Declutter, Donate and Shop at Goodwill to Give a Fresh Start to Someone in Your Community
By Lorie Marrero

Spring is a time to refresh and renew. With the change in seasons, why not make some changes around the house by decluttering your basement, attic, garage or closet?

When you’re organizing, it can sometimes be difficult to let go and get rid of the things you’ve been holding onto. Here are five tips to make it easier to say goodbye to some of your stuff.

1. Make room for new things by clearing out the old.
You can’t allow anything new and useful and beautiful to come into your life if you don’t have room for it. So, if your closet is stuffed full of clothes that you don’t wear, or you can’t even see, then you can’t make room for anything new and gorgeous and fun to come into your wardrobe. You have to get rid of the stagnant stuff: Have a flow in and out.

2. Memories of your possessions may no longer be serving you well.
Some of your possessions have memories associated with them, but perhaps they only remind you of things that are better left in the past. Maybe you have items belonging to your ex-partner that were left behind after a breakup or divorce. It can be very therapeutic to get rid of these items. Maybe you are hanging on to paperwork from an old job that you didn’t like. You may also have pleasant memories of a loved one who passed away and you want to honor that person. But what you don’t want is their belongings dominating your space, preventing you from moving on to a new chapter in your life. Whatever you keep, make sure the memories are serving you in the right way.

3. Don’t be a slave to possessions that take time and energy to maintain.
You might want to get rid of things that eat up your time. How much are you dusting and polishing these items? Replacing batteries and parts? Does any of your stuff require care when you go out of town? Time can be a factor to help you decide whether to get rid of something.

4. Fewer possessions simplify your choices and decision making.
Fewer choices mean easier decisions. So if you’re going to select a pair of shoes, it’s much easier to choose if your collection is smaller. It takes a lot more time to make that decision every morning if you have dozens of pairs. You want your possessions to represent who you are and who you want to be. You want your environment to support your goals moving forward. So if you’re debating about whether to keep certain things, and they’re not meeting those criteria, you should probably let them go.

5. “Perfectly useful” possessions may not be perfectly useful to YOU, today.
This is why I love donating my clothing and household goods to Goodwill. Because I know that, not only is the person purchasing that item going to enjoy it, but the revenue is going directly to create opportunities for someone in my community — my own neighbors. Goodwill provides job placement and training services for people facing challenges to finding employment. And that’s a compelling reason to let go of things that are not useful to me anymore, because I know they’re going to a good home and they’re going to do good in the world.
As you reorganize your closets and refresh your wardrobe this spring, give people in your local community a fresh start by shopping at and donating to Marion Goodwill.

Lorie Marrero is a home and lifestyle expert and media personality. She is the bestselling author of The Clutter Diet and The Home Office Handbook. She has served as a spokesperson for Goodwill Industries International, and for other companies, including Microsoft, Staples, Rubbermaid, ClosetMaid, Brother and Swingline.


Meet Jane…

By: Nicole Workman, Director of Communication, Marion Co. Board of Developmental Disabilities

JaneJane Honea-Krajewski may be deaf and non-speaking, but she is not silent. She has a strong, determined personality that draws people to her.

These character traits, along with a little help from the Marion County Board of Developmental Disabilities (MCBDD) and Opportunities for Ohioans (OOD) with Disabilities, landed her a job at Marion Goodwill.

It all started with a referral from Turning Point when Jane went to them seeking resources and help. Turning Point knew exactly how to guide Jane and led her to MCBDD and OOD. Since Jane is deaf and non-speaking, OOD enlisted an interpreter to help Jane with her aspirations of employment in the community. Elisabeth Clegg, sign language interpreter with Hallenross and Associates, LLC helped be Jane’s voice and ears.

“It has been a great experience being Jane’s interpreter all this time and getting to see her achieve her goals. I am glad I could be a part of the team and provide her with the communication access she needed to get where she wanted to be,” Clegg said. “I am very thankful that each place Jane came into contact with was so willing to respect her rights and provide interpreters for her,” she added.

Together, Elisabeth and Jane worked with the Employment Services team at MCBDD to do a job assessment and learn about Jane’s skills, likes, and interests. Once assessed, Jane began the process of resume writing, application submissions, and follow-up with MCBDD Job Developer, Ken Padgett. The three of them worked side by side through the process and had a great time doing it.

“The three of us made a great team. Jane had a positive attitude and was determined while Elisabeth was a godsend to make communications easy,” Pagdett said.

Jane agreed that the three of them worked very well together to find her employment.
“I had a lot of obstacles to work around and some health issues during the process, but we all powered through and in the end I have found a job that I love,” Jane said.

Jane went on to say that Ken and Elisabeth were both extremely helpful and easy to work with. She said that she filled out close to 20 applications. The three of them went out to the businesses where Jane applied to see if they could speak to a manager about her application. When they went to Goodwill, the stars aligned and Jane was granted an interview on the spot.

Sharri Moose, Jane’s supervisor at Goodwill said of the on-the-spot-interview, “God gave us a blessing of having all of the right people together to be able to talk to Jane right then and there.”

Beth Whitaker, store manager, Goodwill, said it was her first time interviewing someone who was deaf but it went very well.

“Having an interpreter there to help Jane communicate was all we needed to get a feel for whether or not she would be a good fit. Turns out, she’s perfect! We love having her,” Whitaker said. She added that you sometimes just know when you have found a good fit and you don’t want them to walk out the door.

“I had this feeling with Jane that she would be good – and she is amazing. She’s one of the most detailed employees that I have and works at a very fast pace.”

Moose and Whitaker agreed that Jane has been a great fit. Goodwill’s mission is to enhance the dignity and quality of life of individuals and families by strengthening communities, eliminating barriers to opportunity, and helping people in need reach their full potential through learning and the power of work.

“Jane certainly fits our mission and appears to have the same values. She is very patient with us as we learn to communicate with her. She is even teaching us some sign language,” Moose said.

The staff at Goodwill agreed that they have really enjoyed having Jane as part of their team. They said they often communicate on a white board or with pen and paper to answer questions or simply enjoy a conversation. Clegg does still come in to interpret for staff meetings and trainings to be sure Jane is getting the information she needs to continue to do her job and grow with the company.

It’s great to see employers such as Goodwill recognizing the ability in a person instead of the disability. Being opened to people who may be different resulted in a great match.
It’s exciting to see Jane flourish and grow.

Donate Stuff. Create Jobs.




For more than 22 years, Goodwill has partnered with The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc., for the Goodwill Sale, during which time hundreds of thousands of pounds of stuff have been donated to fund job training programs to put people in your community back to work.


Donate March 15 to April 1 at any Bon-Ton, Boston Store, Bergners, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s or Younkers to receive a coupon up to 30% off at these locations, good for cosmetics, fragrance, handbags and more.  Donate Stuff. Create Jobs.



It feels good to start fresh, and it feels great to make a positive difference in your community. That’s what happens when you donate to Goodwill this spring. Your stuff fuels job training programs for people in your neighborhood. You get a clean home and your neighbors get a fresh start. To find your nearest donation center go to


Best Wishes, Emily!

It is with mixed emotions that we announce the retirement of one of our employees, Emily Thissen. Emily has been employed at Goodwill for ten years. Emily

Emily began her journey with us as a part-time Job Coach in our Workforce Development Department. Eventually she became a full-time employee doing job coaching, job development and interpreting.

When asked to reflect on her career at Goodwill, Emily stated “Goodwill has been like family to me. I love my job as a Job Developer, but I am retiring at this time to help others in a different way.” She went on to say “I would like to thank my co-workers and supervisor for their support and kindness throughout the years. Wherever I go, I have much to take with me.”

Emily has contributed ten years to our organization and her achievements will not be forgotten. Please join us in wishing her the best in the next steps of her journey!

Springing to a Fresh Start

social-graphic-freshIf there’s one thing we can all agree on this time of year, it’s that we’re just about ready for a fresh start. Winter, we’re done with you. With the cold season (finally) nearing a very welcome end, many of us will soon start gearing up for that annual de-hibernation ritual known as spring cleaning. This year at Goodwill, we’re encouraging people in our community to think of the spring cleaning season as both a time to offer a fresh start to bygone belongings and a time to give individuals in need of work a fresh start, too.

How? By donating clothes and household goods you no longer use to Goodwill, you can ensure that your own fresh start is multiplied by a power of three. Yes, you’ll get the benefit of cleaning out your house and shedding some of that cold-weather baggage, but you’ll also benefit from knowing that your spring cleaning will get a fresh start of its own by being diverted from landfills. Finally, by donating to Goodwill, you can help give people in your neighborhood a fresh start of their own, because the sale of your donations will fund local job training and placement programs.

Goodwill uses the revenues from the sale of goods at our stores to fund programs for job seekers, including youth, seniors, veterans and military families, people with disabilities, and others with specialized needs. In 2013 alone, Goodwill helped more than 9.8 million people train for careers in diverse sectors such as banking, IT and health care, just to name a few, and provided support services to help them land jobs and excel in their careers. Every one of us probably knows someone here in our community who is looking for work and could benefit from programs like these.

So please think of Goodwill when you start out on your spring cleaning plans this year. You’ll get a fresh start for your de-cluttered house, a fresh start for your donated stuff, and finally, you’ll give a local job-seeker or two a very important fresh start to their working life.

To see exactly how much of a difference your donations can make, and calculate the impact of everything you plan to donate this spring.

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