GOODWILL OFFERS CLUTTER-BUSTING TIPS FOR SPRING CLEANING
SAN ANTONIO - With spring underway, it's time to get our homes tidied up and decluttered. When it's time to begin spring cleaning, start with a few empty boxes to fill and take to Goodwill.
Donating items to Goodwill not only leads to organized closets and shelves, but donations also support Goodwill programs that help prepare and place individuals for employment. Last year Goodwill helped more than 50,000 individuals in 24 counties throughout Southwest Texas find or further their careers through training, education, coaching, and job matching, along with support services that help people stay employed.
The non-profit organization offers these tips for clearing out commonly cluttered areas this spring.
The closet: whether it’s an overflowing clothes closet or an overstuffed hallway closet, take some time to create some space in there and make it more manageable. For items from clothes to knick-knacks and sporting equipment, ask yourself if you’ve used it within the last year. If you haven’t and the item is still in good condition, put it in the Goodwill box.
The bookshelf: if you are a reader, chances are you’ve accumulated some books that you will probably never read again. When it’s time to part with ones you are done with, remember that Goodwill accepts books too.
The home office: Goodwill also accepts computers and related equipment, responsibly recycling and refurbishing more than a million pounds of technology hardware each year. Goodwill accepts donations of used computers and related peripheral equipment of any brand, in any condition, at all of its retail stores and donation centers.
Children’s bedrooms: spring is a great time to get rid of winter clothing that the kids will outgrow by the next time the season comes around. In addition to clearing out clothing that’s no longer needed, give each child a box and ask them to fill it with toys they no longer play with. Explain that by giving household items to Goodwill, the things they don’t need anymore will actually help other people in our community.
Other areas of the house: Goodwill takes furniture, dishes, house wares, and any other items that help make a house a home. If it’s time to freshen up your home’s look, remember to take any décor or furnishings you no longer need to your local Goodwill Donation Station.
By donating to Goodwill, you are also participating in one of San Antonio’s longest-running recycling programs. Goodwill recycles more than 13 million pounds of clothes, computers, appliances, household items, furniture, toys, books and other items each year, keeping still usable goods out of local landfills.
Donations of household items are always needed at Goodwill. Furniture, dishes, brand-name clothing, small household appliances, decorative items, books and toys are especially needed right now. All donors receive a tax receipt for their contributions.
Goodwill collects donated items seven days a week at its 18 stores and 25 Donation Stations throughout San Antonio, New Braunfels, Seguin and Laredo. For more information or to find your nearest donation center please call 210-924-8581 or visit www.goodwillsa.org.
About Goodwill Industries of San Antonio
Serving San Antonio since 1945, Goodwill helps change lives through the power of work. When you shop or donate at Goodwill, you’re funding educational programs and services that assist people in finding better jobs and building careers. Together with the support of our generous community, partners and employers, Goodwill provides employment, training, educational opportunities and related services to more than 50,000 individuals each year. In addition to operating 18 retail stores, more than 25 donation stations and 10 Good Careers Centers in San Antonio, New Braunfels, Seguin, Laredo and surrounding areas, Goodwill operates 4 Good Careers Academies and handles 17 contracts for services ranging from document management to grounds maintenance.