Now that kids are back in school, some of you have the house to yourselves and maybe some time to work on those projects that have been put off over the summer (I know I have!) With one child in kindergarten and the other in preschool, I have been using my 3 hours of mommy time to clean out and organize all the bedrooms in the house. It is going to take some time but I am making progress each day!
As I was cleaning out my boys rooms, I started to create a pile of Crocs that did not fit my sons any more but still had plenty of life left in them. They had served both my boys well over the years and I just felt bad tossing them. I set them aside, determined to find some sort of use for them, maybe a craft of some sort, or something for my garden? While researching online, I learned that you can donate your Crocs to people who need shoes in impoverished nations around the world. How cool is that!
Once I found out about this program, I was on a mission! I found several organizations that will take those unused items cluttering up your home and donate them to those who can truly use them or refurbish and sell these items to help pay for programs to benefit the needy. Here are some great programs which will recycle common items around the home:
- Books: Send your old books to Books for Soldiers to be included in care packages to our troops overseas.
- Cell phones: We all have a old phone lying around in a drawer that we just don’t know what to do with. The Wireless Foundation will refurbish your old phone and give it to a domestic-violence survivor through calltoprotect.org. Cell Phones for Soldiers helps provide cost-free communication services to active duty military members and veterans with your cell phone donations. For information on other cell-phone charities, log on to recyclewirelessphones.com.
- Computers: Nextsteprecycling.org repairs your broken computers and gives them to underfunded schools, needy families, and nonprofits.
- Eyeglasses: Help others who cannot afford glasses by donating your old ones to neweyesfortheneedy.com. You can also drop off old pairs of glasses at LensCrafters, Target Optical, or other participating stores and doctors’ offices, which will send them to onesight.org.
- Formal wear: What do you do with that prom or bridesmaid’s dress that you wore once? Give it to a girl who can’t afford one by sending it to operationfairydust.org or catherinescloset.org).
- Furniture: Goodwill Industries will take your old furniture and offers a pick up service for large pieces
- Gadgets: We all love gadgets and most likely have a few around collecting dust. Recycleforbreastcancer.org, will send you prepaid shipping labels, recycle your gadgets, then donate the proceeds to breast cancer charities.
- Holiday cards: Donate those boxes of old cards to St. Jude’s Ranch for Children (stjudesranch.org). This nonprofit home for abused and neglected children runs a holiday-card reuse program in which the kids cut off the front covers and create new cards to sell, benefiting programs and services.
- Men & Women’s Office Attire: Gently worn men’s suits and the like can be donated to Career Gear to help low income men succeed in interviewing and obtaining a job. Dress for Success collects gently worn office attire for economically disadvantaged women.
- Sneakers: Nike’s Reuse-a-Shoe program, nikereuseashoe.com accepts any brand of old sneakers and recycles them into “Nike Grind Material” used to create athletic surfaces for communities in need. If your sneakers are lightly worn, you can donate them to needy athletes in the United States and around the world through oneworldrunning.com.
I hope I have encouraged you to take your cleaning to a new level by donating your useable clutter to those in need. If you find yourself overwhelmed with clutter in your home we would love to help! Our organizing experts can help you sort through any level of clutter (even severe instances) to help reveal a neat and organized home. Call us at 1-866-744-4021 for more details.