Keep, Donate, Toss.
It sounds easy enough. So, why do I have bags of clothes to donate taking up valuable real estate in every closet of my house?
What if I told you that your donation bags could be out of sight in a few minutes time?
My garage overflows with cardboard boxes awaiting Recycling Day and bags of items I plan to donate to charities. Confession: if you open my trunk, you will find at least one or two bags of the same.
Point being, I have good intentions. I give clothes to friends, sell the occasional item on eBay, Poshmark or through local Facebook groups, and arrange pickups from charitable organizations. Despite these best efforts, I can’t keep up.
But recently, while shopping online, several retailers reminded me about Give Back Box. I finally tried it and I’m a fan.
How Give Back Box Works:
- Take a box (any box) and fill it with your unwanted clothing, shoes, jewelry, or household items (no electronics, liquids or the usual prohibited items).
- Go to Give Back Box directly or fill out on a form on one of their partner retailer’s sites.
- Download and print out a shipping label. Shipping is free. The above-mentioned partners take care of the cost.
- Seal box and attach shipping label.
- Fill out tax receipt itemizing your contents (optional).
- Drop off the box at a UPS retailer or post office. I chose the extra lazy route and arranged for USPS pickup.
In under five minutes, I packed up three boxes (including my professional button-downs from three careers ago). I placed them on my front porch, ready for pick up by our mailman. It’s amazing how accomplished I felt moving these boxes out of my peripheral vision.
Where do these boxes go? Mine went to a Goodwill Center in Manhattan.
What do I love most about Give Back Box?
- Convenience: No driving, no waiting, no procrastinating.
- Reuse and Recycle: Old cardboard boxes don’t just get recycled but reused.
- Paper Trail: At the end of the tax year, all I have to do is log into my Give Back Box account and print out my itemized donation receipts
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Seriously, it couldn’t be easier. I’d love to hear from you all and please keep in touch on social media.