Having a wardrobe clear-out for charity makes it onto a lot of New Year’s resolutions list, and this year we have an amazing cause to spur you on.

We’re kicking off 2020 with our It starts with her appeal, where through UK Aid Match, every pound spent in our charity shops on women’s clothes and accessories will be doubled by the UK government until 31 March. Together, we can help thousands of strong women to build stronger communities in Bangladesh.

So what are you waiting for? Find your nearest British Red Cross shop and spring your January resolution into action.

1. Look forward to it

You’ll never make the time to clear out your clothes if you’re dreading it. Instead, why not turn it into something fun? Set aside a day or evening. Put your favourite music or film on in the background, and you’ll be surprised at how fast you can get things done.

Make sure the rest of your sorting area is tidy, too, so there’s no cleaning up to do once you’re finished.


2. Use the ‘never worn it’ rule

Are there clothes in your wardrobe that still have tags on? You’re not alone. 70% of women admitted that they have bought a piece of clothing and never worn it, according to a recent survey*.

If you haven’t worn something in the last year, it’s time to donate it. If you haven’t worn it in the last three months, ask yourself whether you’re going to wear it next season. If the answer is no, track down your nearest British Red Cross shop and drop it off.


3. Try your clothes on

While you’re sorting through your clothes, it’s important to try pieces on – even if that means a lot of outfit changes. Do they still fit, or did they never really fit in the first place? Do you still like them? Putting outfits together will help decide whether items are going on the ‘keep’ or ‘donate’ pile.

If you’re not sure, attach a safety pin to the piece of clothing and only remove it when you wear it. If the pin is still there in a few months, you’ll know it was destined for the ‘donate’ pile.

Once your clothes are bagged up, drop them off at one of our charity shops between January and February to support our It starts with her appeal.



Remember, every pound spent on womenswear items during this time, up to the value of £2m, will be doubled by the UK government through UK Aid Match.

With your help, we can support thousands of strong women – and, as a result, their communities – to be even stronger. Find your nearest shop here.

*Online survey of 2,050 UK adult women carried out by Opinium for the British Red Cross between 29 November – 3 December 2019. All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from Opinium.