The first day of Spring means two things. It means that the weather is getting nicer, but most importantly it means that it is time for some spring cleaning. Spring cleaning is great for many reasons. First, it allows you to declutter and get your life back in order. Secondly, it allows you to have more space in your house for new items, and also put your mind at ease knowing you’re not constantly staring at the junk you have been wanting to get rid of. But most importantly, it gives you the chance to give back and make a difference in someone else’s life.
Spring cleaning can be a daunting task, that can either take one day or multiple days. Most try to complete their major spring cleaning all within a matter of hours, and find themselves frustrated when they look at their progress and see none. Instead of cramming it all into one day it helps to pick a weekend, usually when it is pouring rain and cold outside to get spring cleaning done so that the beauty of outside and fresh spring air doesn’t get you distracted. If you find you are one of those people that has trouble staying focused and completing big tasks, try to split the cleaning up over a few days, or even a few weekends. When you try to cram it all into one day, by the time mid-afternoon hits, you’re usually exhausted, and over the spring cleaning. You might find that spreading the cleaning out will help you be more effective and get the process done quicker.
When you clean, you should focus on three categories: keep, donate or trash. For household items, think about the last time that you actually used them or are you going to use it in the near future. When it comes to clothing or seasonal items, you will want to determine whether or not you wore it in the last six months or whether or not you’re going to wear it in the upcoming season. If you determine that you won’t be using the item any time soon or find no reason to keep them anymore, move those items to a donate pile, and take them to your local thrift stores or consignment shops or call 9PickUp for donate furniture free pick up.
If you clean in batches and focus on one category at a time it makes it easier to determine whether you should keep or donate things. Start with the easier categories first and then move on to the harder category as the day progresses. Starting with large items first allows you to make quick decisions, and get the bulk out of the way.
Furniture and Home Decor
Furniture and home decor is the easiest category. For a lot of people, extra furniture usually ends up in the basement or storage before spring cleaning day even arrives, but you can schedule an appointment with 9PickUp for donate furniture free pick up. They do have restrictions on what they will and won’t accept. Upholstered items need to be free of stains and tears. Home décor in good condition will be accepted.
Dishes and Kitchen Items
This is the group that might surprise you. Even with limited cupboard and storage space, extra water bottles, coffee cups, dishes and other items seem to accumulate. Make it a point to only keep the ones that you use the most and that you think are the nicest. Community men’s and women’s groups will take these items for people who are just getting back on their feet and moving into an apartment for the first time.
Books and Magazines
Most people do not read books or magazines more than once, so it is a good idea to get rid of them as soon as you finish reading them to prevent them from piling up. Local veterans’ hospitals and wounded warrior programs love to accept used books and magazines, to give the veterans something to occupy their time with, and they love to ship them to troops overseas. If you don’t know where your local veteran hospital is, call 9PickUp to donate furniture free pick up.
Glasses and Contacts
Because optometrists understand that prescription glasses and sunglasses can get pretty pricey, and there is a need for them, most eye doctors have a collection box in their office to donate prescription glasses, contacts and sunglasses that you can no longer use.
Craft and Art Supplies
If you have kids and you have a craft closet, you know that it starts every spring looking beautiful, and by the following year it is a mess of random construction paper, glue sticks, pipe cleaners, glitter and other items. Look no further than your own community. Local community centers or boy/girl scout troops are always accepting donations for arts and crafts supplies.
Linens and Towels
Take linens and towels that are still in good condition to the local homeless shelter. They accept blankets, sleeping bags, coats and suitcases. Even though they might be considered useless to you, they make a world of difference to someone else. Interestingly enough, zoos constantly post wish lists with items and supplies they can use for animal enrichment and use to line their cages.
Toys and Sporting Equipment
Adults aren’t the only ones who need to clean. Get your kids involved. Have them go through their toys to decide which ones they have outgrown. If all parts and pieces are intact and they don’t want them, donate them to your church to use for the playroom or on the playground. They also have a closet of extras they keep to help families during emergencies.
Clothing, Shoes and Jewelry
Clothes, shoes, and jewelry are always the hardest to get rid of because of the sentimental attachments we create to these items. The rule of thumb for everyday clothing is, if you haven’t worn it in six months it gets donated. If you have any professional clothing that you want to donate, take them to organizations that get people prepared for interviews by providing them with the proper clothes. They accept clothing, belts, purses, jewelry and accessories. Formal wear and anything that could be used as a costume I take to the local theater group. You can also call 9PickUp for free donate furniture pick up.
Donating makes extra space in your house and makes someone else’s day brighter. Aside from the benefits that it provides to someone else you can also get a tax write off for the items that you have donated. Thrift stores and consignment shops allow you to catalog the value of your donated items and will give you a receipt for you to keep for when tax season rolls around. Refer to the IRS website for specific rules and required documentation. To learn more about how you can help donate your items, contact us today. If you have a big haul of donation items that you want to be picked up, call 9PickUp to donate furniture free pick up.