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Seven Days of Spring Cleaning

#7DaysofSpringCleaningI know you’re itching to dive into spring with a bit of sunshine and a #SpringClear closet. To get this year’s spring cleaning season off to a fresh start, I present the Seven Days of Spring Cleaning Guide, making it easier than ever to clean out your home and make a difference here in the DC area by donating your used goods.

It only takes a bit of time each day to make a difference in decluttering your home. You’ll be surprised at how quickly those donations pile up! You might even need to make two trips to your nearest Goodwill store to drop off those goodies!

Ready to start a week of decluttering? Let’s go!

Day 1: In honor of St. Patrick’s Day…before you put on that green sweater, go through your closet and remove any clothing you no longer wear. Here’s a good rule: if you haven’t worn it in the last 365 days, you probably don’t need it!

Day 2: As you’re cooking dinner, take 15 minutes to go through your kitchen cabinets and find things you don’t use. You know that our local Goodwill stores are packed with useful kitchen gadgets and essentials—many of them nearly new!

Day 3: Go through your seasonal holiday décor and donate what you no longer use. That Halloween ghost statue you haven’t displayed since the late 90s? It’s time to let it go. While you’re going through seasonal items, don’t forget to look through your family’s old Halloween costumes and donate those to Goodwill too. I love a good costume, no matter the season.

Day 4: Technology changes fast and many people have tech toys, used computers and computer accessories lying around the house. Goodwill accepts working e-readers, tablets and other electronic items as donations, and our Reconnect partnership with Dell gives you a way to recycle of non-working computers.

Day 5: If you have a home office, see if you have any office supplies that you don’t need. Clear your desk of unneeded backpacks, notebooks or binders. Revel in your newfound productivity.

Day 6: The seven days are almost done! But before you congratulate your decluttering efforts, take a minute to investigate the rest and relaxation or entertainment area in your home. How many DVDs do you own that you’ll probably never watch again? CDs, DVDs, Blu-Ray discs, video games—they’re all donate-able.

Day 7: Finally, take one last look at your bookshelf. Done with those paperbacks or cookbooks? Haul ‘em over to Goodwill!

You can do it! When we take the right approach, spring cleaning can actually be fun. And don’t forget to share before-and-after photos of your hard work. If you’re ready to #SpringClear with Goodwill, you could be a winner! (I already think you’re a winner for supporting Goodwill. But, you know, prizes are nice!)

P.S. Check the #7DaysofSpringCleaning hashtag to see what other Goodwill shoppers around the country are finding to donate from their closets and cupboards!

Click here for your nearest DC Goodwill store and donation center.

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1 Comment for Seven Days of Spring Cleaning

Antionette Blake
March 17, 2014

Excellent tips, I need to go through my winter clothing and donate anything that I didn’t wear last or this year! Happy St. Patty’s Day!

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