How many of us really know every item that’s sitting in our closets? Research says only 35 per cent of Canadians claim to get rid of clothing when they notice something they don’t want anymore. That means the rest of us could be letting our pack-rat tendencies get away on us!

Think beyond seasonal wardrobe changeovers; once you discover that closet cleaning has a science to it, you’ll find it’s easy to build it into a positive habit. Donating your clothing is a great way to give back to the community, while also decluttering your life.

Here are some tips to tackle your closet without the separation anxiety:

Focus: Cleaning out your entire wardrobe in one shot can be overwhelming. Instead of waiting for clothes to pile up, try focused purging. Tip out one drawer at a time, or just try shoes and boots.

Favour: When deciding whether or not to part with those perfect pastel pants, think about the last time you wore them. If you can’t put your finger on when they last saw the light of day, it’s probably time someone else enjoyed them.

Finalize: If all your clothes disappeared, what items would you wish were right back in your closet if you could replace only a few? Once you decide which items are keepers, you’ll quickly be able to spot the ones you can part with and donate.  When you’ve made up your mind, you can head to the clothing drop boxes in your neighbourhood, like the bright red ones provided by the Canadian Diabetes Association.

For more information about the Canadian Diabetes drop box program, visit

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