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Donating Baby Clothes in Chicago

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Motherhood has taught me many lessons. Among them is the fact that kids will outgrow clothes in the blink of an eye. I count it a true blessing that Caleb has more clothes than he needs and doesn’t want for a thing (besides this shirt). When he can no longer wear something, I decide if I want to save it or donate it.

When I have adult clothes to give away, I usually take them to the Goodwill. However, I feel differently about baby clothes. If a mom needs baby items, I want to make sure that she can find them for free.

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Leave These Three Things Out of Your Donation Pile

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Everywhere I turn, it feels like there are just piles of stuff in my house. It has always been this way but the addition of baby items has just added to the collection. These piles aren’t unruly but I could stand to create a more organized home. In fact, that was one of the goals that I spelled out on my Powersheets. Over the weekend, I started with the room that I can’t keep organized to save my life: my closet.

My go-to method for clearing the clutter has always been to create three piles for the stuff: keep, donate, or trash. In the past, my “donate” pile has always been bigger than my “trash” pile because I have this thing about throwing away clothes. It has never felt right unless the item was totally destroyed. So that means that I have donated some things that weren’t in mint condition. It’s not something that I have done often, but I’m all about doing better as I get older.

This time around, I made sure to keep these things out of the donation baskets.

Any old college/event/freebie t-shirts: I should be ashamed of the number of t-shirts in my drawers. However, I know that I’m not the only one. Over the years, these have often been the first to go during a wardrobe purge. However, I skipped putting these in the donation pile for now and just trashed them. If you prefer to go a more eco-friendly route, you could always make a t-shirt quilt or use them as rags.

Shoes in less than ideal condition: “Less than ideal” means having damaged heels, worn leather, or stained suede. I’m not going to trash these shoes but decided that I would do my best to get them in better shape before donating. We all know that shoes can make or break an outfit so I want the recipients to feel that magic as soon as they receive a pair from me.

Clothes from the previous season: I’ve always been one to purge my wardrobe at the end of a season which means that I’m donating summer dresses while everyone is preparing for another Chicago winter. Given that most charity thrift stores and shelters have limited storage spaces, many of these locations do not accept items out-of-season. An easy solve for this will be to go through my closets at the beginning of winter or summer so I know that the clothes will be of use at that moment.

Do you have any donation tips that you want to share?


3 Tips When Donating Items To Charity

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You know the routine. You look up one day and decide that you have too much stuff in your home and something must go. Maybe you try and give the items away to family and friends or you may decide just to donate it to your local Goodwill. For the record, charity stores do not have to accept any and everything that you give them. Save everyone some time and do these three things before donating to charity.

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Why Aren’t There Donation Boxes At The Airport?

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Have you ever overpacked for a flight and been told that your suitcase was too big? Yes? Then, I have a story for you. Recently, I took a trip to Washington D.C. and needed to pack for two weeks. Given my schedule during my stay, I needed to bring suits, dresses, an evening gown, PJs, pumps, a winter dress coat, and then my regular clothes. Needless to say, I should have known that my suitcase was going to be super heavy.

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Ten Small Ways To Give More Next Year

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New Years Eve is the perfect time to set new goals. How about giving more?

As we close the chapter on this year, most of us will make declarations of how to better ourselves moving forward. Often this includes vows to be kinder, live healthier and to give more. Living a charitable life doesn’t require lots of money or time. However, it does require that you be intentional about your actions and thoughts.

If you’re ready to turn a new leaf next year, here are ten (of many) easy and small ways that you can start being a fabulous giver.

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