It’s almost time for spring cleaning and clothing donation here in Central Texas. With donation drop-offs comes the hassle of packing, organizing and making sure your donations are safe for transport. It’s unpleasant to try to donate a broken item that was damaged in transit – after all, the whole point of the drop-off is to give away a usable item someone else can benefit from.

Donation drop-off locations in the surrounding Leander-area:

  • Leander ISD Clothes Closet | 324 S W Dr.

The Clothes Closet specifically serves school-age Leander ISD students and their families. They’re normally in need of underclothes for boys, men, and women. They’ll accept logo-free t-shirts and clean clothes of all varieties except for prom dresses, previously worn undergarments, and a few other specific items. Visit their website for more information.

  • Goodwill Leander Store in Gateway Shopping Center | 1245 Highway 183 & Crystal Falls Pkwy

We’re all likely familiar with this popular thrift chain, which generally accepts donations at 25 centrally located bins throughout the Austin metro area.

  • Operation Liberty Hill Thrift Store | 1401 US-183

Liberty Hill Thrift Store offers free clothing and shoes to clients at their Leander location. They take clothing items and soft goods via their donation bin. They do not accept large appliances, tube TVs, firearms, desks, or other larger donations. Visit their website for more information.

Now that you know where to take your donations, what are the next steps to make sure your items travel safely and stress-free to their new homes?

 

Utilize Rubber Bands

 

Keeping items together is key, and separated socks, shoes and paired items create difficulty for the people sorting. Utilize rubber bands and even binder clips to attach shoes and other paired items together for transport.

 

Label Your Fragile Items

 

Always wrap, protect and indicate items as fragile on their containing box before transport. Broken glass and other damaged items are a safety risk to those sorting your donations, so it’s better safe than sorry in this case.

 

Grab a Receipt

 

Too many people drop off used clothes and appliances without obtaining a receipt. Your receipt demonstrates evidence of your drop-off value, and you can use this information as a write-off on your taxes. Don’t forget to get a receipt!

With spring coming, donating extra items you don’t use anymore can help free up space in your home. Use these tips to donate without difficulty at a facility