How to Make More Room for New Stuff

One of my favorite ways to save time is to shop online, yet one of my least favorite jobs is breaking down the cardboard boxes that show up when my stuff is delivered! And while I love to get new things, I also follow the “One In, One Out” rule, so for everything new, something else gets donated to Goodwill®.

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How to Turn Toys from the Past into Jobs of the Future

Every holiday season, it seems there's a new toy, game or device that has parents making a mad dash to the mall. While some of those holiday favorites live on for years, others fall by the wayside faster than you can say “Happy New Year!” Luckily, Goodwill® has been available to turn the items in your land of forgotten toys (formerly known as your basement or garage) into job training and employment services for the community. Let's take a look at some of the most memorable and sought-after holiday toys of the last 20 years and how they can make a difference today.

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Five Apps All Busy Families Need

The majority of adults in the United States have smartphones, but are we really being smart with them? Read about five categories of apps you need to get you started organizing your busy life.

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Seven Steps to an Organized Staycation

It’s mid-summer already, and your summer vacation is not going entirely as planned? No problem, just regroup and figure out how to make the best of what’s left! If you can’t take a big trip somewhere else, maybe you can take a “staycation” and even get a few things done around the house.

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Simplify Spring Cleaning

It’s finally time for some spring cleaning! I know it sounds crazy, but I honestly wait all year for this. Nothing feels better than donning a well-worn tee shirt, sweats, and a pair of rubber gloves, then setting to work with a spray bottle in hand. If this process seems a little daunting to you, though, here are a few ways to simplify your spring cleaning.

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Spring Cleaning: Do You Have a Disposal Plan?

Do you have a disposal plan? Lorie Marrero shares her tips for creating one so you know what to do with all the clutter you are clearing!

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Spring Cleaning: Goodwill’s One-Week Plan to Cutting Clutter

For each day of the week leading up to the first day of spring (March 20), commit to cleaning out just one part of your house and finding something you can donate. At the end of the week, visit the Donate Movement website to calculate just how much of an impact your donations will have. Use the #7DaysofSpringCleaning hashtag to share your spring cleaning adventures with Goodwill and friends.

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Goodwill® Sale Delivers Five Great Reasons to Declutter Your Closet

Getting organized is about making decisions, and sometimes we need help figuring out when to let go of that sweater, shirt or dress that never quite fit. Here are some things to consider as you’re deciding what to donate during the Goodwill Sale, taking place March 13 – 29.

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Organizing Tips for Undecking the Halls this Holiday Season

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” and decorations and lights are a big part of what makes the holiday season feel so special. Here are some tips on organizing those decorations to make the days more merry and bright! As you deck the halls this year, keep in mind that what goes up must come down. The more elaborate you make your home, the more time it’s going to take when you put things away later

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Get Organized for Your Next Big Move

Moving is always considered one of the most stressful experiences we can have. However, if you are going to be moving soon, I challenge you to think of moving as an opportunity instead-- an opportunity to streamline your life! Packing requires you to physically touch every item you own. As you sort your stuff, you have the opportunity to make a decision about each thing. When else do you get this kind of "day of reckoning" with your stuff? Make it a goal to move into your new place with only the things you use and love and value the most. You will have more storage space available, less stuff to maintain and worry about, and an amazing feeling of freedom!

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