Spring is here! We can all give ourselves a pat on the back for making it through another Canadian winter. I love spring for so many reasons; I love that it means that warmer weather is on the way; I love that it brings with it longer daylight hours; I love that it allows us to get outside more and be more active; I love that I can open the windows in my house and get rid of all of the stale air that has built up over the winter months. When I think of spring it brings to mind ideas of rebirth, rejuvenation, renewal, resurrection and regrowth. It has a way of making me feel fresh and new.
With all of this extra spring energy in the air, my husband and I decided to dedicate this past weekend to spring cleaning, and it feels great. Our house is clean and organized and it feels lighter somehow and less stuffy. We wiped down walls and baseboards, and cleaned underneath furniture. We went through closets and cupboards, and reorganized the toys. We purged! We got rid of stuff that was sitting around taking up space and accumulating dust.
Normally, when we clear out our stuff, we separate the stuff into two different groups; one group for gently used items that can be donated, and one for stuff that is not in good condition that we throw in the garbage. But this year we did things differently. I recently learned from a friend that textiles (clothes, shoes, purses, etc) are filling up our landfills and the decomposition of these items is very bad for our environment. I also learned that many of these items can be recycled, but being that we are from a small town there is no local recycling plant that deals with these items. So what’s the solution?? Diabetes Canada!!! There are many local drop points for donations to Diabetes Canada, and there is also a 1-800 number you can call to arrange for them to come and pick up directly at your house. They will sort through the items and anything that is not suitable for donation will be sent to a textile recycling plant. None of the donated items will end up in a landfill. Perfect! My house gets purged and organized, the donated clothes go to a good cause, and we’re helping the environment. Everyone wins!
So this year, when you are doing your spring cleaning and getting rid of textile items, make sure that you utilize this resource.