Spring Cleaning: The Essential Guide To Donating Clothing

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Spring is upon us and that means it’s just about time for all that lovely spring cleaning! (We know you’re excited.) Keeping our homes organized and clutter-free is essential to our well-being. One Princeton study concluded that a cluttered, messy environment does indeed clutter our minds and make it harder to focus.

On the flip side of “cleaning house” is a lot of waste. Americans toss nearly 70 pounds of clothing every year. The scarier fact is that 99% of all clothing is recyclable! That’s A LOT of material going to waste that could otherwise be composted or donated to those who need it.

There are numerous national and local non-profits that could really use your unwanted clothing to benefit worthy causes. Non-profits like Dress For Success, Donate My Dress, Bottomless Closet, and Career Gear provide guidance and accept used clothing to help prepare underprivileged people for job interviews and successful careers.

Other social impact sites like Fashion Project donate a portion of proceeds to specific charities and causes. In addition to doing good with your donations, you can also get a tax break of up to $500 for your donations each year. It’s a win-win for everyone!

So, before your toss that unwanted clothing, consider all the great benefits of donating first. Here’s everything you need to know about donating clothing in one handy infographic, courtesy of Alight:

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