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Spring Cleaning and Helping Your Utah Community

PHOTO: Before tossing old clothing or household items in the trash, Utah residents are encouraged to help others in their community instead by donating those items to local charities. Photo credit: Federal Emergency Management Agency.
PHOTO: Before tossing old clothing or household items in the trash, Utah residents are encouraged to help others in their community instead by donating those items to local charities. Photo credit: Federal Emergency Management Agency.
May 6, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY - Whether it's clothing, sports equipment, toys or books, many Utah homes are brimming with items that are rarely or ever used - and some not at all. Experts say taking the time to de-clutter during the spring can not only tidy up a home but also can help others.

Instead of tossing an unwanted item into the trash, said Evette Rios, a lifestyle expert for Goodwill Industries, consider putting it in a box or bag and donating it.

"We live in this incredible country of so much abundance. We have so much more than we actually need," she said. "It is nice to take those times throughout the year to really clean house a little bit and know that that stuff is actually going to create some really impactful changes in someone's life."

When it comes to donating, Rios said the sky's the limit. Goodwill accepts gently used clothing, furniture, electronics and many other items. Items that seem too tattered or broken at first glance might be able to be put to good use, she sald.

"We've diverted millions and millions of pounds of textiles from landfills by having these agreements with recycling companies that turn used items into new things that people can use," she said.

Rios said donating to a local charity organization has a positive impact on the community. Goodwill works to provide employment training, job placement and other services.

Troy Wilde, Public News Service - UT