Decluttering With Goodwill

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Gayle Anderson was live in Long Beach at Goodwill Industries because the organization says it’s a new year and time to de-clutter! Leo Babauto of Zen Habits offers 18 five-minute decluttering tips to help you on your journey towards a clutter-free new you, starting with just 5 minutes at a time.

  1. Designate a spot for incoming papers and only use that spot.
  2. Start clearing a starting zone and make sure to keep it clutter-free.
  3. Clear off a counter and keep it clear of clutter.
  4. Pick a shelf and clear it of all non-essential things.
  5. Schedule a decluttering weekend.
  6. Pick up 5 things and find places for them.
  7. Spend a few minutes visualizing the room and figure out what is essential. Get rid of the rest.
  8. Create a “maybe” box for items that you don’t use, but may need someday. In six months, see if there’s anything you need and discard the rest.
  9. Put a load items to donate in your car for charity. Drop it off.
  10. Create a 30-day list for things that you want to buy that are not necessary along with the date it was added to the list. Never buy anything except necessities unless they’ve been on the list for 30 days.
  11. Teach your kids where things belong.
  12. Set up some simple folders to file important papers.
  13. Learn to file quickly.
  14. Pull out some clothes you don’t wear [and donate them].
  15. Clear out your medicine cabinet.
  16. Pull everything out of a drawer.
  17. Learn to love the uncluttered look.
  18. Have a conversation with your SO or roommate about clutter.

For those who want to get a jump start on spring cleaning, Goodwill offers a “Seven Days of Spring Cleaning Guide” to help you declutter and make a difference by donating used goods.

Seven Days of Spring Cleaning Guide 

Day 1: In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, before you put on that green sweater, go through your closet and remove any clothing you no longer wear. Donate it to Goodwill. Here’s a good rule: if you haven’t worn it in the last 365 days, you probably don’t need it!

Day 2: As you’re cooking dinner, take 15 minutes to go through your kitchen cabinets and find things you don’t use. Goodwill accepts used kitchenware items and household goods.

Day 3: Go through your seasonal holiday décor and donate what you no longer use. That Halloween ghost statue you haven’t displayed since the late 90’s? It’s time to let it go. While you’re going through seasonal items, don’t forget to look through your family’s old Halloween costumes and donate those to Goodwill too.

Day 4: Technology changes fast and many people have tech toys, used computers and computer accessories lying around the house. Goodwill accepts working e-readers, tablets and other electronic items as donations, and our Reconnect partnership with Dell gives you a way to recycle of non-working computers.

Day 5: If you have a home office, see if you have any office supplies that you don’t need. Clear your desk of unneeded backpacks, notebooks or binders—all can be donated to Goodwill.

Day 6: The seven days are almost done! But before you congratulate your decluttering efforts, take a minute to investigate the rest and relaxation or entertainment area in your home. How many DVDs do you own that you’ll probably never watch again? CDs, DVDs, Blu-Ray discs, video games—they’re all donate-able.

Day 7: Finally, take one last look at your bookshelf. If your paperbacks have gone the way of the printing press, never fear, you can donate your books to Goodwill too.

Now that you’ve decluttered your closets, home, and storage spaces, make sure to donate any usable items to Goodwill Industries. Click HERE to find the Goodwill donation center nearest you.

Items donated to Goodwill Industries are then sold in Goodwill stores to help fund job training programs for low-income individuals, the working poor, and those with disabilities which lead to barriers to employment. In addition to shopping in stores, customers can also shop for low-cost goods online at, which also helps fund Goodwill’s job training program.

Goodwill Industries provides many other services that benefit the community. For example, its LiNKS Program provides interpreting services for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals, as well as spoken language translation in more than 20 languages.

Goodwill Industries International is a network of 165 community-based agencies in the United States and Canada with a presence in 14 other countries. Goodwill agencies are innovative and sustainable social enterprises that fund job training programs, employment placement services and other community-based programs by selling donated clothing and household items in more than 3,000 stores and online. Goodwill also builds revenue and creates jobs by contracting with businesses and government agencies to provide a wide range of commercial services, including packaging and assembly, food service preparation, and document imaging and shredding. In 2013, more than 9.8 million people in the United States and Canada benefited from Goodwill’s career services. Goodwill channels 83 percent of its revenues directly into its programs and services.

Goodwill Industries
800 West Pacific Coast Highway
Long Beach, CA 90806
(562) 435-3411
(888) 863-3933

If you have questions, please feel free to call Gayle Anderson at 323-460-5732 or e-mail Gayle at

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