Spring Cleaning Done Right
Happy spring babes! You know what that means — time to get the trash bags out and declutter the heck out of our lives. You may be wondering how to achieve this in a way that is ethical? I’m about to share some insight on that sister!
I think we can all agree that Marie Kondo is an adorable, Japanese, spring cleaning ninja. I mention her because she has popularized the notion of minimalism and how tidying up your space leads to a happier and more efficient life. I don’t know if you’ve watched her Netflix show or read her book, but she has sparked an urge to simplify my belongings and clutter. The only problem with designating piles of “does not spark joy” items is the amount of trash you can create by putting it out on the curb for your weekly trash pickup. Believe me, those landfills do NOT need any more help growing. Our culture of plastic waterbottles and disposable-everything has that covered to a T. So let’s get right down to it: your best steps to saving the planet while finding joy.
1. GIVE PRIZED ITEMS AWAY TO FRIENDS AND FAMILY
Your aunt may LOVE that new kitchen appliance that you realized you haven’t used but once in the two and a half years you’ve owned it. Also, my friends and I used to love to look through each other’s piles of giveaway clothing when we cleaned out our closets! Facebook is a helpful platform to showcase to your hundreds of friends and followers what you're looking to give away to a good home.
2. USE ONLINE MARKETPLACES TO SELL ITEMS
Facebook marketplace has SO much good stuff on its site from furniture to old decor to bags to wedding centerpieces. If you’re specifically thinking you have a lot of apparel to sell, ThredUp is a perfect app to resell clothes in good condition, and is a very simple process that doesn’t involve a lot of effort. If you want to put more effort into selling your quality clothing for a bigger return on investment, Poshmark may be a better option for you! Ebay is always a possible option, but you want to make sure that the margin is enough to allow you to make money, even after paying for shipping. I made this mistake in my younger years when I was selling textbooks (heavy) for cheap on Ebay, and I ended up basically losing money on my “brilliant” resale scheme.
3. DONATE TO SECONDHAND SHOPS
The arc, the Salvation Army or Goodwill are some well-known secondhand stores that are an easy option to donate all kinds of items to. If you’re willing to do a little more footwork, the smaller aid programs and shelters are usually able to better use your items and you are giving back to your community at the same time!
4. REUSE OLD CLOTHING
Cutting down old clothing or fabric to use for rags can be an excellent way to reuse unsalvageable or stained clothing, even saving you money on paper towels if that’s what you currently use for cleaning.
5. UTILIZE RECYCLING PROGRAMS
For tech, mattress, batteries, paint, TVs, etc, you’ll want to make sure you’re recycling these things appropriately. If you don’t know where drop off points exist for these items, you’re in luck! We have a wonderful tool at our disposal called Google ;) Seriously though, doing a little online research and footwork goes a long way in helping preserve the environment.
6. RESELL YOUR BOOKS OR START YOUR OWN "LITTLE FREE LIBRARY"
Local used bookstores are often a great way to make a little bit of profit off of the books you’ve loved over the years. Powell’s and Abe Books are a couple of popular resellers that you can send your books to and make some quick cash. If you’ve never heard of a Little Free Library, you are missing out. They are adorable tiny neighborhood (waterproof) bookshelves that are stationed in your front yard. Anyone can come grab books out of your library, as long as they bring a book to donate - adult and children’s books alike are welcome!