When in doubt, don’t throw out…donate!

When I woke up this morning, I had all intents and purposes to write a blog on spring cleaning. I did a cleanup of my closet this weekend (which felt GREAT, fyi) and I figured I could share some tips on how to spring clean (my ulterior motive should be obvious – donate the stuff you no longer need and use Zealous Good to do so!).

BUT then in my research of tips (I prefer to rely on Martha Stewart and Real Simple and other folks that are better at organizing than me), I came across a phase frequently that just made me a bit… frustrated.

“When in doubt, throw it out.”

This may be okay when you smell the milk and you aren’t sure if it’s still good, but I think it’s a bad spring clean mantra! I guess you lose the luster of the rhyme when you say “when in doubt, donate it”. Maybe we could change it to “when you don’t know, give to a NPO” or “when your house is an amalgamation, please consider donation.”

I should stop, that was starting to be too much fun.

Basically my down arrow is (shout out to my Bainies there) spring cleaning is great, but if you think that someone else could benefit from something you no longer want, donate it. And, let Zealous Good help you (and that was the last shameless plug of the blog post).


Brittany Martin Graunke is the founder of Zealous Good, an in-kind donations marketplace in Chicago. You can find Brittany on Google+ or on Twitter at @ZealousBrittany. You can find Zealous Good on Facebook and Zealous Good on Twitter at @ZealousGood.

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