Buried under a mountain of clothes you’re desperate to get rid of? Or do you have a shopping bag in the hallway that’s ready to be donated that you just don’t know what to do with? Haven’t got the time or patience to sell it online? Pop the kettle on, I think I can help!
If like me during (every!) lockdown you’ve been inspired to do a bit of sorting out that turned into gutting your house from top to bottom, not leaving a single stone or ornament unturned in the pursuit to declutter and get rid of any ol’ crap you just don’t want. Well then that means you’ve likely got a bag or two or five ready and waiting to go to the charity shop. “But they’re closed” I hear you say, fear not my friend, I’ve found ways you can declutter and still be mindful of Coronavirus restrictions.
First of all, can I just say DON’T just dump it at the charity shops door – no one will take it in as no one is working, so things that could’ve been sold and helped the charity are now ruined because of the horrible British weather! Don’t do it please. Also I’ve read online that it’s classed as fly-tipping, so don’t ruin good items or commit a crime!
So where were we, oh yes! Disposing of your unwanted clothes whilst charity shops are closed, let’s begin!
If you still want to help good causes this year and declutter then perhaps you can get involved with the British Heart Foundation’s freepost donation service! It’s super simple, honestly – all you need to do is follow the link above, request the freepost label that will be emailed to you, package your donations up then take your donations to a Collect+ drop off point – please do wear a mask when dropping off your donation.
If you already have your donations ready to go then click here to get your label! It couldn’t be simpler!
Perhaps you haven’t got a printer, well no worries The Salvation Army have got clothing banks across the UK, 8,000 to be exact! All you need to do is bag up your items and pop them into one of the banks near you. The clothes you donate are either re-sold, reused or recycled to avoid the environmental impact that happens when we send clothes to landfill. Simply click here to find one near you.
Whilst we’re in our third and hopefully final lockdown you may want to still browse what the charity shops have got to offer, Barnardo’s have got their online store up and running ready for you to take a browse. Oxfam have also got an online store so you can definitely get your slow fashion on from the comfort of your sofa!
Of course if you’re handy with a needle or a sewing machine then maybe you can upcycle that old long sleeve top into a cropped short sleeve tee or distress those tired looking jeans for a new sassy pair of jeans. My only recommendation is don’t just throw clothes away, the amount of clothes that go to landfill every year is increasing dramatically and there is always someone that will find a use for something that you just don’t find value in anymore.
So if you’ve got some presents from Christmas that you just don’t need or more clothes than you know what to do with, donate today using one of the above mentioned ways and help support charity shops in our strange new times.
Must dash x
Some information found on TimeOut.com