Out with the old! It’s that time of year for a little spring cleaning. Now is the perfect time to go through your closet for clothing items that you haven’t worn since 2002. Spring Cleaning can be a therapeutic and rewarding experience. I feel so much better having created some space in my home and donating it to a good cause. In 2010 I posted Sell Something and I talked about selling items at the flea market. Here in Episode #134 we’re focusing more on charity and the spirit of giving. I donated about 60 items to the local GCF, which stands for Goodwill Community Foundation (bka The Goodwill). I have NO excuse, being that I only live 1.2 miles (I measured it) from the GCF.
The company TOMS shoes donates one pair of shoes to a child in need for every pair of shoes purchased. That’s a great cause, but this time I didn’t feel like I needed to spend money to donate. I just needed to get my butt off the couch and emotionally disconnect with some of the millions of shoes and clothes that I have. In the video I feel like I sounded a little bitter towards TOMS, but I didn’t mean to come across that way. Again, I was focusing on giving and not spending. I just love win-win situations and donating to the GCF is one of those win-win opportunities. They use proceeds from sales to provide jobs and job training. They also support other private, nonprofit social service organizations in achieving these same goals with grants of cash, materials and equipment.
When making your donations, here are a couple of things to remember.
1. Make sure you wash or dry clean your clothes before donating them in.
2. Do not leave them sitting outside the Goodwill doors. Go during regular hours of operation and take it to the donation doors (typically on the side of the building).
3. Do not donate broken, torn, or soiled items. Make sure it reusable.
Become Better lessons:
1. It is better to give than to receive.
2. Helping others and making a difference doesn’t always include spending or donating money.
In the video you can see my new 2 Words: Become Better sign by Jennie from the Blocks. She sells custom signs and other really cool items. Stop by her site and say hello.