The seasons are changing. How can you herald the new year while helping out your community?
Local clothing donations are a wonderful place to start, particularly if you’re noticing some clutter in your closet and considering an early spring cleaning session. Your ill-fitting or unwanted clothes don’t have to end up in a landfill somewhere, clogging up the environment and contributing to worse air quality. They can instead by recycled back into the economy or sent to any number of non-profit organizations to stimulate job growth and just offer people an affordable means of buying clothes. How do you know which clothes to send and which ones to keep? These tips may just help.
Have You Worn This Clothing In Six Months Or Less?
An easy rule of thumb to follow when it comes to cleaning out your closet and contributing to local clothing donations is asking honest questions about your personal fashion habits. If you live in a one to two season climate and haven’t worn a particular item of clothing in six months or less? It’s time to throw it out. The year 2006 was one of the most successful for recycling ventures, seeing over two billion pounds of fabric kept from landfills thanks to local clothing donations. Could you be part of the change? Let’s keep looking at what clothing donations can do for you and others.
Are These Clothes Gently Used?
Another question to ask yourself before investing in a clothing drop off is whether or not your unwanted items are meeting standards. ‘Gently used’ is a term used to encourage discretion on behalf of well-meaning people concerning their donations. Your clothes don’t have to be sparkling, but they should be free of tears, burns or scratches. It’s estimated Americans will still send 10 million tons of clothing to landfills on a yearly basis, meaning these questions will go a long way in helping you help others.
Do You Want To Buy Some New Items?
A major reason people love local clothing donations is because of the give and take nature. If you want to buy new clothes, it stands to reason you need to free up your closet for some space. Americans will collectively recycle or donate just 15% of their used clothing, meaning there is still a lot of room for improvement on this front. An estimated 45% of recycled clothing is worn as secondhand. If you could use a new pair of shoes or are wondering if another sweater could complete your favorite looks, clothing drop off locations have you literally covered.
Could Your Taxes Use A Break?
A lesser-known benefit to charity clothing donations is the tax write-off. Yes, even your taxes can experience some relief once it’s time for spring cleaning. The IRS will require a qualified appraisal to be submitted alongside your tax return, such as a receipt or application, and the deduction needs to be at least $250 to be written off. Men’s overcoats and suits are often in high demand and can be worth up to $60 as a tax write-off. Spreading the word is as easy as bringing up these benefits in casual conversation or on a Facebook post.
Is Your Community In Need Of A Little Help?
There are many ways you can spread some positive change with very little effort. Donation pick up services can drop by your home and pick up any bags or boxes of gently used clothing to take back to the store, making it easier than ever to donate while dealing with a busy schedule. A recent study found the vast majority of social media users at 70% stating they would take action in response to a post concerning charitable giving. The average American will buy twice as many pieces of clothing than 20 years ago, so if you’re looking for donations that will go a long way? Digging around in your closet is a fantastic launch pad for progress.
How will you make 2018 a year of positive change?