If you’re like many people, “stuff” seems to accumulate wherever there is available space. Most of it is likely little more than clutter, but sometimes precious mementos are secreted within the piles. The thought of wading through the piles can be daunting.
But help is on the waay! Goodwill Industries of Central Florida is bringing a “decluttering expert” and noted cable-television star to its Port Orange store to help educate people on how to save the memories while ditching the clutter.
On Friday, April 8, Matt Paxton will be at the Port Orange Goodwill store at 1752 Dunlawton Ave. from 3 to 4:30 p.m.
Paxton is a downsizing and cleaning expert best known for his role on the popular cable shows Hoarders and Legacy List With Matt Paxton. He was also recently named an ambassador and international spokesperson for Goodwill.
He will have already appeared at a Goodwill store in Winter Garden the morning of April 8.
During his appearances at the Goodwill stores, Paxton will encourage the community to put his latest book into practice.
Attendees who arrive with donations at the Port Orange and Winter Garden stores will receive a free copy of Keep the Memories, Lose the Stuff while supplies last. Paxton can sign the books during the event.
Donors who visit any of Goodwill’s other Central Florida retail stores or Donation Xpress Centers on Friday will receive a special gift.
In addition to teaching people how to downsize by organizing their keepsakes, a key part of Paxton’s mission is encouraging those he helps to donate unwanted items.
As many know, donations allow Goodwill to provide low-cost goods to the community while also helping people achieve their goals through resources and jobs. Revenue generated through sales of gently used items funds the organization’s employment placement and workforce training services, as well as Goodwill’s vocational rehabilitation program.
For more than 60 years, Goodwill Industries of Central Florida has provided vocational and job placement services to tens of thousands of people living in Central Florida.
Through 30 retail/outlet stores and 20 Donation Xpress locations in Volusia, Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Brevard and Lake counties, Goodwill diverted 18.7 million pounds of clothing and household items from landfills in 2021.
Goodwill Industries of Central Florida directly channels more than 90 percent of its annual revenue into programs that enable individuals to secure meaningful employment, achieve their personal goals and thrive economically.
There are two Goodwill retail stores in West Volusia, one at 1600 N. Woodland Blvd. in DeLand, and the other at 891 Harley Strickland Blvd. in Orange City.