Tips On What to Keep & What to Donate

We get it, you’ve bought and accumulated many pieces of clothing over the years, and it’s time to make room and create order in your life once again. A great way to not feel guilty about tossing your old band t-shirts and boyfriend jeans goodbye are by donating them! Believe it or not, donating old clothes is terrific for the environment. Did you know that 20 billion tons of clothes end up in landfills each year? Even worse, these items create greenhouse gases while breaking down, further negatively impacting our environment. By donating your clothes, you are helping people in need and keeping tons of clothing out of landfills! If having a positive impact on the environment isn’t your top priority, we’ve got something you for! One of the significant reasons to consider cleaning out your closet is to enjoy a stress-free life. The majority of people feel overwhelmed and unhappy with cluttered and disorganized closets. That’s why removing the clothes you no longer need can benefit your mental health. 

It’s a new year! Let us help you start it off right. We have tips on going through your closet and drawers and what to keep and donate!

Tips on Going Through Your Closet & Drawers

It’s time to get rid of the clutter for good! You’ve decided to get it done so you can enjoy the rest of the new year with an organized closet and drawers. While many people might choose to keep this off until spring cleaning, making donation piles doesn’t have to be an unnerving project. We’ve gathered some tips and tricks below to make your life as easy as possible.

Our step-by-step guide to a happier you:

  1. Schedule a time.
  2. Put all your clothes into a big pile and go through each piece by asking yourself a series of questions.
    • Do I love it? Do I wear it? Does it fit? Is it comfortable, and does it portray the image I want to project? Be honest when answering these questions, and think of how much joy these items bring you. A good rule of thumb is if you haven’t worn the item in the past 12 months, get rid of it!
  3. Start a donation and a keep pile, then go through your keep pile again. 
  4. Toss what you don’t need.
    • This includes items that are torn, worn out, or have broken zippers.

How often should you do a closet cleanout?

Cleaning out your closet once per year will keep the buildup of new clothes at bay. However, the timeline is entirely up to you. Monthly, bi-annually or even once every few years will make a tremendous difference. Once your closet and drawers are organized in their designated place, keeping them clean will be easier as you move through your daily life. 

Items you should consider keeping:

  • Items with sentimental value – you may regret throwing out your lettermen’s jacket.
  • Clothing items with high monetary value.
  • Winter blankets, bedding, and comforters.
  • Holiday-themed clothing that’s still in good condition.

It’s Time to Wear Your Favorite Clothes

So, you’ve done the dirty work and got your donation pile ready. Now it’s time to wear the clothes you’re proud of and feel comfortable in! At the end of the day, what you decide to keep, donate or toss is personal and up to you. And if worst comes to worst, you can always rent a small storage unit for your sentimental and high-value items.

What better way to wear your favorite clothes than by cleaning them first? At Anthony’s Laundry, we offer professional & self-serve laundry services to serve you throughout 2023. We’re open to supporting your family during this time, and our team is working around the clock to ensure our facility is clean, sanitized, and safe for you to visit.

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