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?
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.
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!
All my little piles and collections of clutter have been dealt with! So clean and fresh and bright!
After two days of on & off cleaning, I ended up with lots to throw out, lots to donate, and lots more space!
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!