20/80…Are You Part of the Statistics?

Jul 24, 2013  |     |   General

I recently heard a statistic that you wear 20% of your clothes 80% of the time. Usually I am a little leery of statistics because they are so frequently used and more than likely skewed to advertise and sell a product.  Does Lysol really kill 99.9% of germs? Could using Rogaine twice daily increase my hair count by 13%? Do the new Glad garbage bags really use 6.5% less plastic than the previous bags? I’m not really sure about all of that, but I would say that the 20/80 statistic about our clothes is pretty accurate for a lot of us. Think about all the clothes you have in your closet, dresser, armoire, or wherever else you may store your clothes. Now, how many of these have you worn at least once in the past month? There are probably quite a few you haven’t worn for months or maybe even years – maybe there are even clothes you forgot you had.

Every month at the Open Door Mission’s Timberlake Outreach Center thousands of clothing items are given out to the homeless and near homeless. All these clothes are donated by generous donors.  So would you consider donating some of those clothes you thought of that you rarely wear or don’t want anymore? Maybe that pair of shoes you only wore once a few years ago is just what a struggling single mom needs for an upcoming job interview.  Perhaps you have a pair of jeans that just “haven’t quite fit the same since the holidays”, that a man with only a pair of tattered and ripped jeans would be overjoyed to have. You don’t have to donate the “80%” but I’d dare to say many of us could come up with several things we could give away and be ok without. Thank you in advanced for your generosity and for partnering with Open Door Mission to empower the homeless and near-homeless to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty!


Ryan McDowell
Development Associate