I’ve discovered a meaningful way to get rid of all that extra stuff I found while Spring Cleaning.
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Spring Cleaning. Decluttering. Minimalist. Whatever you want to call it, it all boils down to the same freeing act: removing unnecessary items from a room or area to create space and relieve stress.
Making time to do some Spring Cleaning has great personal benefits. It provides motivation to make your living space a happier and brighter place. Spring Cleaning liberates you when you get rid of clutter. It provides an easy way to get in some mental and physical exercise. Best of all, Spring Cleaning leaves you with a feeling of satisfaction for a job well done.
Spring Cleaning not only involves cleaning (washing, dusting, vacuuming, scouring) but also organizing and getting rid of items that are no longer used, don’t fit, or don’t support your current lifestyle. One way to sort items that you want to get rid of is to label four boxes: trash, charity, re-purpose, and keep. Hopefully, the biggest box is the one going to charity; a thoughtful way to help non-profit organizations and individuals in need.
It’s easy to give away stuff to charity when you have an organization in mind to donate to. For me, I prefer to give my gently used items to my local Deseret Industries store in Fontana, California.
Known as the thrift store chain where “Secondhand is Done Right,” Deseret Industries is a non-profit that has 42 retail stores and donation centers in seven western states, one humanitarian center, and one furniture manufacturing facility. The employees at Deseret Industries come from all parts of the world — their associates speak a total of 78 languages.
On any given day, the Fontana Deseret Industries store will house more than 40,000 items, with a replacement rate of 2,000 to 3,000 new goods put on the floor each day — a great reason to go back again and again!! Their quality secondhand items include clothing, shoes, dishes, furniture, home decor, children’s books and toys, tools, outdoor play equipment, and more. Deseret Industries also sells new, low price goods including blankets, sheets, men’s suits, mattresses, bed frames, and dressers.
Not only is Deseret Industries a thrift store where you can donate and shop, it is also a true community partner, providing job training and humanitarian aid both locally and around the world. In 2015, Deseret Industries provided more than 65,000 community grants (vouchers to needy families for free merchandise from DI, granted through partnerships with other charitable organizations in the communities served by DI) and helped place almost 5,000 individuals in permanent, full-time employment. It’s a great feeling to know that I am supporting a worthwhile cause when I donate my Spring Cleaning to Deseret Industries.
I’m going to make sure I have my Spring Cleaning done by Saturday, May 21st because Deseret Industries Fontana will be celebrating their 1 Year Anniversary that day. To commemorate this event, Deseret Industries Fontana will have live music and will giving away tote bags to the first 500 guests.
they will receive 10% off of any second-hand item (excludes new packaged items and new wood and sleep products) and another 10% off their next visit between May 22-June 22 2016 when they bring any gently used items to donate. I know I will be able to find some great toys for the grandkids to use the next time they visit Grammie’s house!!
Don’t delay. Celebrate your Spring Cleaning achievement by stopping by Deseret Industries Fontana’s 1 year Anniversary event to donate, shop, and repeat.