Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries
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5 Signs It’s Time to Declutter Your Home

Nobody likes clutter, yet most of us are familiar with the feeling of being overwhelmed by too much ” stuff” in our homes. A survey from the Huffington Post found that 84% of people worry that their home isn’t organized or clean enough. Furthermore, 55% of the people in that group said clutter was a source of recent stress. Are you overwhelmed by the amount of excess clutter in your home? Here are five signs that it’s time to find a new home for your stuff.

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Donations box

#1: You’re constantly misplacing items

Have you ever spent hours frantically searching through your belongings for something you need? This could be a sign that clutter has become an obstacle in your life. When you clear out the unnecessary items from your home, it will be easier to organize your most important items. With less stuff, you can find what you need, when you need it.

#2: Your kitchen cabinets won’t stay closed

The kitchen is one room that everyone in a household uses, and as a result, it can accumulate clutter quickly. If you have a large collection of souvenir cups, plastic containers, and pots and pans that are taking up too much storage space, it’s time to declutter. Start by taking stock of the kitchen tools, gadgets, and appliances you own. Anything that you don’t use on a regular basis can be removed to help free up more cabinet space.

#3: You have too many clothes for your closet

If you can’t open your closet without getting buried in a pile of clothes, or you’re running out of hangers and shelf space for your clothes, your closet probably needs a good decluttering session. Maybe you’re holding onto clothing for sentimental reasons. Or maybe you have clothes that you like, but they just don’t fit anymore. Letting go of clothing can be difficult, but you’ll feel much better when you have enough space for the clothing that you love to wear on a regular basis.

#4: Your junk drawer is overflowing

Most families have a drawer designated as a ” catch-all” for various odds and ends. But when your junk drawer is overflowing, it’s time to clear out the clutter. Take everything out of the drawer and place it on the countertop. Sort and organize the items into categories, such as office supplies, important paperwork, and batteries. Find a new place to store these items, such as plastic containers in different sizes. This will help to keep similar items together and ensure they don’t slide back and forth every time you open the drawer.

#5: You’re running out of storage space

Have you maxed out your home’s storage space? Before you consider remodeling or renting an expensive storage container, try to look for ways to free up the storage space within your current home. Start with large storage areas that may have gathered clutter, such as the garage or attic. Sort through the items in these spaces one by one, setting anything that you no longer use or need aside in a pile to donate. You might find that you have more storage space than you originally thought!

When you’re ready to say goodbye to belongings that you no longer use or need, we encourage you to donate to Ohio Valley Goodwill! We make it convenient and easy to donate your gently used items, including clothing, household goods, toys, books, and much more. You can even donate your car to our Goodwill Auto Auction of Cincinnati! Decluttering can help alleviate stress and free up more room for the things you love.

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Goodwill’s Cycle of Success

Best of all, when you choose to donate to Ohio Valley Goodwill, you’re making a difference in the lives of individuals living in your community. Your donations are collected and resold at affordable prices in our retail stores. Then, when someone purchases your donated item, the proceeds are used to help fund life-changing job skills training and employment services for individuals with disabilities and veterans living in our community.

Are you ready to declutter, de-stress, and donate Ohio Valley Goodwill? Use our online locator to find the donation center nearest you!