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    Three Thrifty Time Change Tricks

    When daylight savings begins, a lot of non-morning people (like me!) have a hard time. Although most nine-to-fivers have the day off to recover, in many professions you’ll still have to make it to work on time this Sunday regardless of the time change. Even if you do have the day off, sometimes the effects of a new routine linger through the rest of the week, and sleeping in on Sunday just means that schedule shake-up will hit you on Monday morning instead. To combat sleepy eyes and a week with extra yawns, here are three of my favorite tips for making the wake up a little less brutal.

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    Thrift yourself a gift to make Sunday morning special. A cute new sweater, like this #coffeeholic one found in a Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee (Nashville) store, would do the trick! Hang it up for now, and when you can finally pull that comfy knit over your head on the first morning of the time change, you might not even notice that you lost an hour of sleep. Follow your local Goodwill® on Instagram so you can rush down and snag cute scores as soon as they come in and stay on top of sales to earn your own daylight savings.

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    Does anyone else start to tune out their alarm clock after a while? I’ve systematically desensitized myself from all of the ringtones on my phone, so now my husband is left to shake me awake in the morning. Perhaps daylight savings time is just the right occasion for a new alarm clock. Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin (Menasha) pinned an image of a few different styles of clocks found in one of its stores, which reminded me how fun this necessary (albeit sometimes annoying) bedroom accessory can be. In a bright pink or as a vintage-style orange accent, this morning must-have can serve as functional décor, and with new donations coming into Goodwill stores every day, you won’t be bored by the variety. Don’t forget about the magic of paint or washi tape to update a boring black clock to match your bedroom’s mood.

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    Another challenge that comes with daylight savings, as parents will know, is the change in routine for little ones. Until kiddos can tell time, they rely entirely upon their body’s clock, which, unfortunately, doesn’t get the memo about daylight savings. Settling down while the sky is still light may be tricky, but Rhoda of the blog Southern Hospitality shared a nursery makeover that included Martha Stewart curtains found at Goodwill! They originally weren’t quite long enough for baby Jack’s window, but with a panel of fabric added to the bottom, his mom customized them to perfectly match the room while providing a stylish way to ease him into the time change.

    Goodwill organizations generate opportunities for people to build brighter futures for themselves and their families, even without an extra hour of daylight, and you support that mission every time you shop at or donate to your local store. So instead of feeling bummed out by the extra early morning this week, make it an occasion to celebrate. Happy thrifting!

    Julia Marchand
    is a home decor/DIY blogger at LITTLEroost. From her little roost in rural New England, fueled by coffee and fresh air, Julia blogs for Goodwill Industries International creating sustainable DIY, home decor, and fashion content from thrifted finds.
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