Spring Cleaning is in the air! #DonateStuffCreateJobs

Its been a long winter. A LONG winter.

To say we’re ready for spring around here is a huge understatement! We’re ECSTATIC its spring and everything it brings — even allergies and spring cleaning! This week, I’m  carving out time to tackle our closets and get everyone ready for spring!

The kids in particular have closets just FULL of things that don’t fit! They’re growing like weeds and it feels like everything in their closets is too small. I need to go through their closets and really purge all that out of there. We also have outgrown toys, bikes, and more.

I have a three pronged strategy.

  • Sort & Toss: First off is going through the kids rooms and sorting out the trash. I don’t know about you, but my kids collect trash – literally TRASH – in their rooms. Not to mention the stained and torn clothes, broken toys and ripped books. First thing I need to do is plow through all that and figure out what’s worth saving and what’s not!
  • Yard Sale! Our daughter’s school is having a community yard sale to raise money for the school. We’re renting out a table to sell a few pieces of furniture and some old small appliances. Its a great way to support the school while getting rid of what we don’t need!
  • Goodwill: For everything we’re not selling (like kids clothes) and whatever doesn’t get picked up at the yard sale, we’re donating to Goodwill.


Donate to Goodwill and help your community

Did you know that donating one bag of clothing and one bag of books can equal up to 2.3 hours of on-the-job training for someone in your community? Add to that a used lamp, a dusty computer and perhaps a box of DVDs and CDs, and that number nearly doubles to 5.2 hours. A simple item donated to Goodwill® can help provide job training programs, employment placement services and other community-based programs for people who have disabilities, lack education or job experience, or face other challenges to finding employment. In fact, Goodwill is the leading nonprofit provider of job training programs and career services in the United States and Canada. Thanks to the programs and support services made possible by donations of clothes and household items, more than 261,000 people earned jobs in 2013 – that’s one person finding a job every 27 seconds of every business day.

About Melissa

Melissa is founder of Girlymama and co-founder of the mom fashion blog, All Things Chic. You can also find her designing blogs at Eliza Grace Design and on Twitter as Melissa Angert.