Let’s be blunt about it—the stagnant stuff in your home is weighing you down. You may be fussing over it, polishing it, maintaining it, stashing it, and moving it around, but you’re not using it and valuing it.
If you think you still want to keep it, but you don’t have room for it in a small living space, maybe you are considering storage. As a Professional Organizer, I must admit that is not my favorite option, but if you have a considerably small apartment like many people do, it may be your only option.
For busy New Yorkers, I am really excited about this new partnership between Goodwill Industries® of Greater NY and Northern NJ and MakeSpace, a “cloud-based” idea for storage units. They pick up and deliver your stuff with their bins, so you don’t even have to visit the unit… for less than the cost of a taxi ride.
And this summer, new customers of MakeSpace will receive a special Goodwill laundry bag to fill along with their storage bins. MakeSpace drivers will deliver the bag to the nearest Goodwill location so that customers don’t have to make a separate trip. Everybody wins!
Carefully consider what you might be able to donate instead of store, since now it is so easy to do. Getting rid of your unneeded items like clothing and housewares is good for you! Donating makes room for new, more useful items to come into your life, it allows you to move forward from old memories and experiences, and simplifies your space and your daily decisions. But did you realize that donating these items is also good for the environment and for your own community? Your stagnant stuff is equivalent to time and services for the people who need it most, and donating it keeps it out of the landfill too, which helps everyone. Donating household items IS philanthropy.
Many people don’t realize that every 27 seconds of every business day, a person served by Goodwill earns a good job. These jobs go far beyond the retail thrift stores that Goodwill operates—the revenue from the sale of these donated items provides services like job placement and career counseling, and Goodwill even creates jobs for those they serve, doing large contracted projects for local businesses like landscaping, document imaging, and assembly work. In this economy, we need community services like this more than ever.
The NY-NJ Goodwill applies 93% of its revenue directly toward this mission of putting people to work! There is a patent pending Donation Impact Calculator at http://www.goodwillnynj.org/donate-goods where you can see the actual results of giving your stuff, like these examples:
• 5 pairs of shoes, 3 dresses and 2 purses = 53 minutes of career counseling
• 1 bike and 5 video games = 49 minutes of resume preparation
• 1 working computer = 6.6 hours of on-the-job training
• 2 chairs and a TV = 58 minutes of a financial planning class
• 10 CDs or DVDs = 41 minutes of a job search class
The NY-NJ Goodwill has been one of the original “green” organizations for almost 100 years, since its founding in Brooklyn in 1915, reclaiming the value of both things and people. Let’s unlock the potential of your stuff so that everyone wins—the environment, the shoppers who get a bargain, the donors who receive a tax deduction, and the job seekers who need help overcoming obstacles to finding employment. It gives a whole new meaning to the phrase, “good riddance.”
So… New Yorkers who are cramped for space—Make more space with storage from MakeSpace and DONATE the easy way too!
Certified Professional Organizer® Lorie Marrero is the bestselling author of The Clutter Diet: The Skinny on Organizing Your Home and Taking Control of Your Life and The Home Office Handbook. She is also the creator of ClutterDiet.com, an innovative program allowing anyone to get expert help at an affordable price. Her organizing books and products are sold online and in stores nationwide. Lorie is a spokesperson for Goodwill Industries International, a Contributing Editor for Woman’s Day magazine, and a sought-after expert for national media such as CNBC, Good Housekeeping, and WGN News. She has also served as a spokesperson for many other companies, including Staples, Brother, and Microsoft, and she happily lives in Austin, TX.
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