Clean Sweep – Living with Less Mess

Clean Sweep – Living with Less Mess

Draw the curtains and let the sun shine in because it’s time to do some spring cleaning. Wondering where to start or what to do with those household items you can’t wait to move on from?  We will be sharing some helpful tips on how and what to clean; along with getting the most out of your spring cleaning endeavors.

Science Behind Spring Cleaning  

Do you sometimes wonder why so many of us have the urge to tidy up or do our most detailed cleaning this time of year? You can thank biology for that. HowStuffWorks’ blog post Why Do We Traditionally Clean Our Homes At the Beginning of Spring explains that due to lack of sunlight exposure our bodies produce a hormone called melatonin that causes sleepiness in humans. Research shows that as the days grow longer and we are exposed to more sunlight we have more energy. Hence the reason we become more active in the warmer sun drenched months. With your replenished energy supply, you are free to tackle all of those cleaning and organizing tasks that have been pushed aside over the winter months.

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Cleaning SuppliesMost of us know that during winter months dust tends to settle and allergens can be trapped indoors due to lack of air movement and fresh air entering our homes. A great place to start your cleaning is dusting every nook and cranny. If you are a new homeowner or renter, try finding guidelines for your spring cleaning while tailoring them to your living space. HGTV has provided what seems like a fool-proof cleaning list to help guide you and ensure your home is left spotless. Click here to view their easy to follow cleaning checklist. We suggest keeping lists like this on hand year round. Consistently cleaning your home throughout the year will significantly lessen the amount of work you have to do come next spring.

Let’s Talk Minimalism.

Minimalism is growing in popularity. Some consider it just another bandwagon fad, yet others consider it a lifestyle choice. Those who have chosen to live with a more minimal mindset claim to be freed from the control of material items. In the end those individuals find they have less to clean and take care of. Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus expand upon minimalism and give helpful advice on how to live minimally on their website The Minimalists. Maybe you have thought about living a minimal lifestyle, your wardrobe could be a great place to start. If you decide to make a switch towards minimalism, you can donate your unwanted items to your local Goodwill.

At Goodwill Omaha the items you donate are either sold in our retail stores, or recycled. Keeping thousand of pounds of goods from going into the landfills. The sales from your donations directly support the employment services and programs we provide. In 2017 our employment services and mission programs served 1,797 people.

Declutter and Donate

A large part of spring cleaning is decluttering your space. Naturally, some areas of our home tend to become more cluttered than others. Trying to tackle clutter can be quite overwhelming for some of us. You’ll probably want to set up quick, efficient tasks similar to these tasks that Good Housekeeping has listed. Doing so will help guide you toward the end results you are seeking. We suggest going through the areas listed below and setting aside all of the items you no longer need, use, or want.

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  • Closets (clothing, linen, etc.)
  • Junk Drawers
  • Office Space
  • Pantries
  • Storage Rooms
  • Garage

 

Click here to view Goodwill Omaha’s acceptable donations guideline. You can donate those items at any of our conveniently located donation pods or donation centers. To find the location nearest you, click here.


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Written by: Josh Meyer • Marketing Specialist
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Spring Into Your New Look

Spring Into Your New Look

Spring is here and we will be seeing brighter days soon—though it may not seem true with this unpleasant April weather. Nonetheless it is time to start unpacking our spring clothes. You’ll most likely want to take some time to analyze your wardrobe. Are you holding onto garments that have served you well but now need a new home? What pieces are you missing from your selection to update your look? Today we’re going to share our newest addition to our Look Book—giving you some inspiration on how to update your spring wardrobe.

Spring Forward and Let Go.

Many of us hold onto things much longer than needed. Realizing what can go and what can stay in your closet will help you assess your needs for the upcoming seasons. The blog post Closet Hacks: How to Know When It’s Time to Donate Your Clothes gives you some good ideas on how to easily say goodbye to that pair of denim that you haven’t worn in two years. There’s probably at least one item in all of our closets that we haven’t touched in quite some time. Is it really worth keeping or could you benefit from something new in its place? This is the perfect time to evaluate your wardrobe and take out the old to bring in the new.

For those who are environmentally conscious—donating to Goodwill will keep your clothing out of the landfills. By donating to any of Goodwill’s conveniently located donation centers, you are directly supporting our programs in the community. Click here to find a donation center in your neighborhood.  

Dress Your Hangers.

First you need to evaluate your wardrobe and pinpoint your needs for the upcoming season. As a result, you will have some shopping to do! In our Spring Look Book we have put together some outfits that will have you ready for any occasion.  Click here to view our top picks for this season.

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One great benefit to shopping at Goodwill is that you can fully stock and expand upon your wardrobe without breaking the bank. Plus, you won’t feel so guilty come next year when you’re ready to move on to something else. You’ll be able to get a handful of items at the same price as one new item at the mall.

There are plenty of savvy shoppers out there who take full advantage of thrift markets. Likewise, we suggest you join in on the fun and savings. Shopping at your local Goodwill directly supports our programs and services in the community. Click here to learn more about the programs and services we provide to the Omaha metro and surrounding communities.

Mix and Match.

Finding garments that are versatile is a key component to building a great wardrobe. We suggest buying some staple garments that make you look and feel great. Whether you are dressing up or dressing down; primary, versatile clothing is a must for all wardrobes. Satisfy yourself. Focus on what works for you instead of constantly seeking the next best thing on all the online fashion sites. Doing so will give your wardrobe the substance you may be seeking. Check out The 9 Most Versatile Closet Staples to see what every woman needs in their closet. Not so fast gentlemen. Having versatile, staple pieces of clothing in your wardrobe applies to you as well. Here are 21 Things Every Man Should Have in His Closet. Take it from the gents at GQ, you’ll be thanking them later.

Items found in these blogs are just some of the styles you should be looking for at your local thrift store. By no means do you need to go spend hundreds of dollars on one single item to get these looks. Visit your favorite Goodwill retail location. Often while keeping your eyes peeled for good finds; you will almost always be able to find items that fall into these categories for a much better price. Keep in mind that our Look Book and other articles posted here are just guides to help inspire your creativity. Be yourself and embrace your own personal style—wear it with confidence.


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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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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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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!

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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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Freshen up your style with fresh new prices!

 

Srping outfitSpring is right around the corner, let Goodwill help you find a fresh new look for the new season! Even better – we are refreshing our pricing just in time to update your wardrobe! Starting today Goodwill be offering both $.49 and $.99 color of the week sales each every day.

Goodwill has something for everyone, children’s clothing to adult. Be sure to stop by one of our 17 stores to check out our ever changing selection of clothing.

Incorporate unique clothing to add some pep to your daily wardrobe, everything from a fashionable spring dress to a new pair of jeans. With these unbeatable sales, you’ll be sure to find something for every sty

Spring florals and fun pops of color complete this fresh look. All of this for just $8.97!!

Bargain shopping is not only good for your wallet but also good for the community.  We are more than just a neighborhood thrift store, all of the donations that Goodwill receives helps fund programs that allow individuals to gain the skills that they need to find a job. Male Spring Outfit

Goodwill changes lives and strengthens communities through education, training and work.

To learn more about how your donations impact the community go to www.goodwillomaha.org

Goodwill, good for you, great for the community!

 

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