Spring Cleaning: Tips, and Where to Donate Around Central PA

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Donna Spicer, manager of the Faith Center thrift store, sorts through donated items May 18, 2020. The organization is accepting donations of clothing, food and pet food for those in need.

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Spring is finally here, which means it’s time to put away the winter coats and break out your scrub brushes for some seasonal cleaning.

Brittany Reese, owner of WLK Cleaning & Services in Bellefonte, suggests deep cleaning your home every three to six months to keep dust and dirt from building up too much.

“I would do it every three months, especially if you have pets or kids,” Reese said.

Cleaning an entire house can seem overwhelming, especially if it hasn’t been done in a while, but Reese suggests starting room by room and making a list of the most important tasks.

“Everyone has dirt and dust and grime and you’re not alone,” Reese said. “Just have fun with it and do your best, and if it gets to the point that it’s out of control or you don’t have time, then definitely bring someone in, at least for a day and this will help you start maintaining your home on your own again.

One tip Reese has for deep cleaning is to look at each room from different heights, sitting on the floor and standing on a chair or stool.

“We travel through life so quickly every day and we’re always on top of ourselves,” Reese said. “So if you go above and below, that’s usually how you can conquer a lot of overlooked areas for spring cleaning.”

Some of the most overlooked areas Reese has noticed are baseboards and door frames.

Hard water stains in toilets are another problem that some customers face. For this, Reese suggests mixing equal parts baking soda and low-splatter bleach, then letting it sit for an hour.

Spring is also a good time to declutter and reorganize your home. Reese suggests packing and storing winter clothes for summer, as well as donating items you haven’t worn recently.

“It’s crazy that we throw perfectly good items on the sidewalk, instead we have to learn to donate those things or even reuse and recycle them,” Reese said.

Places to Donate in Center County

  • Goodwill Industries of North Central Pennsylvania will accept donations of almost anything you have in your home, including clothing, books, electronics, tools, household items and more. They are not currently accepting donations of furniture or major appliances. Donations can be brought directly to the store or dropped off in blue donation bins throughout the county. Bin locations can be heard on the website.
  • Greater Center County’s Habitat for Humanity ReStore, located in Bellefonte, will take gently used furniture including sofas, chairs, dressers and more. Items can be donated on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ReStore also offers donation collection, which can be scheduled via email or phone. Any upholstered or leather furniture should be free of tears and pet stains. Building materials such as appliances, wood, and bathroom fixtures can also be donated.
  • The Salvation Army has several drop boxes in Center County to donate clothing to its thrift stores. A full list can be found online.
  • BestBuy will recycle up to three electronic items per household per day for free. A full list of the products they will recycle can be found on the website.
  • St. Vincent de Paul Thirft Store accepts a variety of donated items including musical instruments, prom dresses, sporting goods, apparel and more. The store’s hours of operation and a full list of accepted donations are available on its website.
  • The American Association of University Women is accepting donations for its used book sale, held May 14-17. The last day to donate books is April 5. Hours and books acceptable for donation, as well as a volunteer registration for the annual sale, can be found on the website.
  • Interfaith Human Services will pick up lightly used appliances and furniture to help those in need. Pickup appointments can be scheduled over the phone.
  • FaithCentre collects clothing, food donations and pet food for those in need. Those looking to donate can complete an online form regarding the items that will be donated.

Keely Doll is an education reporter and service reporter for the Center Daily Times. She previously worked for the Columbia Missourian and The Independent UK.

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