If clearing out clutter is one your to do list, there’s a second reason to get busy and start thinking about spring cleaning. Your donation of used clothing or household goods to Goodwill helps create jobs directly in your community. How powerful is that?
Stuff has been piling up in my house for three reasons:
1. I get a lot of products to review.
2. We buy newer releases (this applies to books, movies and electronics).
3. We’ve lost 70 pounds between us over the past 15 months.
Getting rid of the clutter is one of my 14 goals for 2014 and Spring is the perfect time to get it gone and help others at the same time. If you need help getting started Goodwill has resources to help us.
In addition to the how-to-guide above, here’s a plan to help all of us get organized and decluttered in just 7 days!
Day 1) Clear your closet clutter: It’s time for my husband and I to go through our closets and get rid of more clothes that no longer fit. I also have a problem collecting reusable bags (and shoes) and need to cut down on the volume no matter how cute!
Day 2) Time to tackle the kitchen: Our kitchen is small so there isn’t too much clutter but I do have utensils that are never used. Donating them will help others and give me more space.
Day 3) Spread holiday cheer (holiday decorations, center pieces, Halloween): I noticed last Christmas there was about a bin of decorations I never use anymore. I should donate them instead of having to wade through them again next December.
Day 4) Downsize your tech toys (used laptops): I don’t have a used laptop but lots of technology items that still have life in them but I’ve upgraded. These include a desktop computer with monitor, router, speakers, and Kindle.
Day 5) Clean out your office supplies: I don’t know how these build up, but they do. It’s time to go through and get rid of unused items.
Day 6) Provide quality entertainment (unused movies, video games): We have several DVDs that haven’t even been opened…after 2 years. If we’re not going to bother opening them, then they should get a new home!
Day 7) Downsize your bookshelf: This is a constant battle as I love books (yes despite also using a Kindle). Every year or two there’s another boxful of books that goes to our local Goodwill center.
Following the plan will bring joy for two reasons. The clutter is gone and you’ve helped others. You can even calculate the value of your donation for job search training.
Don’t miss the cute video below showing how donating stuff creates jobs!
This post was made possible through the support of Goodwill. All opinions are my own.