The Three Piles: Thrift - Donate - Meh
After looking at the pile of clothes and books that I’ve accumulated after the great purge, I sorted them out under three categories: those that I would bring to a thrift store, those that I could donate, and those I felt like no one would take a chance on.
Thrift pieces are those really good looking items that you could still get some profit off. They could be new items (tags intact!) that you didn’t really like or gently-used pieces that look like they’ve only seen a couple of washes. For books and shoes, you’d want them to be in very good condition.
The Donate pile is the slightly more ragged, but still usable looking items you have. Make sure that for clothes, there are no rips, holes or missing buttons! Think about it this way - these items are essentially your “hand me downs” to other people, so make sure that they’re still in good, working condition.
Lastly, you’d want your Meh pile to have the items that are completely unusable - shirts with holes, shoes that are totally unfit for walking, books that have wet-stains and totally unreadable pages. Just generally things that you know other people won’t ever pick up.