Donate stuff. Create jobs for Goodwill. It's that simple.

So how many suits do you think are in the picture above? More than 20? More than 30? How about 50? Yes, I own a lot of suits. Given my former profession as a television anchor/reporter for more than a decade, I dressed the part. Which meant at one point in time, I owned more than 100 suits. This was also during a time when women were expected to wear blazers while reporting the news. I remember one consultant telling me when I worked in triple-digit heat in the desert of Arizona to always wear a jacket. ALWAYS. Case in point, I reported live from the county fair dressed in a full suit, pantyhose and heels. My, how times have changed. (As my career changed to marketing, I'm more trendy in what I wear. Still business appropriate but just not a suit every day. In fact, TRENDY is the word used to describe my clothing personality. I found out through a cool Goodwill app. Want to find out yours? Go here.)

Well, every time I moved, I would clean out my closet. Going through, hangar by hangar, keeping outfits that were in my regular rotation and discarding those that I hadn't worn in over a year. (It's a good tip on how to clean and purge, don't you agree?) I ended up bringing bags and bags of donated clothing to Goodwill every single time I relocated. This latest move to Florida was no different. It actually included more clothing… the WINTER wear that I so happily placed in bags to give away to those looking to update their wardrobe in the cold, snowy midwest.

How often do you clean out your closet? How about your home? Did you know your donations to Goodwill help create jobs in your community? You can find out your donation impact here and how many local jobs are created here. It's a great way to give back.

So you want to get involved but you don't know how or where to start? Here are #7DaysofSpringCleaning Tips:

Day 1 - Clear your closet clutter

Day 2 - Tackle the kitchen

Day 3 - Separate the holiday decor (Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter)

Day 4 - Downsize your tech toys (old electronics)

Day 5 - Clean out your office supplies

Day 6 - Donate quality entertainment (unused movies, video games)

Day 7 - Downsize your bookshelf

In one week, you'll be clutter-free and feeling good about helping Goodwill and enriching the community in which you live.

This has been part of the Donate Stuff. Create Jobs. It’s the tagline of Ad Council’s campaign with Goodwill®, which reminds people that their donations support people who are seeking to earn jobs and build careers. To see how the process works, click here.

DISCLOSURE: This post has not been monetarily compensated. Consider it a PSA by the Ad Council and Bloggin Mamas Collective with our personal take on giving back and supporting our local community.

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Newsy Parents

Passionate parents (mom & dad bloggers) with a nose for fashion (women's petite, children), food & fun (travel). We are former & current television journalists who met in the business, got married and now have two multi-cultural children.