Seven Days of Spring Cleaning

Goodwill’s One-Week Guide to Clearing Out the Clutter by Donating More than 70 percent of Americans engage in the annual tradition of spring cleaning, according to a 2013 survey by the American Cleaning Institute. But one of the most common dilemmas for spring cleaners is what to do with all that stuff. As the green movement grows, consumers are increasingly …

Knowing Your Skills

When you are faced with the challenge of finding a job – do you know what skills you have that employers will find of value?  Whether you are looking for your first job or a second career – it is important to know your strengths and abilities. Last year I was faced with these same challenges after being laid off …

Searching for Romantic Gifts on Shopgoodwill.com

How would you explain romance to someone?  The dictionary states it’s a feeling of excitement, mystery and remoteness from every day life.  So why are gifts so often predictable, routine, and mass-produced—the very opposite of romantic?  Sure, it is not easy to come up with meaningful gift ideas year after year.  But there’s help. The search tool on Shopgoodwill.com can help find exciting possibilities that …

No-Sew Fabric Flower Vase

A few weeks ago Goodwill Mansfield celebrated its 50th Anniversary. In honor of the celebration there was food, raffles, face painting, and an awesome craft table (wink wink!) At the craft table, I taught people how to make DIY, no-sew fabric flowers to decorate a vase. Shoppers, local news reporters and Goodwill employees liked the craft so much that we …

Valentine’s Day Finds

If you’re anything like me, you have some type of “preselected” Valentine’s Day item that you wear year after year.  For me it’s a good old red cardigan.  I swear I probably would have donated the cardigan years ago if it weren’t for February 14. So with that being said I’ve tried to think outside the box this February and …

Creating a Plan to Learn New Skills

We are all dealt a certain hand in life – sometimes fair and other times… not so much.  And although everything in life is not in our control, we can focus on those areas that are, such as developing new skills.  Setting a goal to be a life-long learner is one way to continually grow, and who knows it may …

Stylish Storage Solutions

Now is the time many of us are looking at ways to simplify our lives and a good place to start is by reducing our stuff. Especially after the holidays, I think most of us look at the extra things we have that we may not need or want. Have you ever thought, “This is ridiculous, how can one person …

Fabric Covered Holiday Tins

              Piles…We have them everywhere. Little piles of mail and receipts. Little piles of pens and markers. Little piles of “things” that need to get organized in this room or that room. Little piles of to-do’s. I don’t want to see anymore piles! I must disguise them! I became the hero of a few …

2014 New Year Style Tips

Happy New Year Everyone! I wanted to share a few style guidlines that I am going to try and incorporate this new year.  It is so easy for me to resort to the same styles all winter… because it’s Ohio, and it’s kind of chilly (ya know?)! Here are a few things on the list. Everyday Vintage. Every morning when …

Vintage Gloves: Remember those Days?

Do you remember the time when women wore gloves?  Not the keep-our-hands-warm gloves, but the pretty gloves that were worn whenever we left the house.  I guess I’m showing my age a bit, but I remember wearing gloves from my grandmothers and mother, too.  In fact, I still have many of those gloves and the beautiful marble glass glove box …