Goodwill® Partners with Simplicity Organizers to Offer Spring Cleaning Life Hacks


March 31, 2016

Goodwill® Partners with Simplicity Organizers to Offer Spring Cleaning Life Hacks
Combat the clutter while learning tips to save time, money and headache

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (March 31, 2016) – Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont has partnered with local professional organizing company Simplicity Organizers to offer budget-friendly “life hacks” for embarking on the annual spring cleaning tradition. Laurie Martin, Certified Professional Organizer and owner of Simplicity Organizers, shares organizing expertise with her skilled team to make day-to-day life easier when beginning spring cleaning.

As spring and warm weather have officially arrived, Goodwill and Simplicity Organizers offer the following “Life Hacks” when commencing spring cleaning this year.

  1. Organize your closet by color: This not only helps when selecting your outfit, but it also helps you identify which colors you have in abundance and which you may be lacking.
  2. Plan outfits in advance: Save time during busy weekday mornings and select outfits for the week on Sunday night. Hang items together in the closet with tags noting each assigned day to avoid stress while getting dressed.
  3. Steam wrinkled clothes: Save time on ironing by tossing wrinkled clothes into the dryer with a wet cloth or towel. The wet material will emit steam to easily de-wrinkle your clothes. 
  4. Use hanging shoe holders for stuffed animals: Stuffed animals can easily pile up in children’s bedrooms and playrooms. Use over-the-door hanging shoe holders to ensure each stuffed animal has a home off of the floor.
  5. Create parking spots for children’s vehicles: Designate a section of the garage and create parking spaces for kids’ bicycles, scooters, wagons, etc. to keep them out of the way. Outline spaces with blue painter’s tape on the garage floor and your children will have their very own parking spot.
  6. Wash backpacks and lunchboxes: Spring break is a great time to clean out your children’s backpacks and lunchboxes, which can be a breeding ground for mold and mildew. A quick wipe down and air dry will freshen things up until school is out this summer.
  7. Roll clothes in drawers and suitcases: Prevent creases and wrinkles on clothes by rolling lengthwise when stored in drawers and in suitcases when traveling. Plus, you can easily identify each item instead of having to dig through a stack of clothes.
  8. Simplify with all white socks for children: It takes unnecessary time when you have to match each and every colorful sock. White socks can always be matched to each other and are also easy to bleach.
  9. Store linen sets inside pillowcases: Avoid misplaced and mismatched linens by storing each full set into one pillowcase to keep items together in the linen closet.
  10. Purge mismatched sheets and pillow cases: Spring is the time to clean out the linen closet and donate items to Goodwill that no longer match each other or your style. Two sets of sheets in good condition per bed is all you need to maintain during the year.

“We hope these spring cleaning ‘life hacks’ are a handy resource to help organize homes in the Charlotte region this spring,” said Barbara Maida-Stolle, executive vice president of business enterprises at Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont. “Spring cleaning is a great time to clean out the clutter with a purpose, and we accept gently used clothing, housewares, toys, electronics, books and more.”

Proceeds from the sale of donations in Goodwill retail stores fund job training and employment services free of charge for unemployed and underemployed individuals as they upgrade their skills to enter the competitive workforce. Each week, 230 people access Goodwill’s employment and basic needs resources.

Goodwill encourages the community to begin spring cleaning in their homes or by hosting yard sales with neighborhoods, schools or religious organizations to donate unwanted items. Goodwill offers free home or corporate pick-ups with two or more large furniture items to donate within 25 miles of center city Charlotte. Visit to schedule a pick-up or locate a donation drop-off site in the region.

Follow Goodwill and Simplicity Organizers on social media for video demos and photos of each of the 10 “life hacks” at @GoodwillSP and @SimplicityOrganizers. The organizations encourage followers to share their photos when applying these tips using the hashtag #SimplyGoodLifeHacks.

For more information about Goodwill and its programs, visit

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About Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont

Goodwill has been serving individuals and families in the Southern Piedmont region of North and South Carolina for more than 50 years. Goodwill operates 23 retail stores and has more than 45 donation sites in the region. Proceeds from the sale of donated goods fund job training and employment services for individuals facing barriers to employment such as lack of skills, experience or education and criminal backgrounds. In 2015, Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont provided employment services to 12,000 individuals and placed 1,600 job seekers in local jobs thanks to donations and purchases from the community. For more information, visit | Twitter: @GoodwillSP | Instagram: @GoodwillSP

About Simplicity Organizers

Simplicity is a nationally recognized professional organizing company committed to changing homes and lives by creating customized and maintainable organizational systems. Simplicity’s goal is to change clients’ perspectives on possessions and focus on what matters most. After designing a personalized organizational plan, the Simplicity team teaches clients how to maintain new systems and offers ongoing support. Simplicity’s services cover a wide range of needs, from small closets and playrooms to organizing entire homes. Simplicity helps clients create space and balance, experience peace and clarity, and discover a new sense of harmony in their homes and lives. For more information, please visit | Twitter: @Simplicity_CPO | Instagram: @SimplicityOrganizers

Media Contact

Molly Thompson | PR & Social Media Manager | Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont | Phone: (704) 332-0262 | Email:

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