How To Donate Clothes To Goodwill

Whether the annual spring cleaning season has arrived or it's just time to move out, knowing how to donate clothes to Goodwill can clear out the piles of clothes you just don't know what else to do with. When you don't know what to do with your favorite old pair of jeans (that aged better than your waistline), or that stack of houndstooth dress shirts from a distant relative, don't just throw it all in the garbage. Vintage style seekers and lower-class families alike rely on thrift shops like Goodwill. Recycle your old threads to Goodwill, and you might end up making someone else's day.

What you will need:

  • Old clothes in decent condition
  • Trash bags (or something disposable to store your clothes)
  1. Visit Goodwill's website. The website is a handy resource of information outlining the donation guidelines, as well as a Goodwill locator.
  2. Click the green "Donate" button. This will take you to a page with facts and statistics about Goodwill donations, such as the company's charity information. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click the "donation guidelines" link.
  3. Browse the company's donation acceptance guidelines. The page offers a brief few pointers about what makes an acceptable donation. With regard to clothes, all you need to remember is the following: wash and dry your clothes before donating; and do not donate soiled or badly ripped/hole-ridden clothing.
  4. Click the link that reads "your nearest donation center," and enter your zip code into the indicated box on the Goodwill Locator page. This will bring up a portion of Google Maps with nearby Goodwill locations indicated by small Goodwill logos. You can click any of these logos once to bring up a small bubble of information, including a website, operating hours, phone number and list of services the center provides. For now, though, let's narrow the results to find locations that offer donation services.
  5. Click the button next to the thumbs-up icon for "Donation Center." This will adjust the map to only show locations which take donations. Determine a nearby location that works for you, and—if necessary—look up directions to the center using Google Maps.
  6. If your clothes are dirty or have sat in a dusty attic for months, give them a courtesy wash and dry for the next person who wears them. This isn't absolutely necessary if the clothes don't have any obvious odors or stains, but it's a solid neighborly gesture to remove the musty smell of an attic or an old drawer before donating.
  7. Fold and bag up your clothes. Don't turn in a big wad of wrinkly nonsense. Take a few minutes to fold your clothes up nicely, and stack them in a sturdy trash bag.
  8. Head to Goodwill and drop off your old clothes. If the center is closed, DO NOT just leave your clothes at the front door. If they're closed, just double-check their hours, and return at another time that's convenient for you. Your clothes aren't going to rot in the meantime. Now you can breathe a sigh of relief at the fresh new space you've opened up in your house or apartment—and all without throwing everything in the trash!
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