Today I am partnering with Glad and their #GladtoGive campaign to share real stories from celebrities and everyday people who are inspiring others through their giving. Click to watch how celebrity philanthropists Tyrese Gibson, Ayesha Curry, and Kid President are partnering with the Glad program to inspire acts of giving.
The Glad Products Company believes that communities are built around human connections and giving back to those around you. Glad also believes that sharing stories of what people are doing every day to help their communities, inspires others to get involved. Whether it’s the shirt off your back, food off your plate, or socks off your feet, it’s a rewarding feeling to give back to those in need.
This time of year, I always find myself craving a clean and organized home. I am not sure why. I wonder if the clutter of Christmas Decor and the influx of a few new Christmas presents inspires me to clean out the clutter. Whatever it is, I find myself ready to get rid of anything that we aren’t using.
Most of us have so much to be thankful for and it’s nice to be able to continue on in the spirit of giving even after the Holiday Giving Season is over. We have a local shelter that provides shelter and basic needs for homeless women and their children. It breaks my heart to think of children living on the streets. It is such a cruel and harsh reality and it’s hard to know what to do to help. Donating to this shelter is one way that we like to try to give to back to those in need.
So this year, the kids and I went through their winter clothing, and some clothes and shoes that they had outgrown but were still in great condition. We gathered them up and took them to the shelter in hopes that some of the kids there would be able to use them.
It has been so bitter cold here and some coats, hats and winter boots may be just what they need.
We filled up a couple of these special yellow bags that Glad has created for these kinds of donations and delivered them to the Road Home Shelter. They were so grateful for the clothing items as they are always in need of donations.
Decluttering your closet can be difficult and overwhelming, so I thought it would be helpful to share 5 Tips to Declutter Your Closet. These 5 simple tips can help you focus on the task at hand and keep you from feeling overwhelmed.
- Set aside a block of time. Schedule your closet decluttering in your calendar as an actual appointment. This will help you set a goal and actually complete it if the time has already been blocked out in your schedule.
- Take everything out of the closet and empty it into a pile. All of it. This may take a bit longer, but it will all be finished when you are done. You could also choose to clean out your closet one section at a time. This will be less overwhelming, but may take more time to complete and you may feel less inclined to finish after one section is done.
- Sort into 3 piles. The piles will be as follows: keep, donate, or maybe. Make a decision for each item quickly. Do not spend a lot of time thinking about it unless it is an item you really are having a difficult time with. If you haven’t worn it for over a year, donate it (unless it is a seasonal item or a special dress or outfit). Also consider how you feel when you wear it. Does it make you feel great when you wear it? Do you have to lose/gain weight to fit into it again?
- Clean, then put the keep pile back, organized. Remove the donation bag and the maybe bag from your closet. Then immediately place the clothing you are keeping back in your closet in an organized fashion.
- Deal immediately with the other piles. Place the bag of clothing to donate in the back of your car so it is all ready to drop off at your donation spot, or set aside if you are getting a donation pick up. Take your maybe pile and put it into a bag. Label it with the date and store it somewhere out of sight, and don’t open it for 6 months. If you haven’t needed or wanted to wear anything from the bag, donate the clothing after 6 months.
Glad is making giving even easier. On the GladtoGive.com page, you can enter your zipcode and find a local charity that will schedule a free pick-up for your donation in your area! Depending on where you live, many local charities will come to your driveway at a scheduled time and pick up your donation.
What are you glad to give? Click here to share your inspirational story or share it with me here in a comment on this blog post! I would love to know what you are doing to give back!
Visit gladtogive.com to see real stories from celebrities and everyday people who are doing just that. You can find out how to help and share your giving story too.
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Glad Products Company . The opinions and text are all mine.
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