5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Skip Your Spring Cleaning

1. Spring Cleaning Reduces Stress

Multiple studies and experts have told us that clutter and messes lead to increased stress. It is hard for our minds and bodies to relax in a dirty room. Straightening things up, removing clutter, and letting natural light into your home are all good ways to say good bye to the winter blues and invite the joy of summer.

2. Spring Cleaning increases productivity

Not only does a clean room help us relax it also helps us get a lot more done. Organizing your home or office helps you to find things faster and get jobs done quicker. Check out the folks over at fast company to learn some strategies to getting better organized this spring.  https://www.fastcompany.com/3029207/whos-next/how-cutting-down-on-clutter-can-increase-your-productivity

3. Spring Cleaning Is Healthy

From bacteria and viruses to pollen and pet hair it is down right disgusting how much unwanted filth can find its way into your home. A good spring deep clean will leave your house feeling fresh and new. Not to mention it will reduce your families chance of illness, respiratory problems, and allergies.

4. Spring Cleaning Can Help Charities

One of the major sources of clutter is having too many clothes and not enough storage space. But before you start throwing away your old clothes to make room for a new spring wardrobe maybe you could consider giving them away. 80% of all the clothes we buy end up in landfills, and most of those articles of clothing are still in great condition. Stores like DI or Savers will accept used clothing donations, and if you download the new app ‘Give it’, you can even get someone to come to your house and pick up your used clothes for free! http://www.giveithub.com/

5. Spring Cleaning Helps You Find Lost Treasures

Whether it’s enough change to take that special someone out to lunch, or the remote control to the DVD player you haven’t seen in six months, one of the best reasons to spring clean is all of the great things you might find. Don’t miss out on all of the potential treasure you could find buried in your couch cushions, and get that spring cleaning started today.

Ever wondered why we all feel the desire to spring clean? Check out this other interesting article to learn more!

http://home.howstuffworks.com/home-improvement/household-hints-tips/cleaning-organizing/spring-clean-in-spring.htm

5 Simple Ways to Start Decluttering your home today

Let’s face it. We all have more stuff than we need. Whether it’s clothes crowding out our closets or boxes of junk filling up our garage; the fact of the matter is, clutter can quickly take over your home.  Decluttering can be a daunting project to say the least, but with these 5 simple tricks you can be on your way to cleaner less cluttered home today.

1. Give your clutter a due date.

We all have that one project (or two) that we keep putting off, because its important but not really urgent. The more we put off cleaning up clutter the worse it gets. So whether it’s the closet, the garage, or somewhere in between, pick a date right now for when you will have your project finished by. Then stick to it!

2. Give away one item each day. 

We are all less likely to start projects that seem big. The best way to manage big projects is to break them down into lots of little easy steps. Get rid of just one item a day and you’ll be surprised by how quickly that mountain of clutter disappears.

3. Get Better Lighting.

Studies have shown that the rooms where people pile up the most junk tend to be poorly lit. Whether its natural light from opening up a window or overhead electric lighting, you’ll find that a well lit room is inviting to guests and uninviting to clutter.

4. Fill one trash bag.

A trash bag is the perfect size to make a real dent into your decluttering project without taking up the whole afternoon. Trash bags are also perfect for donating those used items to charity. Donating used items to charity gets them out of your way and keeps them out of overcrowded landfills. Once you see your old stuff in a trash bag rather than clogging up your closet you’ll begin to feel a real sense of success.

5. Try Oprah Winfrey’s Closet Hanger Experiment

This idea is so simple but it really helps to identify what wardrobe pieces you actually use and which ones can be cleared out. You start by hanging all your clothes with the hangers in the reverse direction. After you wear an item, return it to the closet with the hanger facing the correct direction. After a few months, you’ll have a crystal clear picture of which clothes you can get rid out without missing them. The great thing about this experiment is that it can be done in pretty much any room from the kitchen to the office.

Wondering what to do with all of those clothes that you want to get rid of? Don’t throw them away! One new App entitled GiveIt, is changing the way that people deal with clutter. The folks at GiveIt are offering a revolutionary free donation pick up service. All you have to do is 1. Download the app 2. Take a picture of the clothing or other small house hold goods you’d like to donate 3. Leave the items outside your door and let the GiveIt team take it away absolutely free.

Together, you and Giveit can declutter your home while at the same time reducing waste. Visit http://www.giveithub.com/ today to learn more.

 

Ten Terrible Truths about Landfills: Secrets of American Garbage

We all know that landfills exist, somewhere, but it’s not something that we really want to think about. Nearly everyone I share this list with is shocked when they learn the truth about American Landfills, but sometimes a shock is what we need to finally make a change.

1. Americans generate up to 400 million tons of garbage each year

When it comes to garbage we all usually think “out of sight, out of mind”, but once that garbage leaves the can at the end of your driveway it has to go somewhere. More and more of it is ending up in landfills—all of which requires more and more space.

2. The Average American generates 4.6 pounds of waste a day

This means that the United States has the highest amount of waste generated per person of any other country in the world.

3. The amount of waste generated in the US has tripled since 1960

The population in the 1960’s was 180 million. Almost 60 years later, it is nearing 320 million. While the population has only increased 78% our increase in waste was drastically out raced our increase in population. Right now we generate as much waste has 540 million people would have in the 1960’s!

4. Only around 10% of solid garbage in the United States is recycled each year.

While this is an unfortunately low rate, it still marks a growth of 100% over the last decade.

5.The United States has over 3,000 active landfills and over 10,000 old landfills.

Not only do all of these landfills take up valuable space, they also all create hazardous gas and could pose serious threats to groundwater.

6. Each day, people in the U.S. throw away enough trash to fill 63,000 garbage trucks.

While the garbage collectors may only come to your house once a week, collectively we produce enough garbage to fill over 1200 garbage trucks every day of the year, in every state.

7. Most communities spend more to deal with trash than they spend for schoolbooks, fire protection, libraries, and parks.

Not only is all of this garbage a waste of resources like metal, plastic, and textiles, it is also a massive drain on local and state government budgets.

8. Only 4% of the world’s children live in the US, but Americans buy (and throw away) 40% of the world’s toys.

We can all buy fewer toys, opt for second-hand versions, and pass down the toys we do purchase to others. After all, we all know that a card board box and a dented pot are more fun than anything from Toys R Us .

9. Only 15% or 2 million tons of clothing is recovered for recycling annually

We are all becoming more conscious about recycling and currently we recycle 65% or 45.90 million tons of paper products, 3 million tons of glass and 2.5 million tons of plastics, and even 19 million tons of yard trimmings. But 85% of all the clothing we purchase ends up in a landfill. Changing the way we think about used clothing can affect the environment just as much as changing the way we think about plastic bottles.

10. American consumers are buying (and getting rid of) five times more clothing than we did 25 years ago

Over 10.5 million tons of clothing ends up in landfills annually. A vast majority of this clothing is still in incredible shape. The saddest part of this statistic is that there are so many uses for your used clothing. From stocking the shelves of thrift stores to clothing families in the developing world; your used clothing can stay out of landfills and make a difference at the same time

 

Sometimes small changes can have massive impacts, and one new App entitled GiveIt, is changing the way that people deal with waste. The folks at GiveIt are offering a revolutionary free donation pick up service. All you have to do is 1. Download the app 2. Take a picture of the clothing or other small house hold goods 3. Leave the items outside your door and let the GiveIt team take it away absolutely free.

Together, you and GiveIt can help reduce the hundreds of tons of waste that are crowding landfills every year. Visit http://www.giveithub.com/ today to learn more.

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Donating Clothes

Over the past year I’ve had a chance to get to know the ins and outs of the thrift industry more than I ever realized I would. Its really quite amazing what I’ve learned. Today I want to share with you what really happens to your clothes after you drop them off at a donation bin. Here are 5 things that I have learned that may surprise you!

1. 85% of clothing ends up in the landfill

This shocked me, why is this happening?

What I learned is a bit sad and speaks to how lazy we have become as a society. This is happening simply because it is easier to throw away our old clothes than it is to donate or recycle them. And I’ll be the first to admit I’ve thrown away old clothing. In one study we conducted we found 76% of people had actually thrown away bagged and ready donations after driving around with them in their trunk for months.

As a result every year Americans throw away 25 billion pounds of clothing. Thats an average of 70 lbs per person! It can take up to 40 years for your clothes to decompose in a landfill. During this time its leaching chemicals and releasing methane into our atmosphere.

2. Underwear, socks, torn or stained

Weather you spilt a drink on it or it got snagged on a chair, our first and usually only thought is throw it out. Clothing is extremely recyclable, 95% can be reused or recycled. Yes this means that pair of nasty stained kids underwear too! Donation centers will sort it out and while they can’t resale it they will send it to recyclers, keeping it out of the landfill. So next time you think “Nobody would buy this” think again, recyclers will, and will put it to good use. So YES you can donate underwear, and socks and clothes that are torn!

 

3. 85% of donated clothes don’t stay in the U.S.

And almost all of it is sold for a profit. But that’s OK, let me explain. Once you drop your clothes off they start a journey of thousands of miles and trade many hands. The donation center you donate your clothes to will bail half of it (50%) and export it to developing countries. The remaining half (50%) is put out on store shelves and around a third (15%) of that is sold locally. The remainder of unsold items (35%) are also bailed and exported to developing countries.

Planet Money did a fantastic podcast that goes into way more detail on this process titled “The Afterlife Of A T-Shirt”

4. That donated shirt isn’t going to a local homeless guy

So you dropped off those bags of old shirts and pants to your local thrift store and you’re feeling pretty good about it – and you should! Again remember, just by actually making it to the store and dropping it off you are now in the minority! So stop right here and give your self a pat on the back!

Remember when I told you these stores export 85%? Well just like they sell it in their thrift store they also SELL it to developing countries. This is their business model, get people to donate stuff to them, sell it, make a profit and fund their cause. Sounds good doesn’t it? Thats because IT IS! Their mission is not to give clothes away for free, but to do good, and last I checked its a lot easier to do good when you have money.

5. Developing countries don’t want FREE clothes

Dumping a large quantity of any commodity into a free market system will destroy it. Most developing countries know this and will not accept free clothing (except in times of emergency and natural disasters). When bought and sold it helps local distributors and vendors generate an income and stimulates the local economies. It also provides people a dignified way to earn a living and provide.

 

Giveit is the best way to donate your clothes by making the process take 10 seconds and extremely convenient see how we do it. Giveit partners with local charities who benefit from the donations. We accept all clothing, shoes, personal accessories as well as small household goods. If it fits in a trash bag we will take it.