Friday, June 23, 2017

Spring (or summer!) Cleaning Myths and Resources

The kids are out of school for the summer, how are you doing on your Spring Cleaning plan?  Has that plan moved to a summer-cleaning goal?

Many of us will have the best of intentions to organize things around our homes, and really clean things up this summer. This week we decided to take some advice from an organizing expert on the best way to start these daunting projects!


People always ask us about Spring Cleaning, and I love the idea and energy of throwing open the windows and starting fresh with your house, reflecting all of the new life and beauty around us outside!

When I talk with people about Spring Cleaning, however, the first thing I want to tell them is that I am not a cleaning expert. I don't know 100 household uses for vinegar, but I do know a thing or two about organizing your closets, bathrooms, kitchens, and garages!

I also want to bust the myth that you "must" do some kind of major overhaul of your home in the spring, like there is some kind of rule about exactly what should be done. Every home is different and people live in different climates, and people have varying degrees of maintenance they do all year round. Certainly there are seasonal things to do that are smart, like switching out your sweaters for shorts. But if you do a good job keeping things clean most of the year, you don't "have to" break out the kneepads and scrub the floor, unless you want to. I always want people to feel comfortable doing what WORKS for them and not compare themselves to some unrealistic standard.

If you are feeling inspired by spring like so many people are, here are some questions about "Spring Cleaning" that you can think about as you approach your weekend, with some resources to help:

What cleaning projects do you want to get done? If you are inspired to do some major cleaning like baseboards, drapes, blinds, or comforters– decide on it, schedule it in and get it done, coordinating with your family for the extra effort you'll need. For me, a must is cleaning my patio furniture so I can enjoy sitting outside. Our Clutter Diet members have access to household systems & routines that can help you plan all of your tasks throughout the year! We now offer the FREE 7-Day Quickstart which includes seven days of focused guidance from me plus an additional 7 days of full access and support!. For help with cleaning tips, please refer to Heloise at Good Housekeeping. Here is a great article with her 20 most popular household hints.

What organizing projects do you want to get done? We suggest closets because of the seasonal swap-out of clothing, and we also think it's a great time to organize your garage, since it's not too hot outside yet. Your refrigerator and pantry might need some attention, and your bathroom cupboards probably need first aid items and sunscreen to be restocked. If you'd like some support to get these projects done, our expert team is available 7 days a week to consult with you in our member message boards

What is your disposal plan? When you do big projects, especially like garages or basements, you need to plan ahead a little, and you will probably need some help hauling away that old broken bulky stuff.  If you just need to find your nearest Goodwill Donation Center, go to

Enjoy your weekend, and enjoy your summer! What are your favorite Spring-Summer Cleaning tasks? Share in the comments!

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Friday, June 2, 2017

What Does Goodwill Really Do?


Goodwill’s Mission is to strengthen communities by empowering individuals and families through Education, Training and Job Placement.  That is why Goodwill exists in our community.  That is why there are Retail Stores…the stores not only fund these programs, but also provide jobs.


Often the first step to finding a job is understanding your skills, interests, and abilities. That's what the Goodwill Career Centers can help you with.  Once you have an understanding of your strengths, you can begin thinking about the career track that’s best for you. We have specialists who work with you to understand your prior experience as well as your job and career goals.

You can meet face-to-face at a Goodwill near you or visit our virtual community online. Together we’ll design a strategy to bring your plans to life, while connecting you with other community resources, like housing, reliable transportation, and childcare.

Every 38 seconds of each business day someone earns a job with Goodwill’s help.

Every eight seconds another person accesses Goodwill opportunities to build their career and strengthen their family. You can be next!

There are several programs to help you take your first step to a career. Community Career Centers bring services to both individuals and businesses. We host Job Fairs and Hiring Events for employers and assist individuals in the job search process. Resume writing, interview preparation, and development workshops are just a few of the free services that are made available to the community.

Goodwill Works opens a pathway to our complete employee development courses and work experience. This service is open to anyone seeking personal development when entering the workforce. Whether an individual has a gap in employment, little or no experience, or is seeking to learn new skills, this program can be beneficial.

To join the program, an individual can be referred by a Community Career Center Manager.

Ability First services allow Goodwill staff to walk alongside individuals and employers as they address the unique challenges of employment for persons with cognitive or physical barriers.  This is accomplished by providing any needed job coaching, job training, advocacy or assistance with situations that may arise in the new position. The length of personal assistance is dependent upon the needs of both the individual and the employer.

To find out how Ability First can meet the employment needs of people with disabilities, contact your local Vocational Rehabilitation Services Office.

2nd Chance @ Work provides a fresh start for those who have been incarcerated. We believe that anyone who wants to go to work deserves a chance, and we understand the challenges people face when they are looking for employment.  Whether an individual has been incarcerated, is under employed or has been out of work for some time, we are here to assist. With this in mind we offer focused services for men, women and young adults who are committed to getting their lives back on track.

For more information, call Goodwill at 574-472-7300 or obtain a referral through your probation or parole officer.

*Currently available in Elkhart, Lake, LaPorte, and St. Joseph Counties.

Out of School Youth is provided through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). For youth ages 16-24, the program provides services beginning with career exploration and guidance.  It offers continued support for educational attainment, opportunities for skills training in in-demand industries and occupations; and the program culminates with a good job along a career pathway.

For more information, call WorkOne at 219-344-1013.

*Currently available in Lake, LaPorte, and Portage Counties

Nurse Family Partnership pairs first-time parents with caring maternity and child health nurses who deliver the support moms need to have a healthy pregnancy. A Goodwill Case Manager insures child medical care until age 2, and case management for parents until age 5. Mothers also receive assistance with finding good jobs so they can support their children.

For more information, call 219-444-2000 or visit

*Currently available in Lake County.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Style Makevoer with World Harvest Church

This month, we are thrilled to introduce to you 4 beautiful women from World Harvest Church in Elkhart, Indiana. We showed each of them a few simple tips and tricks to make big style changes in their wardrobes.

Be sure to check back on this blog for a FREE style tips and tricks worksheet - Coming Soon!

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

11 Questions for Planning the Ultimate Summer! | Clutter Video Tip

With summer right around the corner, many Moms are frantically planning summer activities for our kids. This week, Lorie brings you tips on how plan the ultimate summer!


Summertime, and the livin’ is easy… Wait, what? I guess the kids didn’t get that memo. So, what do you do now that the temperature is rising and along with it, your wanderlust? Watch this video and start singing a new tune and enjoying your endless summer.

(Click here to watch on YouTube if you can’t see the embedded player. Or watch the video at

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Friday, April 28, 2017


How often do you wonder WHAT TO WEAR?  When you look at your closet, do you feel like nothing in your wardrobe matches the REAL you?

You are not alone.

Did you check out Christi's  Style Makeover? Christi is in the middle of reinventing herself. Part of that is thinking about WHO she is on the inside, and matching that to who she is showing the world she is on the outside. After talking with Christi, we determined her current style wasn't delivering the right message about her personality.

What is YOUR style saying about you? Wonder if the clothing you wear matches your personality, goals and perceived image? Take THIS QUIZ to see if it might be time for a Style Makeover!

...and if you think it might be time for a Style Makeover, we would love to have you enter to be our next Style Makeover winner! Just click HERE

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Monday, April 17, 2017

South Bend LIttle Black Dress Fashion Show & Boutique

 Are you waiting to get your tickets for the biggest fashion event in Michiana?  What are you waiting for?

The Fashion Show & Boutique will be on Thursday, April 27th, 2017 at the Gillespie Center in South Bend.

Get tickets at


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Sunday, March 26, 2017

How to Organize Kid’s Rooms, Closets, and Toys from Lorie Marrero

This week, author of The Clutter Diet, Lorie Marrero, shares how to deal with all the kid stuff!  What if your world didn't include the stress of all the clutter from the toys and clothes? Impossible? Check out this video for tips on how to achieve the possible!


It’s time to take off the kid gloves and tackle getting your children organized. Monday’s child may be fair of face, but frustrations mount when toys aren’t put back in place. Watch this video to tackle kid’s clothes, shoes, and toys. Without that daily stress you can be the poster child for relaxing, fun free time, and that’s not just child’s play!


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