Take your spring cleaning to the Goodwill

Spring cleaning means purging closets and homes of unused and unwanted stuff. It also means good business for the Goodwill.

The national nonprofit is asking locals to consider donating their unwanted goods to its stores. These donations do more than clear out clutter. They help people in the community get job skills to get work and support themselves and their families.

"As stewards of the goods donated to us, we sell or recycle as much as possible to raise funds for our free programs and to keep items out of the landfill," said Cindi Forslund, Vice President of Operations. "By doing this, we recycled about 19,000 tons of materials last year."

This year in honor of Earth Day, Seattle Goodwill stores will be selling eco-friendly bamboo products, including colorful bowls and towels. As always, re-usable bags are also for sale in Goodwill stores, encouraging customers to save resources by not using new plastic or paper bags for their purchases.

Want to get involved? Here's how:

1.Clean out your closets, basement, attic or garage, and gather up things you no longer usesuch as clothing, furniture, books or sporting equipment. For a list of accepted donations, please go to

2.Visit the Goodwill's website to find a donation center near you.

3.Load up your car, head to Goodwill and drop off your items.

4.Goodwill stocks the shelves of its nonprofit thrift stores with the items you donate.

5.When people buy what you donate, it's friendly to the environmentthose items get a new lease on life and stay out of the landfills. Plus, the net proceeds support Goodwill's free job training programs.

Looking to get rid of broken electronics? Bring in your old televisions, computers, monitors and laptops to one of Goodwill's donation centers, and they will be recycled responsibly, free of charge.