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how to donate clothing in two easy steps

Do you ever pick up a shirt, think I really don't like how I look in this and then put it right back in your closet? What if I told you there was an easy fix? See below for how to counteract this habit and create a bag of donations in the process!

Often when I’m working with a client and we’re going through clothing, they will pick up a shirt, say they don’t really like it and then put it in the keep pile. STOP, GO BACK! I yell! (Ok, maybe I don’t yell).Why did you keep a shirt you don’t like? I ask. I don’t know… is the most common response.

The actual answer is that it’s just easier to not think about it. You’re used to just putting something away because there’s nowhere else for it to go. But what if there was a bag for that shirt to drop easily into at the bottom of your closet? And what if that bag stayed there until it was full? We’ll get to what to do with it but stay with me for a moment. Next time you pick up a piece of clothing, check out your face in a mirror, what was your instant reaction to it? If your reaction is no, and it’s actually always no with this piece, DON’T PUT IT BACK IN THE CLOSET. Your donation bag should be sitting right there on the floor, throw it in.

     But what if the donation place doesn’t want my stuff? You ask. Usually they do and especially when it comes to donating clothing, err on the side of giving.

     When the bag is full, Google ‘Donation Places Near Me.’ There are a ton of options and if you live in a big city there’s usually something within a 20-block range. You could go with stores like Goodwill, Housing Works and Salvation Army or food pantries (ask before but they usually take clothing), churches, etc. Then get yourself there! Oh, and do yourself a favor and make this task time-bound – I will drop off my donations by November 1st. Bonus, if you have a session coming up with me, I’ll take the donations for you!

     When you get home, put a new bag down and start again. YOU CAN DO IT!

Try my tips and tricks above and let me know how it goes! You can email me at and follow me on Instagram @toritheorganizer.


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