Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries
Serving Greater Cincinnati

3 Signs It’s Time for a Closet Clean-Out

Does your kitchen make you want to order takeout? Do you mutter under your breath with frustration every time you search for a dish or dig for plasticware?

You probably don’t realize it, but it sounds like your kitchen is getting on your nerves because it’s overstuffed! Don’t let it push you over the edge.

Here are three signs it’s time for a cabinet clean-out “” before you break out into a purging rampage!

#1: Coffee time is not equal opportunity.

No one quite knows why, but it seems at some point in our lives, we all end up with a ridiculous number of coffee mugs. We collect them at special events or receive them as gifts, and then one day we have an entire cabinet full of them. News flash: Most of us only use one mug a day!

Many times, we hold on to mugs in an attempt to honor the memories they carry with them. But the truth of the matter is that you probably grab one of your two favorites every morning while the others just sit in the back of your kitchen cabinet collecting dust. Take a hard look at those at the back of the shelf and donate the ones you don’t use. And remember, donating those extra mugs doesn’t mean you’re losing the memories they represent. When you donate to Goodwill, you’ll clean up your kitchen cabinets and someone else will enjoy an affordable new mug!

#2: Opening your cabinets is a thrill sport.

Do you have that one cabinet that threatens to take you out every time you open it? Do you close your eyes and hope for the best when you pull open its doors? If so, it’s time to take everything out and sort through the things that would better serve someone else’s kitchen. You’ll be so much happier when you can easily navigate your cabinets without a safety helmet! Play it safe and donate your unneeded kitchenware to Goodwill, where it will go on to make a difference in your community.

#3:You’re storing multiple ” one-hit wonders.”

Sometimes kitchen gadgets are flashy! The newest tools to peel garlic or slice a pineapple pop into your social media feed and you just have to have it! Maybe you use it once with plenty of fanfare, and then the gadget goes in a drawer you can now barely open. Sound familiar?

This is yet another sign that it’s time to purge. Ask yourself whether you could replace the tool with a multi-use item, such as a knife. You’ll likely find the answer is usually yes! Take those one-hit wonders out of your drawer and bring them to a Goodwill Donation Center in Cincinnati.

Where to Donate in Cincinnati

Once you’ve worked your way through cabinets and drawers, pack the items from your donate pile in a box or bag, and find your nearest Ohio Valley Goodwill Donation Center. Not only will you have a clean kitchen, but your donations will also support life-changing programs and services for job seekers with disabilities in Cincinnati. That’s something to be proud of! 

Outdoor baskets from Ohio Valley Goodwill
Outdoor baskets from Ohio Valley Goodwill

While you’re at it, you might also want to step inside a Goodwill retail store to shop for items that can help you get “” and stay “” organized in the kitchen. You can find things like hooks, drawer dividers, baskets, and more when you shop at Goodwill in Cincinnati!

Before you know it, you’ll be cooking up a storm with a smile on your face. Who knew your kitchen could once again bring you joy?