Time and Effort Make the Best Gifts

Sometimes the best gifts don’t have to cost a thing. On Mother’s Day, dedicate your time and energy instead, Money Crashers says. Mow the lawn and do the yardwork; vacuum and wash her car; make her breakfast in bed or let her sleep in for once, the site says; Mom will appreciate the effort, and these gifts will only cost a little bit of time to show you care. Another suggestion? Clean that old junk out of the garage, hall closet or basement, and contact ClothingDonations.org for a pickup. If your Mom is anything like ours, she will appreciate the newly decluttered and organized space.

Sell or Donate Extra Garage-Bound Goods

Once you’ve cleaned the garage, you might have a lot of stuff sitting in the driveway that you don’t need or want to put back on the shelves. Why not kill two birds with one stone? Put price tags on anything you don’t want and have a garage sale. At the end of the day, box up anything that’s still outside and unwanted and call ClothingDonations.org for a pickup. A truck will come at the designated time and take all of that stuff away, leaving your newly cleaned garage uncluttered and easy to maintain — and helping fund veterans’ programs.

A Top-to-Bottom Scrubdown for the Garage

When was the last time you gave the garage a good cleaning? Chances are it’s been a while, and there’s no better time than the dead of summer. Pick a sunny day, and begin by taking everything out, Tidy.com says. Then, start at the top with the cobwebs on the ceiling and work your way down to the floor. Dust all surfaces, wipe down the walls and sweep — and when that’s done, scrub the floor with soap, water and a hose, or give it a good powerwash. When you’re done, the garage will be so clean that you might not want to move all that extra stuff back in!