Tuesday, 07 February 2017 10:44

15 Things to Toss (Or Recycle) Before Your Denver Move

Gearing up for your Denver move? A recent survey on stress revealed that eighty-four percent of stressed Americans feel that their home isn’t clean or organized enough, and fifty-five percent of those Americans identified it as a significant source of stress. Clutter leads to more stress on moving day, so check out these 15 things you can toss right now to get a head-start on your Denver move.

  1. Unnecessary Receipts - According to thenest.com, any receipts with your signature or credit card number should be confetti shredded before your Denver move.
  2. Cards without Sentimental Value – You can send your new and used cards to St. Jude’s. They will repurpose them into new cards and sell them to benefit cancer treatment patients.
  3. Expired Medicine– Throw away those leftover prescriptions that have been forgotten in the medicine cabinet. The government’s Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has a searchable database of locations where you can safely dispose of old pharmaceuticals so you're not dragging them to your new home during your Denver move.  
  4. ​Old Sunscreen​ – According to the Mayo Clinic, sunscreen is designed to retain maximum strength for three years. After that, it’s safer to toss it and buy a new one. It’s not worth risking skin cancer over.
  5. Misshapen Hangers – Investing in quality hangers is an easy and fast way to spruce up your closet while taking care of your clothes.
  6. Your Elaborate Tie Collection – Unless your job requires you wear a tie every day, you probably don’t need more than a few ties. Men’s Warehouse holds a national suit drive every year, where you can choose to donate your gently used professional clothes. Your donation will help at-risk men transition into the workforce.
  7. Broken Luggage – The chances of ever getting that one wheel fixed is probably pretty slim, so toss any broken suitcases to make more closet space (If you have lightly used but not broken luggage, you can donate it to kids in a foster care program.
  8. Window Bill Envelopes – No one likes keeping these around, but whether or not they’re recyclable is debatable. According to Recycle Now, depending on where you live, you may have to remove the plastic window before you recycle the envelope.
  9. Scratched CD’s – Unless the scratch is relatively minor (try removing small surface scratches by rubbing toothpaste on the mirror-side of the disc), recycle your old CDs at a CD recycling center near you.
  10. Old Crayons – If you want to get creative, you can melt down your old crayon stubs to make new ones. Or better yet, give them new life by donating them to the National Crayon Recycle Program , where your old crayons will be repurposed and given to children in places like hospitals, homeless shelters, and orphanages.
  11. Old Magazines -- If you haven’t read them by now, you’re probably not ever going to read them. Donate the most recent of them to places like your local library, nursing homes, and retirement communities.
  12. Books That Didn’t Change Your Life – If it didn’t have a profound effect on your life, make room on your bookshelves for new novels before you start packing them up for your Denver move.
  13. Old Cell Phones and Accessories – Most carriers will trade in old phones and credit your account towards a new device. You can also donate them to an organization like Cell Phones for Soldiers, who provide phones to troops overseas so that they can call home.  
  14. Chinese Take Out Extras - The collection of chopsticks, soy sauce, and hot mustard packets in your kitchen drawer has only grown, not shrunk. Time to ditch it.
  15. Ancient Makeup and Beauty Products – If you have unopened makeup or cosmetic items you can donate them to a women’s shelter. To get rid of used makeup, dump out the product and recycle the containers. Some makeup brands also offer in-store recycling options.

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