Monthly Archives June 2015

Help the Poor and Save the Environment Charitable Clothing Donations

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You wouldn’t think that clothing in landfills are a big problem in the United States but in reality, it is a serious issue that deserves much more attention than it currently gets. In 2006, more than 2.5 billion pounds of fabric were kept from American landfills by used clothing companies and charitable organizations. Though it is wonderful that the fabric was removed from the landfills, the fact that so much fabric, almost all of which is recyclable, is thrown away every year gives one pause on how we discard our lightly used clothing.

Clothing donations do more than cloth the nation’s poor and homeless. There are about 600,000 homeless men, women, and c

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A Retirement Story for Generation X

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“Look at all these houses for sale!”

As Bob and Betty cruised the winding roads of their neighborhood on the way to the beach, they began to realize that they needed a change. With their fellow Gen Xe-rs accounting for 27% of all new home sales, it was clear that now was a better time than any to consider what was in store for retirement.

“I think that buying a home is a good idea.” Betty mused. “There are lots of lake homes available, and I know how much you love the outdoors. That would be a great place for us to plan our retirement.”

“Maybe it is time to start planning our next steps.” Bob conceded, bristling. “Though I would rather just keep working.”

“I know, dear.” Betty co

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Donate Clothes and Used Toys to the Homeless

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Times are tough for many people in the United States. The sluggish economy and lack of growth is hitting Main Street hard. No one, however, bears the brunt of this more severely than the homeless. For the wealthiest country in the world, the U.S. has a tragic homelessness problem. According to a recent report by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, there are a little shy of 600,000 homeless people in the country today. Of those people, nearly 25% are children and the Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that 12% are veterans. These are distressing statistics that goes to show how bleak the economic situation in the U.S. truly is.

One way people can help in the fight against homelessness and poverty is by donating clothes to charity.

Furnishing a Condo for the First Time? Check Out These 3 Simple Tips

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Have you retired recently and decided to downsize? Or are you finally living out your dream of buying beachfront property? If either of these scenarios applies to you, then you’ve probably chosen to move into a condominium by the water. Condos are an easy way to live for many people because they often don’t require extensive yard work or other maintenance. However, they offer plenty of space for couples and families alike who need to live simply.

One of the challenges for new condo owners, however, is furnishing a condo to suit their tastes. Those who want a condo to look like it belongs by the beach, whether it’s there or not, definitely need to pay close attention when they go furniture shopping.

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Types of Items Charitable Organizations Accept

Military families

An estimated 68 pounds of clothing are thrown away by the average American family every year, and 99% of what is thrown away can easily be recycled. Imagine how many families in need could have been helped by that amount of clothing. This is where charitable donations come into play.

There are many charities that accept all kinds of donations throughout the United States. One can choose from larger, national charities such as Goodwill or the American Red Cross, or people can opt for donating to their favorite local charity or shelter. Just be sure that before a donation is made that guidelines are followed and they accept the items you want to part from.

What is usually accepted: If you would rather make charitable donations to a national foundation, the following items are normally

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Save the Homeless and the Environment With Charitable Clothing Donations

Charitable donations

There are more than 1.5 million charitable organizations in the United States today, all of them doing fantastic work in their individual fields and causes. Of the multitudes of charitable organizations out there, clothing charities provide warm and comfort to the thousands of Americans out there that are down on their luck and have nowhere to turn to. The Department of Housing and Urban Development found in a recent study that there are about 600,000 homeless people in the U.S. today. Perhaps more startling is the fact that nearly 25% of them are children and an exorbitant amount of them are military veterans or people with mental illnesses (sometimes both, tragically). For these men, women, and children, charitable organizations provide a lifeline they need in order to bear the streets.

In a

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What Happens When Donating Clothing

Clothing donations

Did you know that an estimated 99% of all the clothing thrown away in the U.S. could have been recycled or donated? Many Americans are hopping on the train of thought that “less is more” these days and are giving up items, such as clothing, that they may not need. Yet many convince themselves that if they don’t want those clothes, no one else will either — so they end up in the trash. In fact, the average American throws away nearly 68 pounds of clothes every year.

But one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, right? American society needs to be aware that other places in the world, and even other Americans suffering economic hardships, will happily take a charitable donation of used clothes. Donating clothing to charity does no

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Falling Asleep and Staying Asleep

Adjustable mattresses beds

For many people, getting a good night’s sleep can be a challenge. Whether they can’t get to sleep or stay asleep, or have other underlying issues, sleep deprivation can cause a number of problems in a person’s day to day life. Fortunately, there are many ways to ensure a good night’s sleep.

One of the best ways to make sure you sleep soundly through the night is to be as comfortable as possible. Couples who have different mattress preferences may want to invest in king size adjustable beds, giving them enough room to sleep comfortably. King size adjustable beds are able to have the firmness of each side of the mattress custom-set to each person’s preferences. Adding comfortable pillows and clean linens will ensu

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Sleep Better with an Adjustable Bed and Mattress

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It’s important to get a good night’s rest. More than 60% of people in the U.S. have difficulties with proper sleep. But what’s the reason for this epidemic of sleeplessness?

Part of the problem is related to diet. Improper diet, such as too much sugar intake or not enough protein, can contribute to problems with sleeping. Lack of exercise also causes sleep problems, since exercise naturally releases chemicals in the brain that can help induce sleep when it’s time for bed.

Aside from diet and exercise, though, another thing to consider is the bed you’re sleeping on. If your bed is uncomfortable, creaky, and/or unfit for your body, then proper sleep is obviously going to be hard to come by. If you’re considering purchasing a new bed to help you get a good night’s sleep, then you should consider getting an

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Is Your Mattress Keeping Your Relationship Unhappy?

Styles of adjustable beds

Moving in together was going to be a big step for Maura and Susan. They had been dating for two years and knew that it was time to take their relationship to the next level, but since they were both fully functional adults, they knew that combining their households would be a major chore. They were hoping to same some money for a future wedding or downpayment, so they had signed a lease at a quaint, one bedroom home. That meant they had to get rid of a lot of their belongings-and quickly.
They had a fairly easy time choosing which TV to keep and who had the better sofa. Choosing whose mattress to keep, however, was turning out to the battle of the ages. Maura had just purchased an expensive, king-sized mattress about a year ago. She hesitated to let go of something she had so recently made her

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