Spring-clean your room like a pro!

The sun is out, you and your friends are enjoying the weather in the park and the last thing on your mind right now is cleaning your room. After all, it is so messy that you don’t even know how to start cleaning it. Your mom is probably too far away to complain about the mess, but the JoCo is here to help you out! We have collected some tips and tricks for effective spring-cleaning. Give your room a fresh new look and you will feel much better as well!

Donate your clothes!

Since you are in the Netherlands, feel free to forget about your nice classy clothes because let’s be honest, you probably are wearing simple jeans and sneakers all the time! There are many different places to donate your clothes: you can check out some second-hand shops that accept clothes or different charities.

If you want to donate to charity, check out ‘Het winkeltje’ AZC Joseph Haydnlaan. The refugee center at the Joseph Haydnlaan will need summer clothes this month. So if you’ve got clothes which are clean and without defects but you still don’t wear them, you can make someone else really happy with them! Leave the clothes on Mondays between 11:00 am and 3:30 pm at AZC Joseph Haydnlaan 2Utrecht.

The concept of the Salvation Army Reshare containers is good as well! You can leave your clothes and people in charge will distribute them where necessary, and the clothes often go to refugees.

Another option, which benefits yourself ánd society is to hand in your cloths in a store and receive a discount on your shopping! If you give your clothes to &Other Stories they’ll even give you a 10% discount in return 🙂 In some stores like H&M, you can give away clothes from any brand and they will recycle the material for new clothes. Sustainability is very important and we encourage you to support this method

Give away your furniture!

When it comes to furniture, check out the Facebook page ‘Gratis ophalen in Utrecht en omgeving’ where you can post a picture of what you want to give away for free. This is a great way to help out people who don’t want or can spend money on new furniture.

You can also visit shops like Weggeefwinkel Utrecht where you can leave furniture and books you don’t use. They are located at Tweede Daalsedijk 2a and are open every Wednesday and Saturday from 14:00 until 17:00 pm.

Sell old books!

Sharing is caring and many students would be happy to get a textbook for a cheaper price than the new ones. Check out the Facebook pages of International Students Utrecht and sell or give for free the books which you don’t use anymore. Visit the books4life site where you can donate your books. The store will sell the books and donate the profit to organizations such as Amnesty International.

We hope you find these tips useful, and that you will donate the stuff you don’t use for a good cause. A clean room won’t make only your mom happy, but many people who are in need of free stuff! 😉


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