Seven Spring Cleaning Tips From Goodwill®

Declutter, Donate and Shop at Goodwill to Give a Fresh Start to Someone in Your Community
ROCKVILLE, MD — It’s an annual rite of spring. As warmer weather arrives, most Americans will take time to declutter and spruce up their homes. A 2017 poll by Sparefoot, a self-storage industry news site, found that 78 percent of Americans plan to do some spring cleaning, spending an average of four days on the process. And more than half of all Americans (57 percent) will shop for new spring clothing, according to a 2016 poll by the International Council of Shopping Centers.
As you reorganize your closets and refresh your wardrobe, give people in your local community a fresh start by shopping at and donating to Goodwill.
“Spring is a time to refresh and renew. But you can’t have anything new and useful and beautiful come into your life if you don’t have room for it,” said Lorie Marrero, bestselling author of The Clutter Diet and The Home Office Handbook. “I love donating my clothing and household goods to Goodwill because I know that, not only is the person purchasing that item going to enjoy it, but the revenue is going directly to create opportunities for someone in my community—my own neighbors—to find jobs.”
Goodwill’s network of 162 independent, community-based organizations provide job placement and training services, career counseling, financial education and mentoring programs in their local communities. Goodwill organizations help people with disabilities and disadvantages, veterans and military families, youth and young adults, older workers, and others facing challenges to finding employment.
As the spring cleaning season arrives, Goodwill has these seven suggestions for shopping and donating to make a positive impact in your local area.


Clear out your basement, attic, garage and closets. Find storage bins, baskets and shelves at your local Goodwill to help you get organized. Challenge everyone in your family to find ten items to donate.


Visit your local Goodwill to collect books for summer reading, or vintage vinyl records for the perfect spring soundtrack. Need some motivation for spring cleaning? After every song on your playlist, move to another area of the room.

  1. GROW

Make your garden grow. Stop by your Goodwill store for shovels, rakes, flower pots and planters. Sow the seeds of change in your community when you donate or shop.

  1. PLAY

Goodwill is your spring sports center. Look for basketballs, baseball mitts, tennis rackets and golf clubs. Be a game changer in your community by shopping at Goodwill.

  1. FIND

Find trend-setting prints and patterns at Goodwill this spring. Look for stripes, plaids and polka dots, or floral and tribal motifs. Throw a twist in your style with an asymmetrical, crisscross or square neckline.


Build your spring wet-weather wardrobe at Goodwill with stylish slickers, high-gloss galoshes and awesome umbrellas. Or ride out the downpours indoors, curled up with a classic book or DVD found at Goodwill.


Make it your business to give someone else a fresh start. Share your success by donating your professional work wear to Goodwill.
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Goodwill Industries International (GII) is a network of 162 community-based, autonomous organizations in the United States and Canada with a presence in 13 other countries. GII is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that is recognized by GuideStar with its Platinum Seal of Approval, the organization’s highest rating for charities. GII was also ranked by Enso as the #1 brand doing the most good in the world for two consecutive years, and was the only nonprofit brand rated in Forbes’ 20 most inspiring companies for three consecutive years. Local Goodwill organizations are innovative and sustainable social enterprises that create job training programs, employment placement and other community-based programs by selling donated clothing and household items in more than 3,300 stores collectively and online at®. Local Goodwill organizations build revenues and create jobs by contracting with commercial, state, government and non-government organizations to provide a wide range of business services, including janitorial, manufacturing, warehousing and distribution, packaging, assembly, food preparation, document management, grounds keeping and administrative services. In 2016, local Goodwill organizations collectively placed more than 313,000 people in employment in the United States and Canada. In addition, more than 35 million people used computers and mobile devices to access Goodwill education, training, mentoring and online learning services to strengthen their skills, and more than 2 million people received in person services.
For more information or to find a Goodwill location near you, use the online locator at or call (800) GOODWILL. Follow us on Twitter: @GoodwillIntl and @GoodwillCapHill, and find us on Facebook and Instagram: GoodwillIntl.
Malini Wilkes
Public Relations and Multimedia Manager
Goodwill Industries International
Phone: (240) 333-5523
[email protected]