We are one week away from Spring and I am so looking forward to it! As the warmer weather approaches us, what better time to do a little Spring cleaning! I’ve been busy packing for my upcoming trip to London and realized I have too much stuff and a lot of it I don’t even wear. What better way to donate these gently used items to a nice charity!
As I am going through stuff to donate, I have two general rules I always like to follow. These rules help me stay focused and help prevent me from keeping too many things.
Rule #1: Does the clothing make my skin itch?
Certain material’s like polyester make my skin itch. My elbows sometimes break out to into dry red patches of itchy skin. Almost all clothes have polyester so it’s hard to stay away from it but going forward I am going to do my best. I’ve just especially noticed this struggle this time of year with sweaters. I have sensitive skin so I have to be careful what clothes I buy and put on.
Rule #2: Have I worn it within the last year?
If I haven’t worn the item in over a year then yes, it’s time to donate it. Unless of course the item is a wardrobe staple, interview outfit or fancy dress then I’ll keep it. Some clothes I just avoid wearing in my closet. Either they don’t fit right or feel right. Or I have no place to wear them too.
Once I’ve gone through my closet and dresser drawers and have a nice pile of clothes and accessories to donate, I’ll then decide where I want to donate them.
If you’re like me and are too lazy to drop your donation off somewhere, I have come up with a list of nationwide charities that will pick up your donations at your door.
The following charities allow you to schedule a donation pickup online:
- American Red Cross Clothing Drive – helps victims of natural disasters (Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Ike)
- Vietnam Veterans of America – supports veterans returning home after serving.
- The Salvation Army – supports the adult rehab centers.
- Big Brother Big Sister Foundation – pairs at-risk kids with adult mentors.
The charity I have chosen to donate to this year is the American Red Cross. In the past, I have donated to Salvation Army and Goodwill Stores, along with Soles4Soules. It’s an excellent time to do some Spring cleaning and donate to people in need. I hope this inspires you to donate some of your clothing and accessories. As I like to say, out with the old and in with the new.
Where do you donate to? Share in the comments below.