Officially, it’s spring. Hmmm. Snow, and quite a lot of it, is forecast this weekend, but it won’t stay long. Hurrah! With the season in mind, my thoughts naturally turn to spring cleaning, spring culling, spring moving…below are some organizations that will be delighted to help you with the results of your spring cleaning or culling prior to moving or just to organize your home more effectively.
If you have organizations that can be added to this list, please let me know.
SOME SUGGESTIONS FOR DISPOSAL OF HOUSEHOLD ITEMS
YOU WISH TO DONATE FOR RE-SALE OR RE-CYCLING
- RE-STORE (formerly Habitat for Humanity) – takes electronics, miscellaneous building supplies, leftover paint, old TV’s with picture tube, answering machines, electric calculators, light fixtures, ceiling fans. Drop-off only. Three locations: 768 Belfast Road, 3 Iber Road, Stittsville, 7 Enterprise (off Merivale).
- SALVATION ARMY – clothing, shoes, small household items, counter-top appliances (microwaves, blenders, crock pots, kettles, can openers, etc.). Drop-off only. Thrift stores throughout the area, e.g. Bank & Alta Vista, Innes Road (Orleans), Ogilvie Road, Richmond Road, Montreal Road (Vanier), Kemptville.
- ONTARIO FEDERATION FOR CEREBRAL PALSY – clothing and small household items (e.g. table lamps, vases, dishes, utensils, pots & pans). Have scheduled runs on a regular basis. Stuff is sold at Value Village stores in other towns. PICK-UP. Go to ofcp.ca to schedule; also drop-off at Unit G-2405 St-Laurent Blvd.
- CANADIAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION: Clothesline – clothing and small household items (table lamps, vases, dishes, utensils, pots & pans). Have scheduled runs on a regular basis. Stuff is sold at Value Village stores in other towns. PICK-UP. 1-800-595-5525 or canadiandiabetes.clothesline.ca to schedule
- RIDEAU PARK UNITED CHURCH – books, adult and kids’ clothing and shoes, toys, bed and table linen – spring and fall, there’s a ‘Nearly New Sale’ and volunteers happy to take your donations. End of October, donations accepted for Christmas Bazaar, check their website, www.rideaupark.ca
- Many churches in Ottawa have events where they rely on donations they can re-sell, so keep them in mind.
- MATTHEW HOUSE OTTAWA/FURNITURE BANK – wide variety of household items and furniture – they pick up but there is a fee. Items are re-used/donated to needy families. 613-240-6680 or matthewhouseottawa.org
- 1-800-GOT JUNK? – they pick up anything for a fee. Based on how much space your items take up in the truck (1/2 load, ¼ load, etc). Flat rate and then it goes up but for miscellaneous items (broken appliances, unusable items), it’s a fast way to dispose of awkward things.
THIS IS A SMALL SELECTION OF PLACES
TO CONSIDER WHEN YOU’RE CULLING –
you can check your own favourite charities on-line