It’s that time of the year again! Spring cleaning is fast approaching. Part of spring cleaning is weeding out the things in your home that are no longer needed or used. Don’t throw them out though! Pass them along to someone who can use or needs them.
Clothing can be passed along to numerous places. Children’s clothing in good condition can go to local children’s shelters. Some schools keep a small clothing closet that would find them a good home. Ladies clothing can go to women’s shelters. If you have business style clothing to donate, check for a local Dress for Success style organization; a local unemployment office would be a great resource. Many churches also have free clothing closets willing to take anything.
Craft and hobby supplies often stack up over time. Haven’t thrown it out because you don’t want it to go to waste? Schools are a wonderful place to donate these items. Their budgets are tight too, so they are more likely to use what they can get for a great price: free! Teen group homes are another place where crafting supplies are in high demand. They find the crafting as therapeutic as we all do.
Old appliances in good working order shouldn’t just be hauled off to the landfill. Check the classifieds of a local paper for a company that buys used appliances. Just want them gone? Donate the appliances at a Good Will or Salvation Army. Call to see if either will even come pick them up.
Household items get replaced regularly. Instead of sticking the old in a closet never to be seen again get creative. The website craigslist.org is a wonderful tool for getting rid of anything around the house. If you think it’s worth something you name your price. If you just want it gone, list it as free. There is also a wonderful site called freecycle.org. Nothing can be sold on there, but it’s a good way to find household items, everything from pets to trampolines, a new home. There is no cost for use of either website.
Books often get tossed aside. When you clean off your shelves check with your local library to see if they have a designated area for trading paperbacks. Often they are at the entrance or just outside. Many workplaces have a book exchange in the break room. You should be able to drop already read books off and possibly grab a few new ones.
Don’t forget word of mouth. Often you can find a young family starting out that is happy to have anything to set up household. Check with your family, your church members, and local bulletin boards.
Now no excuses! Get cleaning and help someone out at the same time.