Our society is definitely sick of over-consumerism. Most of us are guilty of it. One of the items that most of us have is more clothing than we actually need. That’s why used clothing donation turned out to be such a good idea nowadays. If you would look in half of the population’s closets nowadays, you would find pile of items that haven’t been used for six months and even one year. In a way, it is very difficult to collect all these items, put them in a bag and get rid of them once and for all. Not to mention some of the clothes are in excellent condition.
It would be a shame to dump old clothes into the bin when they could be useful to someone else. That’s why local charities, donation bins, used clothing stores or online charities exist. This kind of establishments are always open to clothing donations and oftentimes offer discount coupons with which you could buy items from other partner shops at a later date.
It is not necessary for you to limit your drop-offs only to clothing. It is good to send shoes, books and even furniture items, depending on what the donation store is accepting, and if they don’t need major repairs. However, this article is about clothing and not furniture so we will keep it to clothes.
These charity shops we are talking about are especially built to make it convenient for anyone to donate clothing. More than this, many of the charity organizations are offering you tax deduction coupons. Obviously, the tax deduction amounts are very small, but it’s up to you if you want to use them or not.
Another way to donate your clothes would be through internet websites. Many websites are offering free-of-charge delivery. You would only need to contact them and they will send you the boxes with the addresses for you to put the clothes in. Online donations are easier, as they only require you to contact the charity’s website.
In order for you to donate clothes, you must be aware of a few things. For example, when sorting the clothes, you must be sure they are not going to be used anymore. Ask family and friends if they want any of the items you have in the closet. Don’t just hurry to throw away things, as members of your family or one of your friends may want to use them. Sort out carefully and go only for the clothes you no longer want to wear. Check them carefully. The clothes don’t have to be broken or damaged. Taking damaged clothes to a charity shop is a form of disrespect. After you have checked the clothes carefully, put them in the washing machine and wash them carefully. Washed and properly cared for, take the clothes and put them in plastic bags or in boxes. This is the moment when you have to take the clothes to the charity shop. Properly arranged, the clothing is going to be sent by mail, dropped in a charity bin box, or sent via mail.
People trust charity shops like the Salvation Army and the Good Will. However, other shops are as efficient and good as these two famous ones. If they don’t have an established name, it doesn’t mean they are not going to be highly efficient in what they are meant to do.
Hoarding and having your closet full of things you are no longer using is a shame. People out there may need them. So leave the charity shops to do their jobs and you do yours, which is of selecting and preparing the clothes for being donated.