Spring Cleaning 2013

Well it is that time of year again. When we switch from our winter wear to our spring wear and everything else that we need to take care of for the change of the season.

According to Blueprint, “100 Reasons to Get Rid of It,” 80% of what we own we never use and 1.4 million Americans suffer from clutter and chronic hoarding. Because of this we burn 55 minutes a day looking for things.

There are many other options rather than throwing things in the trash. Remember the old phrase? Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

Spring cleaning is the time to reduce the clutter, by either reusing for something else, recycling (such as donating or recycling).

Here are some steps to reduce:

  • 1-800-Got-Junk – Pay someone else to take out the (big, cumbersome) trash.
  • Public Storage – Lock it up in more than 2,100 locations around the USA
  • Salvation Army – Schedule a pick-up with your local Salvation Army
  • Earth911.org – Find local recycling and reuse programs for all kings of household items
  • 127sale.com – Set up shop at the World’s Long Yard Sale, August 2-5 along 450 miles of Highway 127 in southeast US
  • Have your own yard/garage sale on National Garage Sale Day, August 10
  • Swap-O-Rama-Rama – Attend a nationwide clothing exchanges and do-it-yourself alternation workshops
  • WildZipper.com – Watch as a pile of your favorite old t-Shirts are converted into a quilt

Here are some steps to reuse:

Cell Phone

  • Verizon Wireless – Put a refurbished phone (of any brand) into the hands of a domestic violence victim
  • Eco-cell.com – Or let its sale benefit an environmental charity
  • Care.org – Send a phone to the field staff of a poverty-fighting mission

All Technology

  • Rethink.eBay.com – work with charities to find homes for consumer electronics
  • YouthForTechnology.org – Put scanners, computers and cameras in the hands of deserving, impoverished kids around the world

Air Miles

  • Red Cross – For Red Cross staff and volunteers
  • HeroMiles.com – For deployed soldiers
  • Marrow.org – For transplant patients
  • ChildrensCancerAssociation.org – For terminally ill kids

Furniture & Appliances

  • ExcessAccess.org – Match your household items with a local non-profit’s wish list
  • Help1Up.org – Furnish homes for disaster victims
  • DressForSuccess.org – Give interview and work clothing to disadvantaged women
  • MakingMemories.org – Donate a wedding gown to benefit breast-cancer patients
  • OperationFairyDust.org – Send formal wear to teenage girls who need help getting to the prom
  • OneWarmCoat.org – A free coat to anyone who needs one

Other

  • SuitcasesForKids.org – Supply children in foster care with luggage
  • UniteForSight.org & GiveTheGiftofSight.org – Send eyewear to men and women in underdeveloped countries
  • Goodwill – Fund job training programs and social services
  • Freecycle.org – Post donations for charities (and regular folks) to claim
  • Habitat.org – Donate leftover building supplies to Habitat for Humanity’s ReStores

Here are some steps to recycle:

  • Nikereuseashoe.com – Recycled footwear materials become sports and playground surfaces.
  • Patagonia.com – Donated Capilene base layers become polyester fibers for new Capilene garments.
  • Pangea organics’ packaging becomes an herb garden when planted in soil.
  • Cargo cosmetics’ PlantLove lipstick tubes come in plantable boxes that sprout wildflowers.
  • Pencilthings.com – Old newspapers become colored pencils.
  • Vivaterra.com – Rubber tires become sleek purses…
  • Passchal.com – …or rugged iPod covers.
  • Gaiam.com – Plastic soda bottles become durable hammocks.
  • Recycline.com – Yogurt containers become colorful plates, flatware, toothbrushes, and razors.

By cleaning up and getting rid of clutter it will make your life better. By getting rid of clutter you will reduce housework by 40%. Erase a $10K credit card debt (with an average interest rate) 65% faster – and pay 75% less total interest – when you pay double the typical minimum monthly payment. Around 23% of people pay late fees on bills they cannot find.

Because reducing clutter you can get something back.

  • When you return six (6) MAC cosmetics containers to any MAC store and receive a free lipstick.
  • Trade in an old iPod and receive a 10% discount on a new one.
  • CoinStar.com – Easily convert spare change into “real” money.
  • GiftCardBuyBack.com – Get cash for gift cards you’ll never use
  • PaperbackSwap.com – Trade the books you have for the ones you want
  • Peerflix.com – Trade the DVDs you’ve seen for the ones you haven’t
  • Spun.com – Clear off your CD shelves, and make money in the process
  • TitleTrader.com – Great entertainment exchange: books, music, movies and games, all swapped in one place
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