Spring cleaning tips
The new year is in motion and spring is in sight. It's a great time to evaluate the things you have in your home, declutter, and donate. Donating things you no longer need will free up space in your home and allow your items to better serve someone else who needs them. Decluttering your home can seem like a daunting task, but sorting through your home will be more manageable if you tackle it in these four categories: Toys, books, wardrobe, and furniture.
Declutter and Donate - spread the love
If you have children, or are an adult with a healthy toy collection of your own, toys and entertainment items are a good place to start. Look through and donate the entertainment items that have been outgrown or no longer hold interest. If these are your children's toys, involve your kids in the process of going through their toys to teach them the positive impact of clearing space. Make sure to include them in donating their toys so they can understand and appreciate that their toys are going to children who might need them. If these are outdated electronics, look locally to see if there are programs near you that accept old technologies for teaching or recycling.
Trust the Dust - a signal that it might be time to let go
Sort through the books that have been collecting dust on your shelves. Used bookstores, schools, libraries, and thrift stores will be thrilled with your donation.
Undress the Mess - figure out what you love and use
Clearing out your closet is a great opportunity to create more order in your daily routine. Oprah Winfrey’s closet hanger experiment is an excellent way to create space in your closet. Turn all of your hangers to the reverse direction in your closet. Every time you wear a garment, flip the hanger to the correct direction. After six months, evaluate the articles of clothing with hangers still facing the reverse direction and consider donating them.
Does your household have a pile of tennis shoes that are too worn to donate? Nike’s Reuse-A-Shoe Program can still put those dirty kicks to good use. The Reuse-A-Shoe Program takes old sneakers and turns them into footwear, apparel, and sport surfaces through Nike Grind. Nike placed Reuse-A-Shoe bins in every one of their retail locations and accepts any brand of athletic shoes for this program.
Go Big - out with the old
If you have gently used furniture and appliances you no longer need, there are many charities that will come to you and pick up your donations for free.
- Salvation Army – Schedule a pick up HERE (https://satruck.org/Donate/Choose )
- Goodwill – Schedule a pick up HERE (http://www.goodwill.org/?s=schedule+a+pickup )
- Habitat for Humanity – Schedule a pick up HERE (https://www.habitat.org/stories/does-habitat-offer-furniture-donation-pickup )
Decluttering your home can reduce stress and maximize space in your home. Donating the gently used items you no longer need will ensure that your things will be used and help the community after you part with them. Make it a positive activity and get everyone in your household involved in decluttering your home and spreading the love!