This post was made possible through the support of Goodwill. All opinions are my own.
I have a hard time putting into words how I feel about material items. There are days when I really want to leave the modern world, get rid of all my stuff and just live off the land. But there are other days when I thoroughly enjoy the rush I get from buying some frivolous item from the dollar bin at Target. But for the most part, I try to make sure everything I own has at least a dual purpose so that I feel as if I am getting the most out of it I possibly can.
So when it comes time to part ways with my material items, I want to make sure they are going somewhere beneficial. If there is still some good life in an item, I will never just throw it in the trash or recycling bin without first playing matchmaker between the item and a potential new owner. Sometimes I keep items that I no longer use for much longer than I probably should simply because I can't find someone who could take them off my hands.
Thankfully, there are organizations like Goodwill that are really doing something with all those unwanted items out there in the world. And guess what? Right now if you donate items during the Goodwill's #7DaysofSpringCleaning campaign, your items will be serving that dual purpose I love so much. Your donated items will be helping in two ways: 1) Goodwill will sell your items at a reasonable cost to people who need them and then 2) they will use the money earned to provide job training for people who need it.
Check out this video that explains it a little better:
Cleaning out your closet or kitchen cabinets might be a little bit easier now that you know what your stuff is capable of doing out there in the big ol' world, huh? I know it is for me. Plus, there is a very wonderful satisfaction that comes with being able to see the closet floor every once in a while.
Oh, and if you want to see exactly how much of an impact your donations will make, you can use Goodwill's Donation Impact Calculator. It calculates how many hours of career counseling will be available by how much you donate.
If you are interested in donating to Goodwill, you can locate the nearest drop off point at their website using the locator map on their website.
And if you need any help in getting started, check out Goodwill's quick snapguide on how to declutter your home at http://snapguide.com/guides/clean-your-home-and-create-jobs/
Your newly decluttered home will not only give you a feeling of accomplishment, but it will also be helping your community. Donate Stuff. Create Jobs. Great motto.