Published on August 28, 2017 — Leave a comment

Sale Away for Labor Day Plus 7 Other (FREE) Things You Should Be Doing

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We love three-day weekends like 🙌 🙌 🙌 . It makes getting through Friday easier, the following week shorter, and we get an extra random day off just because. Well, we’re getting this particular Monday off because we’re celebrating the social and economic achievements of American workers. That’s you. We also understand that not everyone has the luxury of taking the day off. We hope that you will find some time in the day to celebrate all the hard work that you do all year.

Here are some fun ideas to help you celebrate one of the most non-controversial holidays in the calendar. And if you do absolute nothing (see #6) even better.

1. Take on a project at home: decluttering. We all know there is a decluttering movement happening. Experts are popping up everywhere promising a better life if only you had less stuff. A recent article in the New York Times titled Aging Parents with Lots of Stuff and Children Who Don’t Want It says that clutter is out, minimalism is in. When you rid your home and closets of things that don’t bring you joy, you free yourself up to use and enjoy your most treasured possessions. And all that time you save not cleaning or putting things away could be spent on a hiking trail or playing games with your kids.

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2. Host a Clean Out party! This is where things get fun. Having trouble deciding what to get rid of and what to keep? Ask your friends. Sometimes all you need is an objective third-party opinion. Invite your friends over and ask them to bring all the items in their closet that they can’t decide whether to keep, sell, or donate. Gather everyone in the living room with some snacks and rosé and go around one at a time sharing your stuff (try everything on for the best results). It’s kind of like a Tupperware party but you don’t have to buy anything. Bonus points if you make cute paddles for everyone. Come up with clever sayings or use emojis like we did for https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fthredup%2Fvideos%2F10156098674609447%2F&show_text=0&width=560” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Facebook Live. Everyone gets to vote and the majority wins. Send all the items that don’t make the cut to thredUP. The easiest way to have a bunch of Clean Out Bags on hand is to have each friend order their own bag from thredUP beforehand. This is also a great weeknight activity so plan one every season!

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3. Plan next year’s summer vacation. Yes, it’s early but they say the happiest part of your vacation happens before you even leave the house. According to a 2010 study planning or anticipating your trip can make you happier than actually taking it. So why not plan it really early this year and then have almost a year of blissful anticipation. Sipping piña coladas on a beach, relaxing by the pool, hitting up your favorite European city, zip-lining through a rainforest—these are the thoughts we want top of mind all year long.

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4. Enjoy a stay-cation. Chances are, if you don’t have a weekend getaway planned already, you’re probably going to spend the holiday at home. Which is kind of awesome. Pick a totally tourist thing to do that you’ve never tried and experience what all the fuss is about. We tend to not take advantage of the fun, free things right in our backyard or put them off because we can always do them later. This is the later. Do it. Since our readers live all over the place, we’ll give some examples of awesome, free things to do in San Francisco which is our home. Walk over the Golden Gate Bridge. Roller skate dancing in Golden Gate park. Public library city walking tours. Seward street slides. Walk up the Filbert street steps.

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5. Have a cupboard potluck BBQ. Tell your besties to grab a few canned goods out of their cupboard and produce out of the fridge and bring them over. Cook together and get creative using only ingredients that you already have in your house. Same goes for cocktails.

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6. Enjoy a self-care day. Or a do-nothing day. Are you already relaxed thinking about having zero plans next Monday? If you have kids, don’t feel guilty about dropping them off with a friend or a family member. Spend the day at your leisure, binge-watching Netflix or walking around your neighborhood, or spacing out in your living room. Repeat after us. I don’t feel guilty. I don’t feel guilty.

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7. Take a digital detox. Do you stare at a computer 40+ hours a week? Are you always glued to your phone? See what happens when you switch off all your device for the day. From the moment you wake up until the moment you hit the pillow. Just try it. You might find that you’re super focused and productive Tuesday when you’re back at work. And that you really enjoyed spending time on things and with people that matter.

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BONUS! Shop our Labor Day Sale. Okay, this one isn’t technically free. BUT, you will save a ton of money on our already super low prices. It’s a big one. Stock up on all your fall essentials and back-to-school must-haves. It starts Saturday, September 1 and ends Monday at midnight PST. Sign into your thredUP account for a special GONE SALE-ing discount off all orders. As Enya would sing, “Sale sale away, sale away, sale away…”

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Do you have any great Labor Day ideas??? Share them with us in the comments!

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