Mother and son putting clothes in donation bin

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Keep a Charity Bag
Always have a garbage bag for charity donations. When you try on a piece of clothing and it doesn't look good on you, consider putting it in the bag. If you're given a gift you don't love, put it in the bag. When your youngest child outgrows an article of clothing, check it for stains; if it's in good shape, it goes straight in the bag. Make it a habit.

When the bag is full, put it in your car. Depending on where you live, there's probably no need to plan a special trip to drop it off. Just keep it in the trunk until you're driving near your favorite charity. Get a receipt for tax purposes and file it in your annual donations file.