Charitable Closet Cleaning

A couple weeks ago, Lauren Conrad wrote a post, “Operation Organize: Charitable Closet Cleaning,” that prompted me to finally tackle the pile of unused clothing that has been sitting in front of my closet for about two months.

Snapshot of the pile of clothing I no longer use.

I have a few pairs of sneakers that I don’t wear since
getting my dance fitness sneakers for zumba.

Conrad suggested that we should make targeted charitable donations with our unused items.  For example, she recommended that shoe donations be given to Soles4Souls, a shoe charity that recycles shoes for people in need.

So, I took a closer look at all the items that I had set aside for donation and realized that the items fell into three broad categories: work clothing, casual clothing, and shoes.  I’ve decided then to direct my donations as follows:

  1. Work clothing:  Connections to Success (Organization over Dress for Success in St. Louis.)
  2. Casual clothing:  Goodwill
  3. Shoes:  Soles4Souls

Bonus:  I have about 5 magazine subscriptions that I receive for free that are creating another kind of pile.  So, I made some calls and found an organization, Horizon Club, that collects them in downtown St. Louis.  So, I am taking a few stacks over there today.

P.S. In the past, I was a strong advocate for salvaging value by selling unused items to resale shops.  Unless an item is extremely vaulable (and in those instances, I sell on eBay), I no longer do that because the payoff is so little that it doesn’t make $ense. 

Want to learn more about my downsized closet space and how I’ve organized it?  See Organizing a Small Closet on a Budget.

What are you doing with the items in your closets that never get worn?


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  1. November 2, 2011 / 3:08 am

    Yes I have bins in my living room of clothes that I need to giveaway. They sit there because I let my friends go through them first…haha
    Shasie of Live Life in Style

  2. November 2, 2011 / 4:50 pm

    @Shasie: What a cool friend you are! I need to find a clothe swapping crew here in STL.

  3. MWest
    January 20, 2012 / 6:44 am

    This is a truly wonderful idea. Profiting from clothes or personal items can sure take a back seat when we talk about giving and sharing to charity. As one who works for a closets Bergen company, I believe this is a great opportunity for all of us to open our cabinets and closets and start sharing!