Before you jump into de-cluttering, Donohue stresses the importance of having a plan for what you'll do with all of your stuff— one that's both responsible and mindful of others and the planet. Instead of just throwing everything in the trash to save time and energy, do your homework on the places could really benefit from your donations as well as any places that accept hard-to-recycle items. For example, a women's shelter will gladly take clothes for women and toys for kids. Plus, it will motivate you to want to part with these items when you know they're going to people who truly need them, says Donohue. Also, recycling centers for clothing that's too worn to be donated can be found via the Council for Textile Recycling .