This post is sponsored by Glad Products Company. As always all opinions are my own.
Now that the dust has settled from the holidays and the decorations have been packed away, I’m beyond ready to declutter every room in my house. During my time as a blogger, I’ve amassed an amazing amount of “stuff.” And while I can justify some of it for work, there comes a time when a major cleaning and clearing needs to happen. That time is now.
Typically, I tend to toss things because I find doing so much easier than coordinating a sale. However, over the past couple years, I’ve found that donating is much better. Though I can no longer use this stuff, I know there is someone out there who can. This past fall, I cleared a lot of furniture out my garage and attic. Instead of selling or trashing it, I moved all of it to my front yard and posted an ad on Facebook inviting anyone who needed something to come and take it, no charge. I kid you not, all of the furniture was gone within 30 minutes. Later in the afternoon, one woman came back to thank me and explain how much she needed some of these items. My goal was to help people in need, and hearing from this lady just added to the experience.
While this system works great for larger pieces, it’s not ideal for smaller items, such as clothing, books, and trinkets. That’s why I decided to team up with Glad and their “Glad to Give” program. Glad believes that communities are built around human connections and giving back, when possible, to those around you. The company also feels that sharing stories of giving inspires others. After what happened last fall, and reading about others’ experiences, I tend to agree.
Glad sent me some of their yellow bags to help in my donation efforts. They realize the role their products play in giving around the country and are excited to lend a hand in a bigger way with their Glad to Give program. You don’t need lots of money to make a difference. Just give what you can. Everything helps.
With my bags in hand, I started in my bedroom and sorted through all of my clothes, shoes, belts, etc. Anything that no longer fit or was no longer being worn (but was still in excellent condition), got put in a bag. Within thirty minutes, I had filled two bags.
Once my closet was decluttered, I walked around other areas of my house, including my living room and quickly filled another bag with pillows, books, a wreath, and other odds and ends.
With several bags full, I popped them into the back of my car and dropped them off at our local Goodwill. In less than an hour, I not only cleared the clutter, but I was able to give back to my community and those who need these things much more than I do.
With dozens more bags to fill, my goal for the year is to continue to go through my home for items that I no longer need and then pass them on to someone who does.
For more information about giving, head on over to GladtoGive.com. Not only can you read some Glad to Give stories, but you can schedule a free pick-up through Donation Town to a local charity of your choice. It really doesn’t get much easier than that. Thanks to Glad for pitching in and making incredible things like this possible.
And remember, one act of giving inspires another. I hope that you’ll consider donating a few of your unwanted goods. What are you glad to give?