It’s spring, which means it’s a great time for cleaning and clearing out some clutter. A few weekends ago I did the big let’s see what fits afternoon with the kids, trying on clothes from last summer and new stuff I had ready for this year. By the end, we had a huge box of too small clothes gathered.
That activity is always a great catalyst for me to purge my own closet and the rest of the house of things we no longer use or need. My plans were to take all these things and have a garage sale. Last spring I had a garage sale, and it did okay, but it was a lot of work.
My neighborhood is having a sale in a few weeks and I thought that we would get in on the collaborative effort. But life is exceptionally busy for our family right now and Matthew encouraged me to just donate the items to Goodwill that I had been saving for the sale.
He was right.
Though the sale money would be nice, we just didn’t have the time to dedicate to doing a garage sale well. And frankly, donating to Goodwill is actually way more beneficial than having a garage sale because:
- It helps others: When you donate to Goodwill, you help give people jobs.
- It is a teachable act for your kids: As we prepared our donation, I was able to talk to the kids about how our donation was going to help people have jobs, as well as save people money shopping.
- It is a tax-write off: When you donate, simply request a receipt to record what you donate. If you are doing a big donation, you can bring a list with you.
- It is convenient: Goodwill has many, many drop-off locations nationwide, making it convenient to drop off a donation at any time.
- It saves time: By not having a garage sale, we saved so much time.
- It is kind: Donating items to Goodwill is just a kind thing to do!
Your closets will be happier. Your homes will be happier. And the people who you help at Goodwill will be happier.