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Decluttering for Good: Make a Donation This Giving Tuesday

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Black Friday. Cyber Monday. Christmas.

The time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s often adds a lot of clutter to our lives, and come January first we’re all looking to trim down again. But the end of November can be a good time to get rid of unwanted but still useful things, and give a little back too, by participating in Giving Tuesday.

What is Giving Tuesday?

Giving Tuesday was launched in 2012 at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. Today, it is both a charitable organization and a global movement. It is celebrated worldwide in nearly one hundred countries and raises billions of dollars every year.

How Can I Participate?

There are dozens of ways to take part in Giving Tuesday, from doing something nice for your neighbor to teaching a free class or cleaning up trash. But if you want to combine your participation with a little organization, donating gently used items is a great option. Or start your own free table, where people can take the items they need and leave the things they don’t for someone else.

Thinning out your bookshelves? Take some down to your local Little Free Library. There are a number of these free book exchanges in Las Vegas and the surrounding areas, and you may even find something new to read in the bargain. 

Donation box

Where Do I Donate?

If you do want to donate, you have options. There are plenty of charities in Las Vegas who can make use of items you’re clearing out of your space.

Goodwill and Catholic Charities accept clothes, accessories, and household items. Big Brothers Big Sisters will take clothes too, as well as books, DVDs, and even musical instruments. Las Vegas Rescue Mission provides clothes and shoes to the homeless, and Dress for Success can give new life to pre-worn women’s professional apparel.

Whatever you’re donating, make sure it’s clean and in good condition, and follow the charity’s guidelines on when and where to donate.

The Benefits of Generosity

Giving Tuesday may be about giving to others, but they’re not the only ones getting something out of it. Generosity is good for our mental health. It reduces stress—and blood pressure. It makes us happier and strengthens our communities.

When you make a donation, you can clear out the clutter knowing that toys or clothes you and your family loved will bring someone else joy. You get the benefit of more space, and a more organized home is good for your mental health too!

What Next?

Done decluttering and ready to move on to the next step in getting your home organized? Closet & Storage Concepts of Las Vegas can work with you to plan the closet, pantry, or multi-functional guest room your home needs. Contact us today for a free in-home consultation!

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