Americans are known as being master consumers. In a time when many in the U.S. are still caught up in buying the items that are on sale, even when they are not needed, a growing number of concerned citizens are moving away from simply focusing on themselves and instead helping families in need.
- Clothes are obviously the first thing that people thing of when they think of making donations to charity. The decision to get rid of the gently used items that you know longer wear is a step toward helping those who are in need.
- Learning to get rid of things sooner rather than later is always in your best interest. When you make the decision to live a life full of clutter you find yourself constantly sorting and reorganizing. The decision to donate the items you do not use is the decision to make your life more easy to manage and more fulfilling.
- Everything that is in your house can be useful to both you and to someone else. When you make the decision to purchase a new tool, for instance, consider donating the older one.
- A 30 minute trip through the house can help you
- Never bring something new into your house without taking something else out.
- One way to make sure that you are donating things to those in need is to spend time volunteering in places with people in need. Understanding the needs of others can help you move into a more caring attitude.
- Until you find a way to emotionally separate yourself from the unused items you have you will find it difficult to make charitable donations and switch to the habit of helping families in need.
- Today, consumers are in the habit of buying far more than what they really need. It takes restraint to make sure that you only purchase what you will use.
- You can tell if you have too many clothes in your closet and drawers if you are constantly searching for what you need. Keeping only the quality items that you need and donating the rest to veterans charities and helping families in need will help you make a positive contribution to society.
- One reason that you should donate the clothes that you are not using is that in addition to helping others, you can also take a tax write off for your donated items.
- Using an item makes it valuable. Keeping things when they are no longer useful to you leads to a life of clutter and chaos.
- Right now, challenge yourself. Take an empty shopping bag or small tub and see how long it takes you to fill it with items that you no longer use.
- Cleaning out your clothing can help you feel more relaxed every morning when you walk into your closet to start your day.
- Leaving the clothes in your closet on hangers that are hung backwards is one way to keep track of how many of your clothes you wear. After six months the hangers that remain backwards are clothes that are not worn and can be used donated to charity.
- Once you clean out your closets of unworn clothes, challenge yourself to no longer the purchase more than you need.
- Several charitable organizations offer to pick up the items that you want to donate. Gathering a box of things that you intend to donate and then never following through serves no purpose. Take advantage of the organizations that provide pick up services.
- Every time you walk into your closet or open a drawer pick three things that you will either use as clothing donations or decide to throw away. Before you know it, that crowded clost and drawer that will barely close will be manageable and you will have the benefit of helping families in need.
- Take time to reevaluate your life. The decision to declutter your life and give away the things that you no longer use.
As Americans reevaluate their priorities, an estimated 80% of their donated clothing is used by charitable organizations for donation to the needy, and for funding. Are you one of the Americans purchasing ten pounds of previously used clothing each year? More importantly, what do you do with those clothes when you no longer wear them?