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Designated for Donations

Martha Stewart Living, January 2007

Hang a sturdy, extra-large tote bag in a central location or by the back door and let it serve as a collection bin for clothes, housewares, toys, and other items that you decide to give away. When the bag is full, simply grab the handles and take the contents to a local charity.

Comments (12)

  • 5 Sep, 2011

    Be careful where you donate. A lot of those parking lot bins are not really legit. (http://www.moneyunder30.com/donating-clothing-beware-for-profit-drop-boxes) My local non-profit thrift shop provides jobs and puts its earnings back into the community.

  • 1 Sep, 2011

    Excellent idea...lots of thrift shops will love this idea..and CA has shops almost on every corner!

  • 4 Sep, 2009

    Wow before you throw them away call churches, missions and place an add on Freecycle.org...don't throw them in the dump!

  • 4 Sep, 2009

    great idea with the storage box, especially like the name and address of places to take them . Guess I'll give it a try. thanks for the kdea

  • 4 Sep, 2009

    NOT so in California - Churches will take the clothes and so will ANY resale shop - they send them to other countries - don't give up!

  • 5 Apr, 2008

    I Keep a clear storage box with a nice tight lid on it in my laundry room so when I do my laundry and come across something I know don't fit the kids any more I put it in the box before it gets mixed in with all the folded laundry. I tape my list of donation centers to the lid. When the box is full I empty it in to a bag and take it to a donation center next on my list. (donation ideas: church, some daycare centers and homes for battered women

  • 5 Apr, 2008

    Keep a blank piece of paper and pencil with this bag. As you add clothes to the bag, write down the kind of article, assign a reasonable value to it and the date you drop it off. File this with your income tax info for the year. Makes a big difference when you itemize your taxes. Don't know what value to assign to the article? Salvation Army has a list with suggested prices. Try it!

  • 5 Apr, 2008

    I HAVE ALSO SIMPLY TAKEN A SMALL STACK DIRECTLY TO THE BACK SEAT OF MY CAR. IT GETS THEM OUT OF THE HOUSE, WHICH IS WONDERFUL AND SINCE THEY ARE IN THE CAR, I'M LESS LIKELY TO OVERLOOK THE ITEMS.

  • 4 Mar, 2008

    Similar to this, I keep a clean trash can, tall kitchen size with a clear liner in it in an out of the way area of my house. Whenever I feel the need to purge my closet or when one of my kids outgrows something, we put it in "the bin" always making sure the clothes are clean and free of holes or excessive wear. When the bag is full, I tie it up and away it goes to good will.

  • 16 Feb, 2008

    Fabulous idea!

  • 14 Feb, 2008

    Yes, but they try to keep my bag!

  • 14 Feb, 2008

    What a wonderful way to make sure items no longer needed are given to people who can use them. Instead of having to collect the items--