Spring Cleaning is typically the time of year folks go through their closets and weed out clothing they no longer want to keep. With good intentions, they would like to donate the castoffs for others to use. A very noble thought indeed and I wholeheartedly believe in passing things on to the next person. HOWEVER…NOBODY WANTS TO ACQUIRE CLOTHING THAT IS DAMAGED. Here is a list of things to check for that would render a garment unsuitable for donation. Use this ILLUSTRATED checklist to determine what should go in the trash or clothing recycling depository bin. Also, consider this reference for clothing swaps.
THROW OUT ITEMS WITH
- oil stains
- bleach damage
Other things to check for making an item unsuitable for donation:
- broken zippers or zippers that won’t stay up
- faded decals or lettering
- fallen seams,
- frayed cuffs or collars
- split crotch
- missing buttons
- “ring around the collar”,
- yellowed armpits
- odors (mildew/mold). This is common when items have been stored in a basement, attic, garage, or machsan
- elastic that won’t stretch or has dried out
- broken or stinky shoes
- missing sequins, adornments, beads, etc.
If you are doing the sorting on your own then kindly refer to the list above. Don’t worry about the unknown “somebody” who “might” want an item because they “won’t notice” the imperfection or someone “could use XYZ item for their Purim costume”. In reality, they won’t want it for a Purim costume and their imperfection will be noticed. Be kind and respectful of the time second-hand and consignment shop establishments take to sort through the giveaways.
Happy sorting and thanks for reading.
Karen, The Klutter Koach
March 17, 2019