GLAD for GOODWILL #Donate4Good

You have probably followed my sister Jenn’s process of selling her house, over the past few months.  Moving is a great incentive to get rid of excess “stuff” – first by getting your house ready to sell, then by packing everything, then by unpacking and deciding what to do with everything.  

We went through the whole process ourselves 2.5 years ago, and it was great. We had just finished with the baby phase with our youngest, so we got rid of SO MUCH STUFF. I loved the minimalist decorating tips from the home stager, and tried to continue with that in our new house. And for a while, it was great – new, clean and bright. But somehow, over the last 2 years, the “stuff” has slowly made its way back into our lives!! I don’t know how, but it did! And with the busyness of the school year, I don’t get around to tackling closets and piles as much as I should, so they just grow and grow.

So I was very excited when GLAD asked us to talk a bit about their donation program for Goodwill, Donate4Good. What a great incentive to get some of the problem areas of our house back in shape! If I take an embarrassing “before” picture, I will be motivated to take an amazing “after” one, right?

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Glad is committed to sustainability and strongly believes in the importance of waste diversion. They are teaming up with Goodwill in Toronto and the GTA to help drive donations for their Donate4Good program. GLAD will be stationed at 5 Loblaws locations across the GTA to pick up donations. Select neighbourhoods will also have door-to-door bag deliveries to help you get ready before your local Loblaws drop off date.  And, this is the cool part, for every GLAD bag returned with clothing and other gently-used items, GLAD will donate $1.50 to Goodwill! So not only will your items stay out of landfills, they will also help those in need, and help raise money for Goodwill!! This is win-win for everyone involved!

So…back to my room. I tend to make sure the rest of the house gets a good cleaning, but close the door to my own bedroom. I’m sure that’s what we all do… who is going to look there, right? There are a few problem areas – beside my bed, by the dresser, and my closet.

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My closet is a very large closet, but contains not only clothes, but boxes of teaching supplies, bags and bags of toys/birthday gifts, and other random items. The after is still pretty full, but much more organized!Closet

 All my little piles and collections of clutter have been dealt with! So clean and fresh and bright!

 Room

After two days of on & off cleaning, I ended up with lots to throw out, lots to donate, and lots more space!

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For more information, visit www.glad.ca and www.goodwill.on.ca

 So go ahead and clean out your closets or cluttered rooms and donate anything you no longer need! You are not only helping yourself, but you are helping others! Feel free to share some progress pics of your own!

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Marya R

I live in Bowmanville, and am a mom to four young boys - it can get a little loud in my house. I am a Christian, a part-time French teacher, a piano teacher and former homeschooler. I love finding the best deals, which will come in handy when our boys become hungry teenagers! We just moved to a house with more outdoor space, and I'm still getting used to life in the country (a walk around the block is a lot longer here!).

12 comments

  1. What a great program! We have a ton of stuff we need to donate!

  2. I did not know GLAD was doing that! Super to know! Great write up and I don’t think the after of the closet is too bad.

  3. I love that they’re doing this! I just went through my closet and donated 16 bags of clothes to Goodwill!

  4. There’s a huge difference. I love your clutter free room.

  5. You did a great job. How nice of Glad to do this campaign. I love it when companies give back.

  6. We don’t have Glad thrash bags here, only cling wraps :-) It’s nice that they have durable bags like that to keep those stuff in place.

  7. I just recently was able to give our room a deep clean too. After having the babe almost four months ago our room was also the last stop for cleaning. Doesn’t it feel awesome when it’s done? I even sleep better with less clutter. The best was when my 3 y old walked in and expressed, ‘Mommy’s room clean.’ What I really need is tips on keeping it this way!

  8. Donating a $1.50 is quite generous! This is a nice program that GLAD has come up with. I love browsing the Goodwill…you never know what you will find in there.

  9. Looks like a great campaign over all. It is always great when you give back to the society. Glad is doing a great job & we would love to donate a lot of stuff too.

  10. We just moved last week and actually gave all of our stuff to a homeless shelter in our area. This looks like a great project!

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