Most charities have their own rules about what kinds of items they accept, but there are some general guidelines. Use this clip-and-save scale.
Good Condition -- Give
- like new
- minor wear
- some wear
- slightly stained or scratched
- needs minor repairs
Bad Condition -- Toss
- significant wear
- cracked or torn
- fails to meet current safety standards
Still not sure? Here's a good guideline: If you wouldn't give it to your best friend or neighbor as a hand-me-down, it's got to go.
Copyright © 2007. Used with permission from the January 2008 issue of Parents magazine.