Spring Cleaning: What To Upcycle, Recycle Or Donate
Spring cleaning is an annual tradition that marks the end of hibernating under your favorite throw and the beginning of clearing winter clutter. Aside from ensuring each room is left spotless, this event presents itself as the perfect opportunity to sort through old or unused possessions. Two beneficial ways to clear out these items are donation and recycling. However, it can be difficult to decide what to do with certain goods. Here are 5 ideas on what to upcycle, recycle, or donate.
• Donate gently used or unused apparel. If you come across clothing or accessories such as shoes, scarves and hats that you haven't worn in at least a year or that no longer fit, give them to charity.
• Recycle or Upcycle worn-out clothing. Upcycling is a way to re-use clothes you have by turning it into something else. This can be anything from turning old T-shirts into rags to making a pair of jeans into a handbag. If you're not that crafty, you can recycle old clothes to be re-processed. This is where most of thrift stores send clothes that don't sell.
• Donate gently used kitchenware. Go through your pantry, cupboards and cabinets to sort through utensils and appliances that are rarely used but still in good working order. Give them away to family and friends. They can be especially useful for college students living in a dorm, or as a thoughtful housewarming gift for newlyweds.
• Upcycle mismatched kitchenware. There are hundreds of new items you can make from mismatched kitchenware. You can make candleholders from teacups, mosaic planters from plates, and even jewelry from broken china!
• Donate toys your children no longer play with. Your adult children probably don't give any thought to their childhood stuffed animals or board games. Pack them into boxes and ask parents with young children if they would like any of your children's old toys. If your children are still small, having them separate the toys they want to keep from the ones they don't can be an important lesson in sharing and giving back to the community.
• Recycle old newspapers and magazines. Many people have piles of reading material packed away to read later or remind them of important life events. Unless they hold sentimental value, you're safe to remove them and give yourself more open space.
• Recycle old electronics and cords. Properly recycling old phones, laptops, tablets and more can recover thousands of pounds of metal that can be used for other things. People also tend to keep the cords to gadgets that are long gone. This just leaves behind a tangled mess that takes up space. Take them to your local electronics store for proper disposal.
• Upcycle computer parts. If you're not quite ready to let go of your computer, you can renew it by making it into a piece of furniture, a dog or cat house, refrigerator magnets, or clocks. There is no shortage of ways to upcycle a computer.
Spring cleaning isn't just about cleaning your house from top to bottom. It's also the perfect time to go through unused belongings and finding a new use for them or giving them away to others who will make better use of them. You'll end up with more open space and the happiness that goes along with giving to others.