Decluttering Before the Holidays.
Written for Lafayette Gardens - Apartments for rent in Lafayette La.
While there is never a good time to clean out your apartment closets and drawers, doing so before the holidays makes perfect sense, and cents! With gas and food prices rising, most families are looking for ways to cut their budgets and make more money.
Additional concerns for the fast-approaching holidays are also looming; clearing out unused items may prove a satisfying boost to your spirit and pocketbook.
Keep this in mind: One Woman/Man's trash is another's treasure. Imagine the joy you could provide by selling or donating items that no longer fit your needs or waist. Your gently used, season-old sweaters and pants may provide the perfect gift to those in financial straits. And how about those bowls in the closet that haven't seen the light of day in 4 winters? It may just be the finishing touch to another kitchen. Whatever your item or reason for letting go of items no longer in use, it has the potential to put money in your pocket and a smile on your face knowing it will go to good use.
If you prefer to make a little money on your hidden treasures, consider the following sources as paths to sell your closet-clogging items, and put a little jingle in your pocket before Black Friday.
Selling or Donating Items You Decluttered.
Segregate the items you have decided to dispense with into two boxes or bags: one marked donate, and the other sell.
Facebook, Instagram, Craigslist, and other social media outlets have groups specifically geared toward disposal of personal items. Look for local buy, sell and free groups in your area; for example: open Facebook and search buy sell or trade in Lafayette Louisiana; a host of groups should appear in the search results. You may also create a Facebook Marketplace account where you can list your items and possibly sell and accept cash, including shipping costs; larger items may require an in-person meeting to exchange the goods. Please, please, please, use extreme caution when meeting a stranger to exchange goods for money. Consider calling the local police department for suggestions on safe exchange locals; often your local police and sheriff's offices have identified locations best suited for these transactions.
Upscale Resale, Plato's Closet, Closet Mentors, Clothing Loft, This and That, and Once Upon a Child are additional local consignment stores. Or consider listing clothing, shoes or handbags on Poshmark.
Items for Donation or Giveaway.
The donation box or bag is likely a mix of home goods, trinkets, and clothing. The following suggestions may take whole boxes of random goods, while others will only accept specific items. Here are different ways you can donate your items:
Freecycle and Nextdoor are also outlets for donating items; remember to set boundaries and, when possible - bring someone with you for the exchange (limitations can include where you're comfortable meeting and how long items will be available). Once you have donated the item(s), take your listings down.
A local charity or non-profit organization are excellent drop-off locations and many offer donation vouchers for tax deductions. In addition, the Salvation Army, Goodwill, LARC, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and the local Women's Shelter are always grateful for gently used items.
Recycling in Lieu of Donation
You might consider sending your clothing to be recycled. Many companies offer a discount on purchasing new items when you send in a bag clothing to be recycled. Note, some recycling companies only accept their brand to recycle, while others will take anything you choose to send. For Days, Patagonia, Levi Strauss, Vetta, Universal Standard, Girlfriend Collective, Reformation, and Urban Outfitters are just a few.
Do you simply need more space for your current belongings, consider touring Lafayette Gardens, their uniquely positioned apartments for rent in Lafayette Louisiana are walking distance from Lafayette's famed River Ranch planned community; full of shopping, eateries, and entertainment.
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