A little goes a long way
Purge a little at a time. Purging a closet is a huge all-day endeavour, but it often makes more sense to do a little at a time. Keep a Goodwill donation bag in your closet or bedroom, and add items here and there as you discover clothing that doesn’t fit or has gotten worn out.
If it doesn’t fit, you can’t wear it
It rarely makes sense to keep something that physically doesn’t fit you — even if you love it. Put it in a pile to donate, and imagine how much joy the next person will get from that item.
New season = new chances
When the weather warms up or cools down, it’s a great opportunity to think about what you’ve worn — and what you haven’t. If you didn’t wear it last winter, you probably won’t wear it next winter.
Use the “plus one, minus one” method
Fab new pants? Great! But only put them in the closet after removing a pair that’s collecting dust.
Subtract one old item for every new item you purchase. If you spend an afternoon shopping and come home with five new things, spend some time reviewing your closet. Remove five older things you’re no longer wearing.
Think of how much you can keep out of the landfill by gifting your giveaways to a good cause.
Don’t be worried your castaways aren’t good enough for Goodwill. Will they really want this stained old t-shirt? Or this single sock? The answer is yes!
Your smelly socks and stained clothing provide jobs and can be recycled or reused. Never throw away clothing to a landfill.
Last year, Goodwill kept more than 53 million pounds of useful goods out of landfills. In addition to helping the planet, those donations also help fund job training and educational programs.