How To Kondo AND Prep For Passover
Passover is just around the corner! And while we’re technically only supposed to remove leavened bread (chametz) in preparation, this tends to be a good time to get in a good old spring cleaning as well.
If you find yourself wanting to majorly Kondo your house in advance of the holiday, the MazelTogether community has some excellent suggestions for local thrift shops to share your extra stuff. Prep for the holiday AND get in some tzedakah (charity) – a win-win! Get your kids involved by having them choosing a few things they’ll pass along to someone in need.
Unless you are choosing to make this a big spring break project, each family member should select one spot that they want to focus on. It could be the toy bin or their closets for the kids, mom could pick the kitchen and dad can have an eye to the garage. Choosing one spot to focus on helps your family not get too overwhelmed. Pull everything out and make three piles – keep, donate, trash. Is it broken, ripped, stained? Trash it. Do you have an emotional connection to it? Keep it! But maybe revisit it in six months and move it along if you haven’t thought about it since then. A great way to do this in your closet is by flipping the hangers to face the other way. When you wear something, flip the hanger around. In six months or a year, if there are things in your closet you haven’t touched, consider giving them away!
Once you have gone through your stuff, pick the place that works best for you to drop it off.
Here are some suggestions from locals:
- Jennifer and Talia both love Clothes to Kids of Denver. CTKD provides clothes new and quality used clothing to students from low-income or in-crisis families in the Denver Metro Area, free of charge. If your little ones aren’t so little anymore, this is a great place to drop gently used clothing that could help a local student feel confident and successful. Check out their FAQ for donation guidelines and location.
- Miriam suggests Sandy’s Closet. Call to find out about donating nearly new clothing. And if you find yourself in need of a new outfit for the seder, you can feel good about your selection – all proceeds from the store benefit adults and children with special needs and learning differences.
- Meredith recommends checking out Wee Cycle, an organization whose mission is to recycle essential baby gear and match it to Colorado families in need. If your little ones are ready to sing the four questions, it might be time to shed the baby gear – and Wee Cycle is the perfect place. Check out their list of accepted items here.
- Alaina is a fan of Back on the Rack, a children’s consignment store that also partners with Clothes to Kids of Denver and the Mental Health Center of Denver. Alaina told us, “ I love consigning things with you every quarter and my daughter loves finding new toys and clothes every time we drop things off!” Stylish and doing good – love it!
- And since Passover prep can be such a workout, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention Lindsey’s suggestion, The Yogi Exchange. “Think LuLuLemon for less!” she told us. Bring in your older work out clothes and maybe leave with a couple inspirational pieces!
What does your Passover prep look like? Do you have favorite places in Denver to share the results of your cleaning, or places you like to pick up something special and new for the seder? Share with the community!
Want to meet local families and connect around the holiday? Reach out to a MazelTogether Community Organizer to find out more about how you can be a MazelMaker, and how we can help!