Spring is upon us, which means it’s time to scrub, organize and declutter our homes. If the thought of Spring Cleaning is overwhelming, download CENTURY 21 Affiliated’s Ultimate Spring Cleaning Checklist.
Here are a few tips to get your spring cleaning started off on the right foot!
- Clean your faucets by laying paper towels over the faucet, soak with vinegar and let sit for an hour – the deposits will soften, making it easier to clean!
- Organize your cabinets! Store like items together – stack baking sheets and pans in size order, hide pots and pans and organize your spices (hint: purchase a ‘Lazy Susan’ turn table for maximum ease and organization).
- Comforters, blankets and pillows don't always need to be cleaned, but they do need to be aired out after a long winter. Hang them on your close line for a day!
- Save money by using dollar store cleaning supplies. In addition to sponges, brushes, and gloves, many cleaners from the dollar store work just as well as name-brand products. You can also buy generic versions of bleach and ammonia since the composition of these chemicals is identical to name brands.
- Use magic erasers to clean your baseboards every couple of months.
- Wash appliances, tooth brush holders, soap dispensers and vases in the dish washer.
Did you know that the average American throws away nearly 65 pounds of textiles per year? After sifting through your unused items, consider donating to the following charities:
Goodwill accepts all new and gently used items, and with your donation you are helping community members with barriers to employment learn the skills to find competitive employment.
Habitat for Humanity ReStore:
Habitat ReStore accepts appliances, furniture, building materials, household goods and more from individuals and companies. All purchases help support Habitat for Humanity. There are over 100 Habitat ReStore locations in Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan combined.
When you donate goods to The Salvation Army those items are then sold at their Family Stores. The proceeds are then used to fund Adult Rehabilitation Centers, where those in the grip of addiction find help, hope, and a second chance at life.
World Computer Exchange
World Computer Exchange’s mission is “To reduce the digital divide for youth in developing countries; to use our global network of partnerships to enhance communities in these countries; and to promote the reuse of electronic equipment and its ultimate disposal in an environmentally responsible manner.” The World Computer Exchange only accepts working computers with working Duo Core or Pentium 4 (minimum 2 GHz) and above PC desktops and laptops (with their power adapters) and tablets, along with monitors that are LCD flat screen only.
Small donations can be brought to the warehouse at 1965 W Pershing, Chicago. To arrange a pickup or drop-off, please contact Chicago Coordinator, Jack ODonnell at firstname.lastname@example.org or 773.316.2944.
Every book you drop off will be put to good use. Books are sold online to help raise funds for non-profit literacy organizations changing the world through teaching kids, supporting families, building schools and filling libraries. Please make sure all donated books are in good condition. There are many donation centers in the Midwest, check out their website for more details.