Nothing says “Hello, Spring!” like cherry blossoms in Washington, D.C. On a recent trip there, despite a February warm spell that brought the blooms out early, I found a few gems hiding in the shade around the tidal pool.
If you have been considering a remodel after the months inside, you may have hidden gems as well. Did you know that there are several ways to donate your gently used cabinets, appliances and, yes, even furniture? I hate to think of perfectly good items which no longer fit our lifestyle being delivered to a landfill.
We need to be good stewards of all our resources. April 22nd is Earth Day, an occasion to remind those of us who are fortunate enough to be able to redesign our homes to find ways to be part of the solution. Here in the NY/NJ Metro area, Green Demolitions has developed the perfect way to upcycle all manner of home goods, including kitchen cabinets, for new use. I have had clients both donate and benefit from the Renovation Angel network. There are also many charities who are willing to take gently used home furnishing, draperies and small appliances: Habitat for Humanity, Lupus Foundation and Vietnam Vets, to name a few. They each have specifics on what they will and will not accept. Check out the links to see if you can donate today.
Even small renovations, like repainting and reorganizing, uncover many things we no longer need or use. In addition to the resources I’ve already mentioned, check out this article that appeared recently in The Record. It has more ideas for turning your clutter into someone else’s treasures.