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Responsible Decluttering

Spring is the official time to clean out your house!

I always find things I no longer need as I deep clean my house. Blankets that aren’t used, clothes that just don’t fit right, and those odds and ends that I’m not sure why I still have them. It’s easiest to load up the car and gift it all to Arc, and if that’s where you’re at, that’s ok! They do wonderful work! The people who work there truly care about our community.

However, if you’re looking for the next step and want to meaningfully gift your items to people and organizations that truly need and will use them, this list is for you!

CLOTHES

If you have in-season clothes you need to get rid of, try Catholic Outreach. They are constantly in need of more clothes of all sizes. They have had to turn people away because they just don’t have enough inventory. Let’s help clothe those in our community first.

BLANKETS/TOWELS

Animal rescue organizations like the Roice-Humane Society are always looking for bedding for animals.

OTHER ITEMS

If you have other items that you aren’t sure about, try listing them on a Buy Nothing Facebook page! Grand Junction has several that cover various subdivisions, and there is one large one that covers all of GJ! A colored-on children’s book might be perfect for an art project, a teacher might be looking for the 200 broken crayons you have lying around, and maybe that dish isn’t your style, but is the last piece for another’s set.

TRASH

We find more trash than anything else as we clean house. Boxes we don’t need, broken holiday decorations, and random papers and bills so old I’m surprised they’re still holding up. We don’t need those. No one needs those. Spring cleaning day is coming up! For residents north of North Avenue, pick-up starts April 1 at 6:30 a.m. For residents south of North Avenue (including areas of Orchard Mesa and the Redlands), pick-up starts April 8 at 6:30 a.m. You can find more information about what is allowed and prohibited, and when your pickup window is on the city website, https://www.gjcity.org/255/Spring-Clean-up.

As you clean house this year, we here at Lifestyle encourage you to find ways to give back to the community.

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