a Marie-Kondo-approved method for tidying up, the hanger technique is an excellent place to start when trying to let go of all of the clothes that are *so cute* but you’re not wearing. Put all of your clothes on hangers, and have the hangers face the “wrong way” (as in, with the open space of the hanger facing you). After you’ve worn the item, put the piece back the way you normally would, with the long end of the hanger facing you.
  2. Does it fit your wardrobe style, your lifestyle, or your size? While some of these are a bit more personal than others, consider whether or not your piece fits into what you wear on a regular basis -- are you more active and that floor length beach dress is just getting in the way? Our bodies also constantly change, and while that change may bring mixed feelings, consider wearing clothes that make you feel great about yourself.
  3. You haven’t work it in a year. My tip here is that if it’s at the bottom of your dresser at the end of the year, donate it! If I didn’t love the item enough to wear it once in a year, the likelihood that I’ll wear it the next year is very slim.
  4. If you had the option to buy the item again right now, would you? If the answer is no, then consider giving the item away. If you don’t love it, donate it!
  5. Buy one, lose one: 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.


And just as a final tip, make sure you aren’t donating any wet, moldy, or contaminated items. If you’re getting rid of your clothing for those reasons, other people aren’t going to want to wear them either.

Written by: Sara Nason, Marketing Manager

1 comment:

Luckynlove said...

A good reminder - thanks!