Removing old shoes and clothes is a great option for individuals wanting to increase space, reformat a wardrobe or reorganize a household. Often, individuals weigh options between donating clothing or tossing it.

Several factors should be noted before making the final decision. While many clothes can be donated to charities or thrift shops, others may not be suited for ownership.

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When to Toss the Clothing

Not all clothes can be donated. If clothing is riddled with mold stains, ink stains, rips, tears or musty scents, tossing the bunch may be beneficial. While many donation centers, thrift shops and charity groups will gladly accept most clothing, individuals searching for re-used clothing may stumble across un-wearable articles.

Other Options

Accepting irreparable clothing might be difficult, but understanding quality is important when making a final decision. Several options exist for those seeking an alternative home for clothing, and some may benefit both donors and recipients.

  • Old friends, neighbors and family members may benefit from old clothing
  • Several resale clothing outlets will happily take designer brands
  • Pre-storm and pre-disaster groups thrive upon spare clothing

Tips for Decision Making

When deciding between keeping or tossing clothing, or between a donation bin and a garbage bin, consider the clothing’s age, seasonal appropriateness and size.

Many consumers are surprised to learn about size changes within the industry. Simply put: Clothing changes. When considering donating old clothes or shoes, such differences should be accounted for. People are less likely to accept donated goods when they’re out of style, out of touch or out of realistic sizing brackets.

Assuming the donation bin has governed the individual’s decisions, the following factors should be noted to make the donation process accessible, simple and quick:

  • The clothing’s size
  • Any article brands
  • How regularly the article may be worn
  • Type of article
  • Brand image

Almost any article of clothing may be donated, but socks and undergarments are often best left to garbage bins. Similarly, keeping in touch with fashion items is always beneficial. While donating clothing may seem plainly charitable, its good to understand what happens after you donate your clothes as well in order to promote the most efficient reuse.