Whenever I get rid of items that I no longer need, I go through my "checklist":
Is there another use I might have for it? Maybe even a Pinterest craft project.
Can I sell it? If so - eBay, Craigslist, Mom-to-Mom sale, garage sale, ...
Do I know someone else that could benefit from having it?
Can it be donated?
And lastly, is it trash? In which case - can it be recycled or is it heading off to dump?
One day I noticed a sign at my vets office (they support an animal shelter). They were asking for old towels and blankets. I had never thought about a vet, or animal shelter, needing such things. But, it makes sense. They do care for many animals that have been injured or need treatment. Sometimes those blankets/towels are used to comfort them and may not be able to be used again. So they may go through them often.
Then I started to think more about a lot of things that an animal shelter might need: animal beds, toys, food, collars, leashes, animal cages, cat towers, ... The list is huge! So, as my dog continued to grow, I donated the collars and leashes that she outgrew. I also started bagging up all my old towels and blankets that I knew no person would want.
It all added up to be a lot! And, it's tax deductible!
We have donated many times since! It feels so good to know that my "old things" have a new purpose in life! My local Humane Society does wash and reuse blankets, towels, sheets, .... But they still go through a lot. It is so simple to donate!