When going through your closet to give to your local Goodwill or Salvation Army, do a few extra things to make sure your donation is actually welcome and not a burden. Give everything a wash in a fragrance-free detergent and try to spot-treat stains. While the charities do wash items for sale, giving clean garments is a courteous thing to help volunteers sort through your donation. Avoid donating sheets and towels unless they are in almost perfect condition; instead, ask a local animal shelter if they'd like them. And give what's in season: A thick wool sweater given in July will likely be tossed into the trash.
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