Day 36 — Goodwill Industries International

My husband has been encouraging us to embrace minimalism
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Recently, my husband has been encouraging us to embrace minimalism. He says that a cluttered space is less peaceful and can create a sense of unease. I have to say, I think he is right. I recognize a physical change in myself when I am in a space that is neat and orderly. It’s that great feeling that shows up when you finally clean your office, get rid of the piles of paperwork and old catalogs, and sit down to work in an organized space. It feels good. I’d like more of that in my life.

Our movement towards minimalism has proven to be rather challenging. Letting go of possessions is hard to do and I often struggle with it. However, from time to time, inspiration strikes. I’m happy to report that we have filled five bags of donations, from our kitchen alone, that are now headed to the local Goodwill branch for today’s act of kindness. Goodwill will resell these items and use that money to help people right here in our community, and that makes me feel good. It’s like a double bonus — my house is less cluttered, and people are getting the help they need to get back on their feet.

It’s simple. When you donate your stuff to Goodwill, you create opportunities for individuals in your community looking to find a job and build skills, including veterans and military families, single mothers and many others.

Learn more about the reason behind Maureen's 43 days of kindness blog idea here.

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