Spring is here, and with that comes the tradition of spring cleaning to kick off the season with a fresh, new start. During this annual ritual, many declutter and clean their homes to welcome the warm air after a long winter. Anything that requires a little tidying up can be a part of the process.
There are a variety of ways to start your spring cleaning. Many people begin cleaning things that may not get as much attention daily. This includes dusting off curtains, washing mattresses or wiping down windows. Others like to take on heavier tasks such as freshening up the garbage disposal or removing any scuffs or marks around the house. It’s also the time to discard any items that are no longer needed, like old toys or books. Closet cleanouts are also a popular option to get rid of any old or unused clothing.
Not only does spring cleaning help with organization, but it is also a great way to bring you some peace of mind. Letting go of physical items can help clear the mind of any unnecessary stress, which is why this practice is so popular around the world. It’s also no surprise that spring cleaning brings about health benefits, as mold, dust and other germs are removed from the home to improve air quality.
With so much stuff to remove, many decide to donate their unwanted items rather than throwing them out. Goodwill, with locations on Route 35 in Hazlet and Route 36 in Atlantic Highlands, is a great place to start. They accept clothing, jewelry, books, toys, small household appliances, flat screen televisions, laptops, and domestics such as curtains and blankets. However, Goodwill does not take furniture, carpet, large household appliances (i.e. refrigerators or freezers), or any household item containing hazardous materials.
Another donation center available is the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, with locations in Asbury Park and Freehold Township. They accept furniture, decor, doors, lamps, windows and other home appliances less than 10 years old. It’s important to note that the ReStores only allow fully functional items to be donated. They also refuse to take mattresses, items with cracked glass, missing pieces, broken parts, stains or chips, or any other major damage done. In terms of clothing and electronics, individual ReStores vary in what they accept, so ask your local ReStore if they take the type of item you have. Pickups may also be scheduled, so visit HabitatMonmouth.org/restore for more information.
The Salvation Army, with a location on Newman Springs Road in Red Bank, accepts donations of clothing, books, furniture and household items. Pickups can be scheduled at your home, or items may be dropped off in a collection bin outside the center.
Vehicles can even be donated via the American Red Cross by calling 855-927-2227 or Kars4Kids, based in Lakewood.
If you want to stay in the comfort of your home, there are options to have items picked up from your house. The Lupus America Household Goods Program allows residents in certain areas to donate usable household items. These donated items are sold to for-profit wholesale buyers with proceeds from the sale used to support vital programs for individuals with lupus.
Also be sure to check with your township about bulk curb collections. There may be certain days when you can place your items outside your home for pickup, making spring cleaning easier than ever.