Last Christmas I shared how many of you tackle the clutter and avoid overloading gifts with your kids by doing regular clean ups and donating items that are no longer loved and being used often. One thing I love to do is take a bag or box to Goodwill because not only do I get to give an item a new lease on life, but because there are so many other benefits as well. For example did you know that Goodwill actually helps fund job training and placement opportunities for people with disabilities or disadvantages in your community?
If you’re ready to tackle some summer-is-here decluttering in your home, this is a great time. But don’t just pitch it to the curb. Invest in your community by donating your items, tax-deductible, to your local Goodwill! Work with your kids to gather up gently used toys that they don’t play with anymore, clothes or shoes they have grown out of, and household and electronics in good working condition. Locate your nearest Goodwill drop-off center using their map and search features. Then, you can actually calculate how much your donation will hep your local community with Goodwill’s Donation Impact Calculator. I mean, how cool is that?
Teaching our kids to serve others can be a powerful tool for improving our communities long-term so get them involved in the decluttering process! Why not challenge your family to fill a box this week that you can take to Goodwill, knowing it will be put to good use.