Got stuff? Hold a party to get rid of it
Swap parties, charity auctions just a couple green ideas to lighten the spring-cleaning dumpster
YOU know what spring cleaning gets you? Stuff. Lots of stuff to get rid of. Sure, you can take the usual routes — hold a garage sale, cart it off to Goodwill, take out a classified ad. Or you can entertain yourself in the process of purging.
We’ve cooked up a few fun ideas for lightening your load. You know what they say about all work and no play.
There’s nothing novel about turning castoffs into crafts. What is new are the avenues for doing so.
The Internet has opened a wealth of opportunities for creative types to share ideas and show off the fruits of their labour. Can’t think of what to do with Grandma’s old canning jars? A quick Google search for canning jar crafts will probably turn up more projects than you have jars.
One good local resource is Clever Nesting (clevernesting.com), a blog maintained by the creative duo of Devona Brazier and Colleen Penn. The two Akron, Ohio, residents share ideas, experiences and instructions for creating everything from Crock-Pot cosies to heart-shaped crayons. While the blog isn’t specifically devoted to reusing items, the two clearly have a heart for recycling.
Some other good, online resources are the recycled-crafts sections of CraftGossip.com (recycledcrafts. craftgossip.com), CraftBits.com (craftbits. com/recycled-crafts), AllFreeCrafts. com (allfreecrafts.com/recyclingcrafts/index.shtml), Make-Stuff (www. make-stuff.com/recycling) and FamilyFun (familyfun. go.com/crafts/craftsby-material/recyclable-projects).
— Canwest News Service