To Garage Sale or To Donate? That is The Question!

Spring is officially underway, friends! We’ve cracked open the windows, spring cleaned, and made a pile of clothes and other items we no longer need. Now, what should we do with them?

For most of us, the answer is simple: have a garage sale. Holding a garage sale seems like a natural step after spring cleaning. It’s a way for our belongings to find purpose and meaning with someone else who will use them, and it’s also a great way to make some quick cash.

While it’s validating to sell your things, it’s also great to donate your former treasures. Here are five reasons you should consider donating your clothes and possessions instead of selling them:

  1. It feels good. When donating to a cause we care about, we feel good. Instead of holding a garage sale, consider donating your gently used items? Even better—when you donate to ClothingDonations.org, you’re helping veterans. With last Saturday being Armed Forces Day, the timing could not be more perfect. Consider making a donation to us today!
  2. Planning a garage sale is stressful. Garage sales can take weeks of planning and preparation. We know how busy everyone is, so do yourself (and us!) a favor: donate your items. We make the process easy and painless, so there’s no need to stress out!
  3. Donations are tax-deductible. Donations made to ClothingDonations.org are tax-deductible—all the more reason to donate your gently used items!
  4. It declutters your home. Having a decluttered home should be enough incentive to donate your clothes. Imagine all of the extra space you’ll have. Sounds good, right? Donate today!
  5. It’s easy! Simply place your items in a donation box, and schedule a donation pickup with ClothingDonations.org. We’ll swing by and make sure your donated goods are given to loving homes.

Now that we’ve given you some pretty compelling reasons to donate your belongings instead of selling them, the question is this—when will you schedule your donation pickup?

3 Rules for Smart Shopping

1. Always take inventory of your closet before shopping and create a list of items that you absolutely need.

2. Resist the urge to buy things that aren’t on your list and focus only on the essentials.

3. As soon as you get home, make space for your new item by placing one piece of clothing you no longer wear in your donate bag and schedule a pick-up.

Following these tips will help you build a wardrobe full of clothes that you actually wear!

5 Hacks for Small Closets

1. Store your out-of-season clothing and get rid of the clothes that you no longer wear. A good rule to go by: if you have clothes that you haven’t worn in a year, it’s time to let go. Keep only the clothes that you feel comfortable in and that look good on you, regardless of how great they may look on the hanger. After you’ve finished your purge donate the items that you won’t keep.

2. Maximize your space by going vertical! Utilize the back of your closet and walls; hooks, shelves, a belt hanger, and an over-the-door shoe organizer are just some ideas.

3. Use shower hooks to hang scarves. Or, if you don’t like the idea of hanging shower hooks in your closet you can try one of these other DIY ideas.

4.Upcycle soda cans to hang more clothes. Bonus: this trick allows you to hang entire outfits, which will save you time in the morning!

5. Install an extra rod and use that for shorter items, such as skirts and shirts. Here’s a tutorial to help you out: Double Your Closet Space.

For more ideas check out the Pinterest board we created for you!

6 Tips to Keep You Warm from Head to Toe

The first thing you want to do is clear out your spring and summer clothes, if you haven’t already done so.

Donate the clothes you didn’t wear during the warmer months and store the items you wish to keep. As you go through our list below, take inventory of the winter items you already own and create a list of those you don’t. 

Here are tips for dressing warm from your head to your toes:

1. Head: Did your mom ever tell you that heat escapes through your head? Well, that statement isn’t a scientific fact, but according to Richard Ingebretsen, MD, “if you don’t have a hat on, you lose heat through your head, just as you would lose heat through your legs if you were wearing shorts” (WebMD). The goal should be to cover your entire body so you’ll retain all the heat you can.

Here’s another thing to keep in mind: ear lobes, fingers, toes, and the tip of your nose are especially vulnerable to the cold air and you can develop frostbite if you aren’t covered up. Fortunately, there is a plethora of super cute wool hats that can keep both your head and ears well covered. Check out Etsy for some stylish and unique options.

2. Neck (and face): Wear a scarf to keep your neck warm and if you’re able to find a large scarf, that’s even better because you can also use it to cover your face when the chilly wind and freezing air is too much to bear. What’s great is that there are so many ways to tie a scarf, so even if you own just a couple, you can try out many different looks!

3. Layer up: It’s possible to wear layers without looking bulky and you don’t want to wear fewer than two layers when the temperature drops below 20 degrees. Wear leggings under your pants and a slim fit long sleeve top under your sweater. However, when the temperature goes below zero, tights won’t be enough and you should wear thick thermals under your clothes.

4. Invest in a nice coat: Some top-of-the-line coats are quite expensive and if you can’t afford to splurge, it’s entirely possible to find an excellent coat for under $200.00, check out some of our favorites here: Affordable Winter Coats.

5. Hands: To avoid frostbitten fingers buy a decent pair of gloves or mittens, but take a look at this guide before you purchase a pair.

6. Feet: Skip over your thin socks and go for a thick wool pair. Try a knee high pair of wool socks for a cute look when paired with boots. Now, onto those boots: Definitely go for water-proof because if you’re feet get wet, it doesn’t matter how thick and cozy your socks are.

Does it snow where you live? If so, be sure to find a pair that has good grip, otherwise you may find yourself wobbling around and slipping when sidewalks are icy. If it doesn’t snow where you live and staying warm is your only concern, look for boots that provide extra insulation. Good boots can be expensive, but here are some options for cute, weatherproof winter boots.

How do you stay warm when it’s freezing outside? Share your tips in the comments below or tweet us @Clodonations!

Photo: Creative Commons 365 Day 9 + Winter Day 9 – Bundle up By Lisa Clarke is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0.

The Closet Trick You Need to Know

Follow these 3 simple steps and you’ll never waste another morning searching for your favorite top:

Step 1:  Turn all of your hangers backwards, this will mean that the hooks will be facing you.Each time you grab a piece of clothing turn the hanger the opposite way.

Step 2:  Let six months go by and reevaluate your closet. Are some hangers still backwards? Schedule a pick-up and donate those items because they’re just taking up space.

Step 3: Of course, it’s possible that some items aren’t seasonably appropriate and in that case wait another six months and then follow the steps again.

How do you keep your closet in order? Visit us on Facebook and share your tricks with us!

Photo Credit, David Niblack,  Imagebase.net.