Time to Start Spring Cleaning?
It’s that time of year again. The snow has finally melted, green things are sprouting everywhere, sneezes can be heard in the distance, and we get that little itch that tells us it’s time for a spring cleaning. You look around your house and you see the clutter you’ve collected over the past few months.
We have been cooped up in the house all winter, which meant some of us headed to the store every chance we got to pick up things that would make us less bored in the days when it got dark at 5 o’clock. Others haven’t gotten around to taking all those empty hummus and guacamole containers out to the recycling bin just yet. Hey, it’s been a really cold winter!
Clutter-Free and Environmentally Conscious
Some people may look at a pile of clutter and think, “I’ll just grab a giant plastic bag, throw it all in and that will be the end of it!” Sure, you won’t have to look at it anymore, but think about the ramifications that can lead to, like overcrowding landfills and pollution. Instead, there are alternatives to make sure you don’t cause any more harm to the environment.
Recycling is the easiest thing you can do. Most of you probably already do, so just start sorting your clutter into piles of recyclables. And for those items that can not in any way be recycled, donated, reused or sold, you can toss them into the trash. At least you know you’ve tried to decrease the waste winding up in a landfill.
Spring Cleaning With a Chance of Green
Who doesn’t want to make a few extra dollars for the stuff we already have? There are so many outlets that offer ways to make money without even leaving the house. There are community sites like Craigslist.org, which allow you to post items with pictures that you want to sell. For antiques or items that you don’t mind shipping, there’s Ebay.com. And if you are crafty and have tons of “projects” lying around the house, you can sell them on sites like Etsy.com. Turn your clutter into a business, but just make sure you don’t restock or overstock any time soon.
De-Clutter, Do Good and Feel Good
Sometimes an item that has been a thorn in your spine for years is just what someone else has dreamed of. Slightly used goods can make a world of difference for those who are less fortunate. Some places will actually show up at your front door, help you load your clutter and whisk it away.
Whether it is a physical place you take your items to or a clothing bin on the side of the highway, you can rest assured that your clutter will help someone else out. Freecycle.org is a great site that helps you connect with your community by donating to people in need of certain items. Animal lovers can bring towels, blankets and pet goods to animal shelters to help out our non-human friends.
De-Clutter For Your Own Wellbeing
Let’s face it, it feels great to finally let the clutter go. It makes room in your life and mind for more important things. It’s not about how much stuff you have but the impact you make on others and the planet. Once the clutter is gone, you can take a deep breath and enjoy the fresh spring air!