Clean Sweep Your Life this Spring!

Four Ways to Make the Most of Spring Cleaning Season


Spring presents an excellent opportunity to throw open the windows and sort out the clutter, but Marion Goodwill Industries knows it can also be an overwhelming chore that can be intimidating to even get started! So we asked Lorie Marrero, the creator of and a spokesperson for Goodwill Industries International, to reach out to a few of her favorite fellow Clutter Diet® organizing experts to bring you the best tips to make spring cleaning easy — and even fun. Here they are!


  1. Tourney Time

If college basketball’s March Madness has you in a competitive mood, bring the tournament spirit to your spring cleaning routine. Set up a March Madness Spring Cleaning Tournament in your home to compare two like items and then eliminate one. Do you prefer this or that? In your tournament, you keep the one item you prefer and then the winner is compared with the next item in the pile. Just comparing two items is easier than purging many items at once.

— Ellen R. Delap,

  1. The Truth, The Whole Truth

Be brutally honest when evaluating items in your closet. Do you fidget with the item once it is on? Does it squeeze your arm or ride too low on your hips? Do you have to continually pull it up or down? Yes? Then it has to go. Replace it with something that fits properly and feels great!

— Nealey Stapleton, author of The Procrastinator’s Guide to Getting Organized and


  1. Keep It Clean

Once you’re organized, stay organized. Here’s how: for each new piece of paper or object that enters your home or office, ask yourself, “Do I really need this?” If not, put it in a recycling bin or a box for Goodwill® donations. Put the keepers with similar items for easy access. To keep clutter from returning, practice the One-In-One-Out Rule when buying things like office supplies or clothes or shoes: When something new comes in, something old must get donated.

— Helene Segura,


  1. Make it Fun!

Shake up your spring cleaning routine with fun contests: Challenge everyone in your family to find 10 items to put away and 10 items to donate to Goodwill. This can become a race, with the prize of a traveling trophy (or a hot fudge sundae, if you don’t want more clutter!) and you can repeat it once a week for the entire month of March. Your donations to Goodwill help fund programs and services to help people find jobs, earn paychecks and build their careers. You can take pride in the positive impact donating to Goodwill has in your community.

Lorie Marrero,


We hope these tips make spring cleaning just a little less intimidating and even a more exciting for your family. We look forward to seeing you at your nearest Goodwill donation center and we thank you for caring about your community and donating to Goodwill.


Have your own tried-and-true spring cleaning tips? Chime in via the comments section below.


Happy Spring!


Elder-Beerman Goodwill Sale


Three Great Reasons to Shop at the Elder-Beerman Goodwill Sale March 9th-26

Enter for a Chance to Win a $15,000 Spring Style and Wardrobe Makeover!

Elder-Beerman invites you to donate items and shop during the Elder-Beerman Goodwill Sale beginning Wednesday, March 9 to Saturday, March 26.  Customers are encouraged to clean out their closets and bring clothing, shoes, accessories and other household textile donations to Elder-Beerman to be donated to Goodwill. Goodwill will then sell those items in its stores to help fund job placement and training programs for people who face challenges in finding employment in your community.

“Our customers look forward to the Elder-Beerman Goodwill Sale because it is an opportunity to receive great deals on the season’s newest trends while also helping their local communities,” said Terese Veroni, Marion Store Manager. “Our longstanding collaboration of more than 20 years with Goodwill is a hallmark of Elder- Beerman’s commitment to helping people in our community.”

Participating in the Goodwill Sale has never been so rewarding. Here are three great reasons to donate items and shop during the Elder-Beerman Goodwill Sale:

#1  You will directly impact your community by donating to Goodwill. Donate gently used items for Goodwill at your local Elder-Beerman’s department stores from Wednesday, March 9 to Saturday, March 26.

Here are a few popular donation needs:

  • Men’s and Ladies’ shirts & blouses
  • Skirts
  • Dresses
  • Men’s and Ladies’ denim
  • Men’s and Ladies’ business suits
  • Men’s, Ladies’ and kids outerwear
  • Shoes (athletic, dress, and casual)
  • Jewelry
  • Accessories, belts, scarves, hats
  • Soft home goods such as blankets
  • Luggage

“The simple act of donating during the Elder-Beerman Goodwill Sale has a positive and lasting impact on people in our communities who are looking for work,” said Bob Jordan, President and CEO of Marion Goodwill. “We are thankful for the generosity of Goodwill donors and Elder-Beerman shoppers for helping Goodwill provide the services people need to build their careers and care for their families.”

#2  It’s easy to donate and save on Spring fashions, beauty and home.

Donors receive coupons for up to 25 percent off for every item donated. Customers can also receive three coupons for a five dollar donation to Goodwill.  Goodwill Sale coupons are valid on nearly everything in the store and can be used to purchase stylish New & Now spring merchandise. Shop the five new trends of the season:

  • So Blue: Shades of blue from sky to navy
  • Pick Flowers: Bold watercolors to subtle blooms
  • Bold and Graphic: Colorful unexpected patterns and stripes
  • White Hot: Crisp, cool and timeless
  • 70’s Revival: Modern looks with retro flare

Another beautiful reward is receiving 15 percent off your favorite cosmetics like Estee Lauder, Clinique and Lancôme.

#3  You have a chance to win a $100 Daily Prize and a $15,000 Spring Style and Wardrobe Makeover.

We believe doing good deserves to be rewarded. Consumers who visit the Million Acts of Goodwill website can enter for a chance to win a $15,000 Spring Style and Wardrobe Makeover. To enter, visit and register to play the Spin to Win game. You could instantly win a $100 gift card—plus, each day you play, you will earn a chance to win a $15,000 Spring Style and Wardrobe Makeover. The winner will receive a consultation with a celebrity stylist from Visual Therapy, a closet review and edit and a shopping spree with the stylist at their local Elder-Beerman department store.


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