The holidays are quickly approaching. If you have been to a shopping mall or retailer lately, you have probably noticed that they are already stocking holiday decorations. Other retailers are already encouraging you to begin your holiday shopping. Before the hustle and bustle of the holiday season begins, begin preparing your house now. If your children will get new toys and clothing items, now is a good time to make more room. You are likely transitioning from summer clothes to winter clothes anyway.
Go through all of your summer clothing
Before you throw all of your summer clothing into a box for the winter, make it a point to go through them. Get rid of clothing items that you did not wear over the summer. It is also unlikely that you will wear it next summer either. These clothing items will go to families in need when you take them to a military order of the Purple Heart charity. If you wait too long, summer will be in full swing by the time your unwanted items make it to these families. Go through your children?s summer clothing items as well. They will probably be a bigger size next year, so save yourself time and get rid of clothing that is already fitting snuggly on them.
Go through each winter clothing item
Instead of quickly unboxing your winter clothes and putting them away, try to go through every piece. The clothing items that you do not want can be donated to a military order of the Purple Heart charity. Your charity clothing donations can help to warm families and children. If you are also going through your children?s winter clothing from last season, you will likely find many items that they have already grown out of. Instead of throwing them out, arrange a pickup from charities that pick up donations. The average American purchases 10 pounds of previously used clothing each year in the United States. Chances are, your charity donations will get used again.
Go through toys and games
Toys and games quickly accumulate over the years. You might find it a never ending process to get rid of the ones that your children never play with anymore. Going through toys, however, can give gently used toys to charities for military families. These toys can be used as holiday gifts for children with parents in the military. These toys can brighten a child?s day, instead of leaving them sitting on the bottom of a toy box. Work with your children on donating the toys they no longer want. This is a great way to teach them about charity and doing the right thing. Additionally, you will free up valuable storage space.
Question every item you consider throwing out
Research shows that 12 million tons of clothing and textile waste is thrown out in the United States each year. Even with the best of intentions, clothing items that could be reused or repurposed are thrown out. Even when a clothing item is worn and may not sell, it can be recycled and turned into another purpose. Always consider additional uses for the item, before throwing it out. You can always take it to your local military order of the Purple Heart and see if they have any use. You will also reduce the impact of landfills. The average person generates 4.5 pounds of trash every day, about 1.5 tons of solid waste per year. Give to your military order of the Purple Heart instead.
The holiday season is quickly approaching. The weather is getting colder, the stores are already selling holiday decorations, and Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Prepare for the upcoming holiday season by going through your clothing items. Donate these items to your local military order of the Purple Heart so that local families in need can also have a good holiday season.