How do you determine if you should donate or toss an item (particularly clothes)? Do you have a mental checklist of things that make an item trashworthy? What are your criteria?
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9/18/10 at 5:31pm
I follow basically the same criteria as Jodie. If I'm on the fence, I usually donate it & let them decide if it's usable (only with small items though -- I would never donate a large piece of furniture or something unless I was sure it would be usable/sellable, because it would cost THEM money to throw it away if I just left it there).
Most of the 'throw away' pile I can get rid of by putting out on the curb and/or on freecycle/craiglist 'free' section -- you'd be amazed at the trash people WANT. Unusable clothes I cut into rags or compost, though I would love to be more creative with redesigning them into new articles of clothing (but I don't have the time to sew!)