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Spring is here—finally! If you’re like many others, you take this opportunity to clear out the clutter and wipe away the winter doldrums. It’s Spring Cleaning time. This year, consider donating your Spring Cleaning leftover items to Goodwill.

How did Spring Cleaning begin?

Centuries ago, when homes were heated by fireplaces, soot and grime would build up over the long winter. People would hibernate in their homes all winter long, sealing off anyway for heat to escape the house. An enclosed place, multiple bodies, and no fresh air left a home in a dingy state. When warm weather came, people aired out the house and cleaned the buildup of grime from a long, cold winter.

How to declutter your house

Use the warm weather this year as a springboard to declutter. Fewer possessions mean less to organize, less to clean, less stress, and more money and energy for other things. Here are creative ways to declutter your home:

  • Give away one item every day. You could do a thirty-day challenge and donate a single item a day. By the end of the challenge, you’ll have removed 30 items from your home taking up space and collecting dust.
  • Fill one trash bag. Grab a clean trash bag and hit your clothes closet. If you haven’t worn something in the last year, donate it. Or if you’ve recently bought a bunch of cute spring clothes, bag up and donate furniture calgary last year’s spring wardrobe.
  • Make a list. List all the places/rooms in your home that need to be decluttered. Start with the easiest and cross areas off your list as you eliminate items you don’t need. You control how difficult or easy you make your list.
  • Take the 3 R Challenge. Find 10 items you can Reuse or re-purpose, 10 items you can Recycle, and 10 items you can Reduce. You could make it a competition between family members. The winner gets to pick a dessert that evening.
  • Use the 4-box method. For each area, you want to declutter, set out 4 boxes: donate, relocate, keep, or trash. Consider the wide range of items Goodwill accepts when adding to your donate box. Relocating items could include moving them to a more appropriate place in your home or giving them to extended family members who could use them. The keep box is obvious. For trash, only consider throwing away items not accepted by Goodwill such as torn or stained clothing and broken appliances. Most of your stuff is donate-able. And try to recycle everything that’s not.

Every item you declutter can become someone else’s treasure when you donate. And the money raised by decluttering your home this spring can help an Albertan with disabilities find gainful employment. It is in your power to give someone the opportunity to create a better quality of living this spring.

Make a difference in a person’s life today by donating clothes and household goods to Goodwill Alberta. Click here to find a donation center and thrift shop edmonton close to you.

Shirley Wenger is a professional journalist and editor who has been working in the publishing industry for more than 15 years. She is an award-winning writer and her work has been featured in various publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Time Magazine.

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