Travis from West Orange, NJ, asks, “I hate when people ask me what I do for work. I like my job just fine, but most people think it’s boring and it usually grinds the conversation to a halt. What should I say?”
When I first spotted these three items at a Goodwill® near my studio, I thought I’d have two projects to share. I was going to paint the lamp base a shiny silver, add the magenta shade and call it a day. Then, when I thought about painting the walnut lamp base, it didn’t seem right; nor did it seem like it would improve the lamp in any way.
After consulting with my next door studio neighbor, who happens to be a talented stylist and designer, we decided on a project that included all three items in a high-impact bedside table arrangement that anyone would be proud to show off.
Every so often, I find a beautiful cigar box poised patiently on a thrift store shelf. It’s hard to pass up, knowing that these classic boxes have so much potential! I love their unique utility and aesthetic – they work so nicely in any shabby-chic or traditionally styled home. Plus, they cost next to nothing thanks to the low prices.
Josh from Battle Creek, MI, asks, “I’m the least organized person ever! I have hard time keeping track of what I’m supposed to do, and I’m afraid I’m going to forget something. How can you help?”
College students urged to donate responsibly; recognize social impact ROCKVILLE, MD — As the college school year comes to an end, students leaving campus often leave perfectly good clothing, electronics, books and furniture in overflowing campus dumpsters. With an estimated three million students living in campus housing at 2,100 colleges and universities nationwide, that is
People often joke with me as a professional organizer wondering if I can “fix” spouses and get them organized, but the truth is that I can’t. While I can certainly clear an area temporarily, I would not want to do it without someone’s permission. I also know that if a person doesn’t want to make changes to daily habits, the work will quickly become undone. Someone has to want to change and be ready before any kind of improvement program will work. Here are a couple of “typical” husband and wife zones that are excellent projects to start.
Got a new gadget over the holidays? Maybe it’s a beautiful new iPod, phone, or camera… and maybe the boxes, instructions and accessories are all over your desk and counter tops! The second Monday in January is National Clean Off Your Desk Day, so let’s clear this gadget debris. No more empty boxes, drawers and bins full of old cords and cables, and no more files full of obsolete manuals. Here’s my seven-step checklist for making sure your gadget has the best possible life.
Daniel Owens was recovering from a relapse of his bipolar illness and living in debt when he came to Goodwill in Medford, OR. There, he connected with training and financial stability programs that helped him return to the workforce, and gained the support to start his own video production company.
Aaron from Omaha, NE, asks, “I’m currently looking for full-time work. Because of a physical disability, I require some modifications to my workspace. At what point should I bring this up to my employer? I have good qualifications and want to make sure they give me a chance.”
Every year during the first full week of May, Goodwill agencies across the United States and Canada celebrate the power of work through local events and promotions. This year, we recognize the amazing journey taken by two of our program participants who have overcome challenges in their lives to make positive contributions to themselves, their