Spring Cleaning in the 21st Century | Donate, Sell, and Swap By Anna Oliver
Spring is here! If you’re anything like me, this time of year is both thrilling and exhausting. You’re so excited that the days are finally longer and warmer, but you also suddenly realize that somehow, over the winter, your house has become stuffed with clutter.
Nobody knows where it all comes from, but your junk drawers are crammed, your closet is barely accessible, and every surface seems to hold items you don’t want or need. This is the perfect time for some spring cleaning! It’s a whole thing, isn’t it?
Along with spring cleaning comes a challenge: What do you do with all the stuff you’re getting rid of? Most of it is probably still in perfectly usable condition so you feel bad throwing it out, but you definitely want it gone. Well, if you’re finding yourself stuck in this dilemma right now, I’ve got a few suggestions for you:
This is an obvious one—got some extra clothes, furniture, or other useful items you need to get rid of? Plenty of worthy organizations will gladly take them off your hands. Check out Dress for Success to donate women’s clothes or the Canadian Diabetes Association for just about anything else you can think of (bedding, small household items, electronics, etc.). If neither of those is quite up your alley, a quick Google search should help you find the perfect place to pass on your gently used items!
Depending on what you have to purge, you might have one or more items that you would like to recoup some of your purchase cost. Maybe you would like to get some cash back for your infrequently used tablet and put it towards a laptop or a new TV instead. Check out sites like Craigslist, Kijiji, or even eBay. You might be surprised what you could get a few dollars for while simultaneously clearing out a bit of your household clutter!
With the rise of services like Uber and Airbnb, our society is becoming more and more comfortable with the idea of a sharing economy.- via http://www.thepeoplewhoshare.com/blog/what-is-the-sharing-economy/ Did you know there’s a whole subsystem in Toronto devoted strictly to the trading of unneeded or unwanted items? It’s called Bunz Trading Zone, and its only real rule is that no money is to be exchanged, only goods and services. You can visit the website at bunz.com (and even download the app for trading on the go), create an account, and begin uploading your unwanted items. Trade last season’s shoes for a couple bottles of wine or the coffee table that doesn’t fit in your new apartment for some bar stools. The possibilities are endless!
Whether you donate, sell, or swap, hopefully you’ll find ways to divert just about anything you’re getting rid of from the landfill into the hands of someone else who can use them. And in the process, you’ll be creating a calm, clutter-free space for yourself to enjoy with the windows open and the warm spring air wafting in. Happy cleaning!
ANNA OLIVER sales representative at Sotheby’s International Realty Canada “Successfully helping buyers and sellers for 13 years will all of their real estate needs.” Annaoliver.ca