Well, it’s finally starting to feel like Springtime. If you live in the Tri-State area like me, you’ve been anxiously awaiting a few warm days in a row for quite a while. It’s been a really rough winter with snowstorms and rain storms that seemed like monsoons. We’ve had to deal with flooding, ruined shrubs from the weight of the snow and even the gutters were torn off the back of our house during one of the rain storms that happily brought with it 70mph winds.
Anyhow, my post isn’t to complain about the crappy weather from the past few months, it’s to celebrate the sunny days that we’re starting to see. I’ll admit it, I have a horrible case of Spring Fever today.
And with any good case of Spring Fever, along comes the need for Spring cleaning.
I’ve really been too busy to think about my seasonal purge with the new job and the HGTV show and the Easter holiday. It seems like all my free time has been filled with other stuff. But today, as I opened my windows for the first time and felt the warmth of the sun, I knew it was time to start thinking about coming out of our winter cocoon to ready ourselves for the summer.
There are 2 things that help me with my sweep through the house each year…
One is the dreaded yard sale (not dreaded for me.. .but surely dreaded by my dear hubby – he just simply hates these things!). And, the other one is Freecycle.
I’ve mentioned Freecycle in my Frugal Living Post from quite a while ago. But today, I thought I’d mention it again, since so many people do a Springtime clean and many people are either unaware of the website or don’t realize how great it can be!
If you are not already aware…. www.freecycle.org/ is a community website, searchable by localities, that allows you to offer & receive items for FREE! You must become a member of your local community (takes just minutes) and you must abide by their policies (which are very basic) and off you go!
The basic rules are below (you should read the specific rules on the main page of your local Freecycle group):
- Every item you offer to someone else must be FREE.
- Any item that you receive must be for your personal use and NOT resale.
- You cannot post a request for an item until you have given something away
- Be courteous & respectful to other Freecyclers.
If it seems pretty simple…. That’s because it is!
This is a fantastic way for things not to get wasted or thrown away. As they say, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.
It’s also a great way to find a home for that patio furniture that you no longer need but that might be too good still to throw away. It’s a great way to pass along all those books that you have boxed in the attic. It may even be a way to give someone who’s really in need a working refrigerator that you no longer use.
And, what do you get in return?? Well, for one thing… you get a de-cluttered home. You also get the feeling that you’ve truly helped someone else who might have been in need. You get the peace of mind that you haven’t thrown something out that could be of use to someone else. And, you don’t have to be bothered with scam emails from Craigslist as you try to sell something that you could have given away.
And, once you’ve given something away, you are allowed to post requests. So, maybe this is the year you want to start exercising at home. So, you post for some exercise equipment. Or maybe you could use some extra bricks to finally finish off that patio out back.. and maybe some has some leftover bricks piled in their garage.. it’s a win/win for both of you!
So, as I start my own Spring cleaning… I’m separating things into a few piles. Yard sale items, Craigslist items, & Freecycle items.
It’s a great way to earn a few extra dollars, clean up my house and find homes for items that I’m no longer using!