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Pay It Forward

Martha Stewart Living, January 2009

A basket on the floor of the closet collects clothing donations for a local charity and is a reminder to donate regularly.

Comments (20)

  • 31 Mar, 2009

    It would be helpful if the area that the tip refers to could be highlighted, or marked in someway. This is especially important whe the same pictuure is used all week. Thank you.

  • 31 Mar, 2009

    In our city, London, Ont., we have an organization that takes in clothes for those that are entering (ore re-entering) the work force. Whether they are new to the country, on social assistance, students (really anyone) that needs a new 'first interview' outfilt. (You actually are allowed to take two full - head to toe accessoriecs - outfits). Many people do not want to donate their 'good work' clothes and either store them or keep them. This is a good way to 'pay it forward'.

  • 30 Mar, 2009

    I've been doing this for the last couple of years and it's changed my life, really. My local Goodwill has a drive thru and they accept the most insignificant stuff gladly that would normally get tossed it's almost like recycling. The things they can't sell they put in lots and industrial companies or resellers from Mexico bid on them. I would put a cracker jack prize in the Goodwill bag. I also give them clothes, shoes, etc. but my house has WAY less clutter and I don't feel guilty!

  • 30 Mar, 2009

    This is a great idea which I already do - but instead of a basket, I use large, handled shopping bags. That way, they are easy to take out of the closet and load straight into the car. And, I don't throw away the bags wastefully.

  • 30 Mar, 2009

    This is a great idea which I already do - but instead of a basket, I use large, handled shopping bags. That way, they are easy to take out of the closet and load straight into the car. And, I don't throw away the bags wastefully.

  • 30 Mar, 2009

    It's all about giving to others when we are able, isn't it? How we organise our goods in preparation for sharing, is irrelevent, really, as long as we make the effort.

  • 30 Mar, 2009

    It's all about giving to others when we are able, isn't it? How we organise our goods in preparation for sharing, is irrelevent, really, as long as we make the effort.

  • 30 Mar, 2009

    The basket stowed under my bed is for giving. I do give a lot, I work in school that has 30% of the families on welfare and I see give lots of my pay, goods and time , even before these tough times. I understood the message, Thanks anyway, Just a general comment that some of these pictures don't show what we are suppose to see, which makes it hard.

  • 30 Mar, 2009

    The basket stowed under my bed is for giving. I do give a lot, I work in school that has 30% of the families on welfare and I see give lots of my pay, goods and time , even before these tough times. I understood the message, Thanks anyway, Just a general comment that some of these pictures don't show what we are suppose to see, which makes it hard.

  • 30 Mar, 2009

    Good tip - I keep an old laundry basket in the corn of my walk-in closet. I pass my son's clothes to a friend with a younger child.

  • 30 Mar, 2009

    For me, the point of this tip was to make giving to others a part of our regular routine. A box in our closet or other location in our home to collect unused items to donate was the message of this "Pay It Forward" tip and I appreciate it. We all need to be reminded to be generous -- especially these days. I may not have room in my closet for a baket but I definately have room in my heart to give to others.

  • 30 Mar, 2009

    Hey where is the box in this photo, am I missing it? Listen my closet is so small, I like the idea of stowing one under the bed.

  • 30 Mar, 2009

    I use a paper bag from the grocery store to collect donations - so I don't have to repack them before giving them away. And I keep the bags on the floor of the guest closet by the front door. They are ready to put out the night before the pick up and everyone knows where they are- no need to go to each teens room to pick up what they no long wear.

  • 30 Mar, 2009

    I have a donation box, to save time, in my laundry room. Then the clothes are clean and folded when I deliver them. I take it in once a month. We have a free store in town that loves the donations. I have a box in the basement for the kids toys and books also. They love to fill it, but I check it before I give it away! Kids are learning.

  • 30 Mar, 2009

    now, giving to charities is good and all, but i am going to try to sell my clothes first at a yard sale. i don't care how 'hick' it is, i need the money. and btw, this is a really cool closet. about the size of my bedroom....

  • 30 Mar, 2009

    That window light may be coming from the room where the door is slightly open.
    All you need to do is shut it to avoid the light. The basket is a great tip!

  • 30 Mar, 2009

    That's a walk-in closet? I was under the impression that it was a closet "wall" in a bedroom, hence the window light....not good for the clothes...I agree. I'm impressed by someone having room under a bed for a donated clothing box. I filled that space long ago!

  • 30 Mar, 2009

    Yeah, if I had a closet like that aside from adding blinds to not fade my clothes, I think I'd have plenty of room for everything. The idea of having a basket or box around to gather donation items is good though. I just have to find where to put it... maybe a long flat box that can slide under the bed.

  • 30 Mar, 2009

    Definitely doesn't address "real world" for most of us. And what's with the window in the "closet"? Sunshine everyday definitely fades clothes!

  • 30 Mar, 2009

    I don't know about the rest of you out there think but the closets in these pictures are always the size of a bedroom. Some nice ideas have come through the website if your closet is 9 x 12 !!!