The holiday season is upon us, and there is no greater time than now to help your community. On top of the holidays, the colder temperatures are here to stay, and donating the winter clothes you no longer need is a great way to de-clutter your space and give back to those in need.
Goodwill of Greater Washington makes donating easy. Without having to leave your home, you can donate to Good Will with these three easy steps. It’s time to clean those closets out and start donating!
Good Will Mail-In Donations
- Box Up Your Donation. Clothing, footwear, and accessories are all accepted, and merchandise without corporate or event logos is preferred. Individual packages must be under 70 lbs.
- Print & Attach Shipping Label. Free mailing labels are available exclusively for Goodwill donations for the Greater Washington service area.
- Mail Your Donation Packages for Free. Schedule a free package pickup through USPS. Your donations will be picked up from your home and mailed directly to Goodwill. Your donation packages can be dropped off at a local US Post Office as well.
Goodwill Pack & Ship takes any sort of inconvenience out of donating unwanted clothes. Giving back to the community is a great way to get into the holiday spirit. With these three easy steps, your closet will be de-cluttered, you will have made a contribution to the community, and you can go into the winter months knowing you’ve made a difference. There is no greater way to start the holiday season!
Is it just us or does it feel like we’ve skipped right over Fall and headed straight into Winter? While we’re still enjoying warm days here and there, before we know it we’ll be bundling up and shoveling out. Here are some steps you can take now to winterize your life and get ahead of the next Polar Vortex!
1. Invest in a humidifier
When it’s cold outside it’s natural to turn the heat up indoors, but with that comes a serious drying effect. When the air gets dry our skin, sinuses and noses suffer but there are some really affordable humidifiers out there that can give your body the moisture it craves without being too much of an eyesore. We’re partial to this adorable polar bear from Crane, but they have some pretty sophisticated models if cutesy isn’t your thing.
2. Reorganize Your Closet
We know, we aren’t ready to pack up the flip-flops and swim trunks just yet either but the time has come. Don’t wait for a 30 degree day to start searching for your coziest sweaters; take the time now to swap out seasonal items and clear some room for bulky pieces like boots and sweaters and you’ll thank yourself in December.
3. Help Warm Your Neighbors
Once you’ve cleaned out your closet, take last seasons sweaters, gloves and scarves and donate them. Making room for new cozy items and helping keep your neighbors warm this winter: it’s a win-win. If you’re in DC, you can donate through Thrive DC.
4. Sanitize Before Cold Season
We all get excited when we break out our favorite gloves again, but before you throw them on, take the time to give them a good wash. We usually reach for our gloves for the first time each season when an unexpected early cold front comes through, but try to get ahead of Mother Nature this year and sanitize your winter accessories so that last years germs and grime don’t ruin this year’s holiday fun. Here’s some tips from Martha about when and how to clean your outerwear.
5. Protect Your Windows
Whether your windows are brand new or full of historic charm, the cold air has a way of finding it’s way in (and the warm air, out). Our favorite ways to prevent this are to put up some drapes made of heavy fabric and line the windows with a temporary clear film insulation kit. Both are easy to remove when Spring comes around but will make a big difference in your heating bill.
6. Mix Up a Winter Scent
This one may seem purely for joy but can help cover up any funk that might be hanging around when the windows get locked up for Winter. Round up a few items from your spice cabinet (cinnamon sticks, cloves and nutmeg will do) and toss them in a pan with some orange peel and some water and simmer away. Before long, your entire apartment will smell like the holidays instead of the litter box!
7. Pick Up a Doormat
When we slip on our fuzzy socks at the end of the day, the last thing we want it to ruin them by stepping on some sand, dirt or melted snow tracked in from the wild outdoors. Pick up a heavy duty doormat to place by your entry where you can wipe and take off your boots before entering your apartment sanctuary. Better yet, order one of these awesome mats from Damn Good Doormats, made in Baltimore!
8. Get Some Car Mats Too
Winter grit and grime can take its toll on your car too. Take care of the inside with a fresh set of car mats; you can even have a little fun with custom monogrammed mats if you’re fancy. We like these ones from One Sassy Sister.
9. Buy an Ice Scraper
This one might seem like a no-brainer, but how many of us have sat in the car for ten minutes with the defroster on full blast wondering where our scraper went last Spring? Not all scrapers are made equal: pick up one of these gloved versions and your digits will thank you!
10. Invest in a Extendable Snow Shovel
Don’t strand yourself in a parking lot or use your hands to dig your car out ever again: order one of these compact shovels to keep in your car without taking up your entire back seat.