This spring, go green when you clean. As you go through your piles of stuff, think about ways you can reuse or recycle the items that you don’t want anymore. There are plenty of ways to re-purpose, sell, or donate the clean out pile. Remember, one person’s trash, is another person’s treasure!
If you are getting rid of a few things of value, don't miss out on an opportunity to earn some green. Check out opportunities to sell your items at your local consignment stores, and consider company or local classifieds. For the more internet savvy, try eBay or Craigslist.
If you have your own personal library and need to free up some space, check out your local library's book drive and http://www.discoverbooks.com/.
Many organizations are looking for and will accept donations. Goodwill and Salvation Army are widely known and have the donation process down to a science. But don't forget your local organizations and charities. Some common organizations that take donations include Junior League (clothing), Veteran organizations (clothing, DVDs, care package items), SPCA (towels, rags), food banks (dry and canned goods), etc.
Do you still like the item but don’t want to use it in its current state? Go to the web to get inspiration on giving it a facelift and a new purpose! I personally like Pinterest which combines ideas from different people, websites, blogs, etc. It’s a great place to start imagining the new possibilities for what might otherwise seem like trash.
As you recycle and reuse, remember to safeguard against identify theft and don't put yourself in uncomfortable situations. If you are donating items to a charity, remember to ask about tax deductions.
Good luck & happy cleaning!!
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