Spring is fast approaching, and with its arrival each year, countless people find themselves itching to throw out the old and bring in some new. Spring cleaning is an annual tradition across the world, and is a great time to clear out the clutter inside your home and show your lawn a little extra TLC after a long winter of neglect. Since virtually all things are more fun when you do them in groups, why not consider gathering your neighbors together to partake in a little bit of spring cleaning as a community? These tips will give you ideas for different ways you and your neighbors can clean out your homes, clear your yards and spruce up your neighborhood this season.
Host a Swap
If you’re looking to get rid of various odds and ends in your home but are also in need of some new things, call up your neighbors and see if they’re interested in hosting a community swap meet. Decide whose yard or driveway to use and pick a date for the swap to take place. Hand out fliers for a few weeks leading up to the event and invite everyone to bring any items they feel like getting rid of – so long as they’re in good shape, that is. Instead of charging money as you would at a garage sale, make it more about trading items. Let everyone who brings items what they wish from items others have brought. At the end of the swap, you can always donate leftover items to a charity shop, which leads us to our next tip.
Gather Charity Donations
Many thrift stores work directly with various charities and donate a portion of their proceeds to a good cause. If you’re looking to get rid of old items or you have leftovers from a swap meet, consider donating them to your local charity shop. To host a community donation, enlist a few neighbors with trucks to assist everyone else to donate their unwanted wares. Have everyone bring their donations at a designated time and place, and then have all who are donating help load the trucks with their drop-offs. The trucks can then run the donations to the charity shop of your choice.
Make it a Team Effort
Spring cleaning isn’t just about the way the inside of your house looks, it’s also about the condition of the roads, sidewalks and parks around your community. If you’ve noticed trash laying around your neighborhood throughout the winter, spring is the perfect time to pick it up. Gather a few neighbors together to patrol the neighborhood and pick up any garbage you find.
Put the Teens to Work
Spring often goes by in a flash, and before you know it, the kids are on summer vacation from school. To help teens in your neighborhood out with a little bit of extra spending cash for the season, rally your neighbors together to put the teens to work. From mowing lawns that are quickly overgrowing to clearing out gutters and pulling weeds, you’ll find no shortage of lawn work that the teens can complete as part of your spring cleaning endeavor. They’ll enjoy having extra money to spend on days with friends, and you’ll enjoy having more time to relax without having to worry about giving your lawn a post-winter extreme makeover.
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