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!

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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!


 from: https://www.clutterdiet.com/clutter-video-tip-how-to-organize-kids-rooms-closets-and-toys/

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Friday, March 17, 2017

MODELS WANTED


It’s that time of year when I start searching for models for fashion shows. The first Model Call will be for the Goodwill Little Black Dress Fashion Show & Boutique in South Bend the end of April.

YOU MUST ATTEND ONE OF THESE OPEN
CALLS TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS SHOW. 

For more details about the show or to purchase tickets, please visit: GoodwillFashionShow.com


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Friday, March 10, 2017

The Excel Center - A Free High School for Adults!



DID YOU KNOW?
Goodwill is the driving force behind The Excel Center?  Goodwill LEADS, Inc. is a non-profit entity affiliated with Goodwill Industries of Michiana, Inc.
 


The Excel Center is a free, Indiana charter high school in South Bend designed to help adult students do as the name suggests... Excel! The school offers a curriculum with the academic and personal resources that meet you where you are in life.  We’re different than online, self-study GED programs. You receive face-to-face instruction combined with a flexible class schedule and supportive relationships to help you manage work, life and family responsibilities. Upon completion, you'll have a Core 40 High School Diploma, not a GED!

IS IT TIME FOR YOU TO TAKE A
STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION?
 
Get your high school diploma at The Excel Center and brighten you future! Call Caitlin at (574) 314-5570 for more information and stop in for Preview Day on Tuesday, March 14th.  While you’re there, you can sit in on a class, meet teachers and complete an application. If you aren't able to join us on Preview Day, you can stop in when it is convenient for you.  Visitors are welcome any time between 8:30 am and 6:00 pm.  If school has been challenging for you in the past, the Excel Center can help. You’ll have an individual academic plan developed by our staff. Child care is available at no cost; and there are free Transpo passes for those who qualify. You can apply online at: ExcelCenterHS.org.




WHY THE EXCEL CENTER?

  • Only 46% of those who dropped out of high school are employed 
  • People without a high school diploma are 8 times more likely to be incarcerated
  • Employed individuals without a diploma earn 41% less than high school graduates 
  • More than 70% of high school dropouts live below the poverty line  
  • Children whose parents have not earned high school diplomas are 50% more likely to drop out 
  • There are 25,000 adults within 10 miles of South Bend without a high school diploma 
  • There are 700,000+ Hoosier adults without a high school diploma 
  • 90% of jobs in the United States require a diploma


WHAT NEXT?
The application is free and takes less than 10 minutes to complete. Classes start soon, so call Caitlin at: (574) 314-5570 for more information; or stop in for Preview Day on Tuesday, March 14th.

The Excel Center
2721 Kenwood Avenue
South Bend, IN  46628

* Entrance shared w/ Amtrak at North Meade & Orange Streets
          
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Friday, March 3, 2017

Goodwill Style Makeover - Christi

This month's Style Makeover winner is Christi. Christi is a mom to a college-aged daughter. Like most moms with adult children, she found herself wondering who she was and felt ready to reinvent herself. We helped her define her fashion style to match who she is on the inside.

For some tips on how you can start to match who you are on the inside with the clothing you are wearing on the outside, check back in a few weeks!  I'll post a FREE DOWNLOAD tool to help you determine YOUR personal style!







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Friday, February 24, 2017

Clutter Video Tip: Good Riddance! 5 Good Reasons to Declutter & LET IT GO

We are thrilled to introduce our readers to Lorie Marrero - she's a pretty big deal in the world of de-cluttering and organizing. We hope you enjoy getting to know her, and get some useful tips on how to just LET IT GO!
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“I’ve got whozits and whatzits galore, you want thingamabobs? I’ve got twenty!” If this sounds like you, but you aren’t hanging out in an undersea cavern with a lobster named Sebastian, it may be time to declutter. Watch this video, and learn how to let go of the gadgets and gizmos a-plenty that you really don’t need. Say good riddance to your trove of “treasures” untold and let it go so you can make room for something fantastic to be Part of Your World!



Transcript:

Hi. I’m Lorie Marrero, creator of the Clutter Diet book and on-line program, and when you’re organizing sometimes, it can be very difficult to let go of things, to get rid of things, and let’s talk today about five reasons that might make it a little easier for you to say not only goodbye, but even good riddance to some of your things.

First of all, you can’t have anything new and useful and beautiful come into your life if you don’t have room for it. So if your closet is stuffed full of clothes that you don’t wear, you can’t even see what you have, how are you going to make room for anything new and gorgeous and fun to come into your wardrobe? You’ve got to get rid of that stagnant stuff so that you can see what new is coming in and enjoy that and have a flow in and out.

Secondly, some of your possessions may have memories associated to them that are not serving you right now. So they may be very unpleasant memories, you might want to say buh-bye to some of the possessions of your ex that are still laying around from some kind of painful breakup or divorce. That can be very therapeutic to get rid of those items. You also might have other unpleasant memories sitting around that you haven’t thought about. Like a binder from some training class from a job that you used to have and didn’t like. Or, you know, other things that represent a person that you used to be and not the person that you are now. The other things you might have around are memories that are actually pleasant memories of someone who you’ve lost, that you have been missing. They are a loved one that you wish were still around, and you want to honor that person. But what you don’t want is for that person’s belongings and all of those memories to be the predominant influence in your space to the point where it confuses your present and obscures your future and doesn’t allow you to move on to a new chapter in your life. So, again, whatever things you’re keeping, make sure the memories associated with that are serving you right now.

Third, let’s talk about things that are taking up a lot of your time, being a slave to your possessions. You might want to get rid of things if they require a lot of maintenance. So, how much are you dusting and polishing these things? Replacing the batteries? Replacing parts? How much of your stuff requires care when you go out of town? This takes a lot of your time, and maybe this factor might be the reason that pushes you to decide to get rid of something.

Next, let’s talk about the phrase “perfectly useful.” So you may have something that’s perfectly useful but it’s not perfectly useful to you. This is why I love donating my clothing and household goods to Goodwill, because I know not only is the person purchasing that item going to enjoy it, and that person is going to have a good home for that item, but the revenue from that is going to go directly to help someone in my own community, my own neighbors, to get job training, job placement services, and many other kinds of services that are really needed. So that helps me to get rid of things, because I know they’re going to a good home, and they’re going to do good in the world.

Next, let’s talk about how your possessions really complicate your life, and you can simplify your decisions by having fewer things. So essentially, fewer choices mean easier decisions. So, if you are going to select a pair of shoes, it’s much easier to choose a pair from a 30-pair collection versus having, you know, 80-something pairs of shoes. It’s going to take you a lot more time to decide that every single morning.

Essentially, you want your possessions to represent who you are and who you want to be, and you want your environment every day to support your goals moving forward. So if things that you’re debating about, whether to keep them, should you let go of them. If they are not meeting that criteria, then you should probably get rid of them. Think about it. And if you’d like more tips you can find a lot more where this came from at http://www.clutterdiet.com/freetips.

See you next time, and may you always be happy and grateful for having more than enough.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Goodwill Success Story Cynthia - Making the Most of Her Second Chance

We want to introduce you to Cynthia, who graduated from Goodwill's Second Chance Program.  One simple promise that she kept changed her life.

Here is Cynthia's success story, in her own words:  

Cynthia, a Goodwill Success Story
"I had a good childhood; some may even say I was spoiled.
As a teenager I started to rebel against my parents and would sneak out to experiment with alcohol. I started to spin downward and at age 15 I was expelled from school due to a chain of events from fighting to skipping school. After having 2 babies very young and years being in an abusive relationship, I found myself addicted to prescription drugs. It got to the point that I didn’t know who I was anymore. I hit rock bottom and was eventually arrested.
I had nowhere to go and had burnt all of my bridges with my family and friends.

On July 7, 2015, I made the first promise that I would keep in years. I told my mother I would get help. I went to a halfway house and was referred to Goodwill. When I started, I didn’t like myself and had no self-respect. I stayed at Goodwill until I had to face my past and was sentenced to prison.

While there, I entered a program called GRIP (Guiding Rage Into Power) and I did everything I could to work on myself with counselors. I was tired of running; and we dealt with issues from my past. 
When I was released, I came to Goodwill to start fresh and begin a new journey.
Goodwill gave me opportunities and helped me make the right decisions.  Through the Second Chance Program, I learned how to make sure I got to work on time and to manage my personal life so that it didn’t interfere with my job.  They also taught me how to budget my money.  I came to Goodwill to start fresh and begin a new journey.  I was tired of running and needed to deal with the issues of my past.
Today I can stand before everyone and say that I love myself." 
Cynthia, we are so proud of you and admire your hard work!  

Congratulations on your success!

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Style Makeover Winners!

We are thrilled to show you ALL of the before and after makeovers from 2016...and announce that we are NOW accepting entries to be one of our 2017 winners! Enter to win HERE.