Because spring is a time for new beginnings, cleaning and organization around the house are popular at this time of year. One way to turn spring cleaning into something more meaningful is to donate gently used items or the cash proceeds from a garage sale to your favorite Denver non-profit.
We live in one of the “hottest economies” in the U.S. which makes it easy to forget that there are still families and individuals who struggle to survive. According the U.S. Dept. Of Agricultural 12.1% of all Coloradans are hungry because they don’t have enough money to buy food. The 2016 U.S. Census reveals that 11.5% of Coloradans live below the poverty line and that includes 1 in 7 children.
So give a hand up to those less fortunate by making meaning with your spring cleaning!
If you’re ready to tackle that monumental chore, read on for some helpful information. (And if you’re so tidy and organized throughout the year that spring cleaning isn’t a big chore for you, well, keep that to yourself! Unless you want your friends and neighbors to be jealous, that is.)
6 Spring Cleaning Tips
- Take It One Room at a Time
Deciding to clean or organize your entire home can quickly get overwhelming. If you focus on just one area or room, then move to another only when you’re finished, you’ll likely work more efficiently.
- Follow the Six-Month Rule
Generally, if you haven’t used something in six months (with the exception of seasonal items), it’s a good idea to consider throwing it away or donating it.
- Don’t Forget the Kitchen
Just like other rooms, your kitchen likely has things that haven’t been used in some time. And this includes food in the refrigerator or freezer. Give those appliances a thorough cleaning and get rid of anything that is no longer edible or that you won’t be eating. If you have non-perishables, check the date. If they’re safe to eat, set those aside to donate.
- Set Yourself Up for Success
Paper clutter is something we all could probably cut back on pretty easily. Setting up a few recycling bins throughout the house gives you a convenient alternative to just setting that old magazine or paperwork down somewhere and watching the pile grow.
- Have a Garage Sale and Donate to Your Favorite Denver Charity
Of course, the spring cleaning garage sale is a tradition for many homeowners, and can be a great way to raise money for a Denver non-profit. Talk about a win-win-win situation — you get rid of stuff you don’t need, someone pays you for it, and then you can help someone else by donating the proceeds to a Denver charity.
- Stay Safe So You Can Enjoy Your Results
Spring is one of the best times of the year in Colorado, so you want to make sure you keep in mind the potential for physical strain and injury.
When you’re cleaning or maintaining your home, be mindful of the physical risks involved. Lift with your leg muscles, not your back. Avoid prolonged repetitive motions. Use ladders, lawnmowers and other dangerous tools with caution.
The Denver Rescue Mission – Join Our Drive
You can also bring gently used items to the Aspen Office to participate in our initiative to support The Denver Rescue Mission. Because of your contributions during first quarter, together we made a huge contribution of gently used items including much needed coats, sweaters, and other cold weather items.
Just bring your items to our office at 2238 S. Broadway, Denver, CO 80210. We will be taking our next donation in May.