Your Stuff Helps Others
It happens but once a year. No. Twice. The dreaded cleaning out of the closet. Prompted by my wife, I used some time off after Christmas to go through my closet and clean out some things that don't fit well anymore and things that I just don't wear.
I remember an old rule of thumb: If you haven't worn it in six months or more, you probably won't ever again. It's just taking space.
Does it go into the garbage? Absolutely not. I donate them. I bring them to the Y's Buys store! According to them, "This store is a unique twist on the “pay it forward” philosophy. People donate their gently used clothing and household items, and in turn, provide a benefit to other families who purchase these items at very reasonable prices."
It's a great concept and it works well for them and for my family too. We get to bring quality stuff that we just don't use anymore to a place where folks will be looking for these items. I don't feel wasteful and I feel like we're helping out in a small way.
My closet is now clean and organized and I can find my stuff I want to wear. Of course in June or July, some of the old winter stuff will have to be weeded out. It makes me weary just thinking about it.