Rainy Day Activities Starting at Goodwill

They say that April showers bring May flowers, and with April just a few days away, it’s time to start thinking about some rainy day activities that will keep you entertained and occupied while you wait for the sun to start shining again. Goodwill is your one-stop shop for everything you need to be entertained during this rainy time of year. There is so much to choose from so grab your rain coat, umbrella, and boots, and get ready for a fun filled rainy day starting at your local Goodwill!

Play some board games!

Goodwill has a great selection of board games. You can find classics like Clue and Monopoly or play a new game like Cards Against Humanity or Scene it! No matter your choice, you’re sure to have a great time spending hours with your favorite board game.

Buy a movie!

The movie selection at Goodwill is unlike anything I have ever seen before. They have a huge variety, ranging from romance to comedy to children’s to horror films. You are sure to find a great movie at a great price!

Have a dance party with old CDs!

Like the movie selection, the CD selection at Goodwill is spectacular. Pull out your old boom box and get a few CDs from Goodwill. At the great prices they offer, you’re sure to find a lot of CDs to dance to for hours!

Have a scavenger hunt!

In a previous #ThriftyThursday blog post, we talked about having a scavenger hunt at Goodwill. Gather a list of random items, head to your local Goodwill, and have a blast spending hours and hours searching for your items.

Have a fashion show for under $5

Goodwill is full of great fashion finds for the whole family! Take a look around and create an outfit for under $5. You’ll spend hours trying to find the perfect outfit for the perfect price!

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Federal and Commerical Services — Community Matters/iHeart Radio — 3/20/16

Goodwill Omaha’s Tobi Mathouser spoke about the agency’s Federal and Commercial Services during an 11:30 minute interview on KFAB’s “Community Matters” program.  The segment will air on all five iHeart Radio stations throughout the week of 3/20/16.

Here’s the link … the Goodwill segment kicks-off the show:


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HireNebraska — WOWT — 3/24/16


WOWT’s 6:00 p.m. newscast on 3/24/16 featured Goodwill’s HireNebraska program!

Special thanks to Weber Orthodontics’ Dr. Tom Weber and Lindsey Kilgore for participating in this media opportunity!

FYI — Lindsey was one of Goodwill Omaha’s first HireNebraska participants and now works for Weber Orthodontics!

Goodwill … bringing the job seeker and business together!


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Throwback Movie Night- 3/10

Are you exhausted after a long week of work? Does it feel like you’ve been constantly moving for the past four days and haven’t had a chance to sit down and relax? Instead of going out on the town tonight, have a movie night! A movie night is a great way to relax while still being social. Do you only own movies you’ve seen a thousand times? Head over to your local Goodwill and check out their always evolving film collection. You’ll never know what throwback or new movie you’ll find! I headed over to my local Goodwill in search of some great flicks and let me tell you, I found some amazing ones!

101 Dalmatians:


Who doesn’t love cute dogs? This lovable cartoon is sure to leave everyone in a good mood after watching.

Toy Story 2:


Join Buzz, Woody, and the gang on their second adventure into the world of humans! Maybe make it a night of trilogies and watch all three of the Toy Story movies!



This two disc DVD edition of the Titanic comes with a lot of bonus footage that will have you watching for hours on end!

The Lizzie McGuire Movie


Although this movie may be targeted towards the younger generation, it has a great storyline and catchy soundtrack that will cause anyone to want to sing.



Robin Williams is a comical genius in this semi-animated tale about some lively green goo.

Home Alone


You don’t need to save this movie specifically for the holiday season. You’ll laugh at the trickery for hours on end.

Harriet the Spy


Who doesn’t love a good spy movie? This odd tale is sure to leave you wanting to do some investigating of your own!

The Wedding Singer


An Adam Sandler classic that is sure to pull on the heart strings and make you laugh until you cry.

Our Lips Are Sealed


Growing up, Mary Kate and Ashley were my idols. I owned all of their movies and did everything I could to be like them. When I saw this movie on the shelf, I had to buy it!


Now that you have movies in hand, invite over a couple of friends and round up all of the blankets in your home. Gather around the television, grab some popcorn, sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!


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9 Spring Cleaning Tips

The birds are starting to chirp, the snow is gone, and spring is just around the corner. With warm weather on the way, it’s time to start thinking about organizing your house and doing some spring cleaning. Spring cleaning is a topic that many people dread because, let’s face it, no one really likes to clean. Even though cleaning may be a drag, there are definitely ways to make it fun. Here are some tips on how to effectively complete your spring cleaning tasks while still having a good time!


Turn Up the Music

Before you even think about cleaning, make a motivational cleaning playlist with a lot of upbeat songs. Make the playlist as long as possible so you never have a song repeat. This will help you keep your spirits high and stay motivated to keep going. Plus, if you make the playlist efficiently, you’ll be singing and dancing while you’re cleaning, which will just make it a lot more fun.

Take it one room at a time

You may live in a huge house or a one bedroom apartment; but no matter the size of your home, it seems like all of your stuff piles up. Start in one room of your house and work your way around, one room at a time. When you focus in one room, it’s much easier to remain determined and not get overwhelmed by the amount of items you have piling up.

Work your way down

When in every room, start by getting rid of items you no longer use or need. After these items are out of the room, dust anything that is not on the floor (i.e. frames, ceiling fans, shelves). Work your way down from the ceiling and wipe everything down. Once everything is wiped down, finish up by vacuuming so all of the dust that has fallen will officially be history.

Delete the repeats

Everyone has repeats in their house. Maybe you have three sets of measuring cups or four of the same exact t-shirt. Spring cleaning is the perfect time to really look at everything you own and get rid of any multiples. This will open up your home and open up space for when you start accumulating more items.

One in, one out

When going through your house, follow the Goodwill Golden Rule- one in, one out. Whenever you get a new item, you need to get rid of an item you already own. Did you get new stuff for the holidays? For every new item you’ve gotten in the past six months, remove an item from your house. You will be amazed at how de-cluttered your house feels once you begin following this rule every day.

Everything needs a place

If you’re anything like me, you tend to pile things up so it looks like it’s clean. This is a bad habit because it really doesn’t clean your house and just makes it look cluttered. If you see a pile forming on your desk or night stand, get rid of it. The easiest way to make sure you don’t have piles is to make sure everything has a place that is on a surface and not placed on top of another similar item (i.e. books, movies, boxes). Once everything has a place, make sure to keep it there and get rid of anything that doesn’t.

Love it or lose it

Take a look in your closet and around your house, do you have clothes or décor that you like but don’t love? If there are items in your house that you wouldn’t go to the store and buy today, it’s time to say goodbye and let someone else enjoy them.

Be strong and don’t give in

I am guilty of being one of those people who keeps something around because I think I might end up needing it or wanting to wear/use it in the future even if I haven’t touched it in the past six months. When spring cleaning, you need to be strong and be rational. If it hasn’t been worn in a year or you forgot that you owned it, it’s time to part ways.

Donate it, don’t trash it

Goodwill loves this time of year because everyone is getting rid of items they no longer want in their house. Instead of throwing it to the curb to be taken to the dump, drive it over to your local Goodwill and donate it. Your items will brighten someone’s day and go to good use once they’re donated.Donate Clothes Isolated On White

See, spring cleaning isn’t bad at all! Now that you’ve de-cluttered your house, you can finally feel at ease knowing your house is clean and you didn’t spend weeks on end feeling overwhelmed by the process. Now that you have all your used items boxed up and ready to go, take a drive to your local Goodwill and we’ll take care of the rest!


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