66. Donate your old clothes.

Quick- name a family tradition when you were younger that involved: 

  • Sharing and gifting items between siblings 
  • High levels of emotions including laughter, joys and tears 
  • Creating family bonds and nostalgia

This holiday season, if you’re visiting your siblings, and want to do good and ‘Donate your old clothes’, we suggest doing so via the family tradition of the ‘Hand-me-Down’. 

If you have younger siblings, rekindle your childhood memories by going through your closet as a adult and wrap up a memorable gift of ‘old clothes hand-me-downs’ that you’re donating to them from bottom of your heart (and the back of your closet).

If you have older siblings, it’s time to share with them what they missed growing up, by sharing with them clothes you no longer miss and revel in seeing what they look like dressed like you. It’s your way to display your ‘goodwill’. 

To help you ‘Donate your old clothes’ here’s a simple 2-step process:

  1. Quickly gather clothes you haven’t worn in more than 17 years
  2. Get a kick out of kicking out your old clothes by thinking what friend or family member would ‘benefit’ the most from your lovingly gifted pre-owned vetements. 

Your Future You called and wanted to playfully torment you like an older sibling. Your ‘Future You’ said holding onto your ‘un-donated clothes’ works for you because they will eventually come back in style…and Mom always liked ‘Future Me’ better. 

P.S. - It’s been reported that Corporate Housing Companies help clients ‘Donate your old clothes’ by helping guests choose their favorite clothes before moving to a furnished, monthly rental. The clothes left behind should be, by default, a good source of ‘old clothes to donate’. Alternatively, when you leave your furnished apartment, if you want to donate any old clothes, just leave them in the closet and let us know and we’ll torment our siblings… or drop them off at Goodwill!

Why does this ‘Future You’ Series exist? What’s it about?  

  1. Promote easy, quirky sustainable practices that are NOT preachy, or guilt-ridden and without a focus on the ‘saving the planet’ (hint: the planet is going to survive no matter what we do). 

  2. A playful post of simple ways to sorta improve our lives, and the lives of those we love. Also improve our future lives… by taking playful action today. 

  3. Still reading? Cool. We think you’re amazing and full of joyful zest. 

This series is based off ‘105 Simple Sustainable actions’ - from Stephane Omsanski’s article in Parade from 2021.


66. Donate your old clothes.

Most clothing ends up either burned or sitting in a landfill, but if you donate your old clothes to the appropriate place, there's a better chance that someone can put it to good use. For example, if you have an old prom dress, donate it to a high school taking gown donations. Got an old blazer or suit? Donte it to Dress for Success, which gives work clothes to women entering the workforce.