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

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES -

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 (clev­ernest­, 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 CraftGos­ (re­cy­cled­crafts. craftgos­, (craftbits. com/re­cy­cled-crafts), All­FreeCrafts. com (all­­cy­clingcrafts/in­dex.shtml), Make-Stuff (www.­cy­cling) and Fam­i­lyFun (fam­i­lyfun.­te­rial/re­cy­clable-projects).

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