Getting Organized: The 3 Biggest Maintenance Mistakes

 

Getting organized is one thing, but staying organized is quite another! Here are three of the biggest mistakes I see people making as they organize any space, whether it is a closet, kitchen, laundry room, garage or bedroom.

  1. NO STRATEGY: Approaching a project with a “hurry up, clean it up” mentality, you are not thinking through the systems needed to keep the space running smoothly. You can “clean up” a laundry room by just throwing everything in cabinets to get it off the floor, and it looks better. But to keep it organized and be able to find what you need, you must think through who is using the space and what functions are happening there. A laundry room needs to have clothes put through cycles of sorting, pre-treating, washing, drying, folding and ironing. You may need to manage recycling or pet care duties in this space as well. Set up zones for each function, and think through the tasks required to maintain each zone.
  2. NO OWNERSHIP: Even if you’ve identified the maintenance tasks, they still may not get done if you don’t know who is supposed to do them. We often hear, “I thought you were going to do that!” and “No, I thought you were supposed to do it.” When there isn’t clarity on ownership, everyone thinks someone else is going to do it, and the task simply doesn’t get done.
  3. NO OUTBOX: Your office desk and your email apps have inboxes and outboxes. Does your house have an outbox? In my house, we call it a Donation Station. A good Donation Station is located in a closet, a spot in the garage or an out-of-the-way corner — whatever works for you and your family so you can set aside items you’ve decided you no longer need. The purpose is to have a place to corral all of those decisions as soon as you make them, giving them less chance of getting mixed back into your stuff again. Keep some containers you don’t mind giving away there, like paper grocery or shopping bags or boxes. When the containers are full, put them in your car for your next trip to Goodwill®!

Establishing habits is key to maintaining your organized spaces. Systems and routines — like keeping the laundry, dishes, and cooking operations going on a daily basis — are the foundation of home organization. Create a strategy for having solid morning and evening routines each day and other specific jobs done weekly to give you the long-term results you want from your efforts!

Finally, don’t forget to revisit the systems you’ve created. Few things are perfect the first time. Most systems and spaces need a little tweaking here and there, particularly because life goes on and things do change. When your life changes, your systems must change with it. When that happens, it’s a great time to donate to Goodwill.

Kids growing up and leaving home, changing careers, moving to another house, divorces, breakups or weddings — all of these life changes mean new stuff, new priorities and new perspectives. When your old stuff no longer reflects your life, donating it to Goodwill means you are helping someone in your community receive services and opportunities like job training, job placement, financial literacy classes or résumé writing assistance so they can build a lifelong connection to work.

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Spring Has Sprung! Rejuvenate Your Look with Fresh Finds at Goodwill®

Each new season is a chance for a refresh and, like the world outside that is bursting with buds and blooms, a colorful revamp can rejuvenate your home on the inside, too. With Easter right around the corner, here are some new springtime ideas for your halls, walls and wardrobe, too.

 

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This upside-down wine glass Easter display that I found on Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth’s (TX) Easter Headquarters Pinboard is both brilliant and beautiful. I can’t believe I’ve never thought of this! Functioning now as both a terrarium-type display and a tea-light holder, this thrifted stemware gets a whole new use. It’s darling with Easter grass and candy eggs inside, but I’m also picturing themed arrangements of seashells in the summer, fallen leaves for autumn, and — dare I say it? — tinsel and ornaments when winter rolls around again. It’s lovely as a table centerpiece, but it could also cheerfully greet guests on an entry hall table.

 

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Kimberly from A Night Owl blog did a lovely DIY round-up, too! Her post 10 Spring and Easter Goodwill Projects has so many sunny ideas inspired by this vibrant season. This floral thrifted picture frame display gives a backyard party such a whimsical touch, but can you imagine it inside on a wall, too? What a fun way to brighten up your home for a brunch. I can’t think of a better place to snap a selfie. Click through for more ideas and to get a better look at the floral frame display. Goodwill® is an entrepreneurial leader, environmental pioneer and social innovator in the “reduce, reuse, repurpose” practice, and these reimagined frames are the perfect example of that.

 

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Whether you work hard to stay in style or you’re feeling stuck in a rut, you’ll love these tips from Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands South Carolina (Greenville)’s blog. Its Spring Fashion: How to Look Luxe on a Budget post has some easy rules that will inspire your shopping, not stifle it. My favorite? Save on clothing, splurge on accessories. Why? To get the most use possible out of a high-priced item, it has to be something you can wear every day this spring. You can only don a cute dress or skirt once a week without raising eyebrows, but a designer bag, shoes or jewelry can be worn again and again.

In the ensemble above, Dulce has thrifted a shirt several sizes too large and belted it as a dress. Grabbing a great deal on clothing items frees up your budget for higher-priced accessories. Of course, don’t forget to check the shoe section as well as under the counter at Goodwill. Designer items get donated all the time, so there’s a chance you could save money by thrifting this whole outfit!

What are your favorite spring home and style insights this season? Do you have any great ideas for Easter decor or bright wardrobe updates? However you choose to celebrate the season, enjoy!

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Goodwill Scavenger Hunt

Does the snowy and cold weather make you sad? Does it seem like summer will never come and you’ll never see the sun again? Are you constantly asking yourself what you can do when the weather makes your face hurt? Try a Goodwill Scavenger Hunt! It’s a great way to spend a couple of hours and a little competition always makes things more exciting. It’ll be a fun experience for the whole family!

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Before heading to your local Goodwill, make a list of random items that you can find at thrift stores. There’s a sample at the end of this post to give you some ideas! The list can range from a specific article of clothing to a VHS tape that you watched when you were a kid. You should include about 20 – 30 items so you’ll be spending a good part of your day at the store. Each person can either have the same or a different list, depending on how ambitious you’re feeling. If you want to make it even more exciting, allow your scavenger crew to go to multiple stores in order to complete their list. Once your lists are made up, give it to each participant and head over to your local Goodwill to let the games begin!

The goal of the scavenger hunt is to find each item, take a picture of it, and be the first one to finish your list. The winner can receive a prize of your choice or just have the satisfaction of knowing they won.

Goodwill Hunting List

  • Red shoes
  • Stuffed dog
  • Phone with a chord
  • Santa Clause
  • Something blue and fuzzy
  • Peace Signs
  • Bunnies
  • Something that makes you LOL
  • Desk chair
  • A movie you’ve never heard of
  • Throwback CD
  • Valentine’s Day item
  • A doll that may be haunted
  • 1000 piece puzzle
  • Green belt
  • St. Patrick’s Day item
  • Something you’d find at your grandparents’ house
  • Purple t-shirt
  • Stripes
  • An item describing where you want to go on vacation
  • An obscure painting
  • Something with glitter
  • Something that rolls
  • A cookbook with a recipe you want to try
  • A funny mug
  • A dress for a wedding
  • Goodwill Hunting (pun intended)
  • The smallest pair of jeans you have ever seen
  • Fanny pack
  • A keyboard
  • A statue you’d want to display in your bedroom
  • A new centerpiece for your kitchen table
  • Zebra print

It is now time to let the games begin! Bundle up the family or grab some friends and head to your local Goodwill. A warm store full of treasure and fun is waiting for you!

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#ThriftyThursday – Happy Mother’s Day from our Blair store!

Mother’s Day is this Sunday – but don’t panic if you haven’t found the perfect gift yet.  Goodwill is here to help!

Is your mom a fashionista?  Pick her out a cute jacket or name-brand bag.  Goodwill is full of surprise finds that will make your mom feel like a million bucks – without breaking the bank.

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This name-brand bag is like-new and costs $59.99.  The stylish jacket, from Delia’s, was only $.99!

If you aren’t sure of your mom’s size, get her some jewelry!  All of stores have a wide selection, from statement pieces to timeless classics.  These necklaces cost $3.99 (bottom) and $5.99 (top).

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Maybe your mom is more of a hobbyist.  Goodwill is a great place to find items to fit her needs.

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This yarn, for the mom who knits, is only $1.99 a bundle.  A vast variety of cookbooks range in price, starting at $1.99.

Who doesn’t love a little salty and sweet snack?  While I wouldn’t recommend getting your mom ONLY candy, some chocolate and popcorn would be a great addition to your mother’s gift. 20140507_081251

Sometimes it can be difficult to decipher what moms really want.  Goodwill has the solution for that problem, too – gift cards!

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Goodwill is the perfect place to find an awesome Mother’s Day present, because the proceeds of you purchase go to help our Employment and Training programs.  Mom can be proud to wear her new jacket or knit with her colorful yarn knowing that her gift will help someone in our community find a job and improve their life.  WOW your MOM on Sunday and get her a great gift with a great purpose!

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Earth Day projects!

We were at Earth Day Omaha this weekend making repurposed t-shirt bags.  These bags are always a hit, because they are so simple and everyone has old t-shirts laying around.

In case you missed it, here is the bag tutorial from last year.

 

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Repurposed t-shirt bags

In addition to the bags, we have a few other crafts that we’ve done throughout the years.

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Loop Scarf

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Headband

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Tank top

 

Enjoy!

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