Hello, Fall; Goodbye, Summer!
Pssst….This is my favorite season! Peace out, gross sweat and sunburns. A warm welcome to flattering sweaters, kick-butt boots and pumpkin spice latte.
For many of us (not talking about you guys, SoCal & SoBe), it’s time to put away the tankinis and flip-flops. (Yep, I just threw a tankini out there.) This is also a great opportunity to make room in your closet and go through some of the stuff that you really aren’t wearing, anyway.
MAKE TWO SEPARATE PILES:
1) “Keep” Pile
2) “Donate” Pile (If there are some items that are clearly meant for the trash -shredded or stained- go ahead and toss them, just don’t get rid of something that someone can truly make use of.)
If you’re KEEPING:
Here’s a tip; CHECK YOUR POCKETS prior to storing or getting rid of clothing!
There’s always the chance of finding money or something important such as i.d. or that pair or earrings you’ve been looking for since that NKOTB reunion concert rolled through town. I also highly recommend that you also give everything a light wash & dry before tucking it away.You may have crumbs and bits of things that you don’t want hanging around in your fresh gear until next May rolls around. Greasy stains will spread, and you may be inviting unintended guests such as roaches or ants. Mmhmm- pretty gross!
If You’re DONATING:
There is a mission nearby my home that shelters battered women, and I know they are always looking for clothing, so I will gladly drop my clothing there in a heartbeat. The women are also often staying with their children so, it is a great place to drop off clothing that my boys have outgrown.
There are corner boxes popping up everywhere that you can just drive by and drop off your clothing. You may be able to donate to your church, a local school, the Salvation Army or the Red Cross. If you have other suggestions, please leave them in comments! If you are hoping for a tax deduction (as far as the U.S. goes), sometimes this is applicable, so you may be in luck.
For babies / children – If they have outgrown items, you have several options.
- Donate to a shelter, mission, church, or non-profit resale store
- Give to friends or family with kids the same size
- Keep for a younger sibling who will grow into it or,
- Sell at a reduced rate online or through local consignment stores
I employ a few methods of storage: Large Rubbermaid containers, vacuum-seal bags and lidded cardboard boxes. Whichever option you choose, be sure to keep things cool and dry while storing. Keep a few things out just in case the weather gets tricky on you. Here in NY we’ve seen October blizzards and sunny, late October 80-degree days…you just never know.