Donate! As you wade into your spring cleaning chores, don’t dump everything or haul it to your storage unit. Consider donating some items to a worthy cause.
As you pack up your winter clothing for the seasonal move to your storage unit, consider donating some of those items to charity instead.
Of course, the items you donate should be in good condition. Clothing should be clean and undamaged – in other words, someone should be able to take pride in wearing them. Don’t make your selected charity waste time and energy on clothes that are ready for the trash bin.
General clothing items
If you don’t want to drop your items off at thrift stores or bins, you can contact Goodwill or the Salvation Army for a pickup. Vietnam Veterans of America will also pick up items, including clothing, books, small appliances, bikes and toys. Visit the PickUpPlease website to schedule a pickup.
Laura’s house accepts designer and brand name clothing for men, women and children. It also accepts jewelry, handbags, shoes, artwork, antiques, collectibles and gently used books and home furnishings. Its resale stores are located in Lake Forest and San Juan Capistrano.
Since its inception in 1991, the domestic violence shelter has offered shelter and supportive services to more than 4,000 abused women. In addition, it has provided counseling, life skills education and legal assistance to more than50,000 people.
Two excellent organizations helps put men and women in crisis back to work.
- Working Wardrobes provides career training and professional clothing to 5,000 men, women, veterans and young adults who re-enter the workforce each year.
- WHW (Women Helping Women/Men2Work) serves 8,000 job seekers each year. It provides career training and professional clothing so the unemployed and the underemployed can get and keep a good job.
Lions Clubs International collects usable glasses and frames, and distributes them throughout the world. There are collection centers throughout Orange County.
Of course, clothing isn’t the only thing you can donate. Tired of your old sofa but dread hauling it to a local charity? Goodwill Industries and the Salvation Army will pick up the sofa – and other household items – at your home. Visit the Goodwill website or the Salvation Army website to arrange for a pickup.
Be aware that Goodwill doesn’t accept mattresses or cribs, carpets, building materials, major appliances or intimate apparel.
Of course, if you’re not quite ready to part with your items but need to clear some space in your home, you can opt for a storage unit to keep the clothes safe until you’re ready to wear them again.
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