Green Tip

Spring cleaning provides a great opportunity to declutter your life. Whether cleaning out a closet, basement, garage, or shed, use these four categories to decide what to do with each item.

  • Keep it. If you have used it in the last year, you’ll probably use it again. And even if there is a newer model or style out since you bought it, why replace something that still gets the job done?
  • Donate it.  If you really don’t use or wear it, but it is still in good shape, it’s entirely possible that someone else would love to have it. Ask family and friends if they could use it, or donate it to a local nonprofit, homeless shelter, or other organization that might put it to good use.
  • Recycle it.  Mail, magazines, and books are all recyclable, as are plastics and glass. Become familiar with recycling policies and drop-off locations and drop your stuff off to be made into something brand new!
  • Trash it.  There will still be some stuff that simply has no future or further use, and will be destined for the landfill. Once you have carefully considered the options above, you won’t have that much stuff to take to the landfill, and you won’t feel quite as guilty leaving it there.