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Charitable New Year’s Resolutions

Charitable-New-Year's-ResolutionsDo you seem to make the same New Year’s Resolutions every year? Most of us declare on January 1st that this is the year they will lose weight, quit smoking, join a gym, de-clutter your home etc but by February 1st it seems like we fall back into the same old habits. This can lead to frustration and isn’t a great way to start off a fresh new year.

What if this was the year you were able to help those less fortunate by helping yourself? Would that be the key to staying on track with your New Year’s Resolutions? As you know, two of our favorite things here are Teresa’s Family Cleaning are a clean home and helping out charitable organizations. To start this new year off right, we have compiled a list of organizations that will accept items you are no longer using that might be cluttering up your home. Now is the time to get yourself in gear to start off a great new year!

  1. Books: Send your old books to Books for Soldiers to be included in care packages to our troops overseas.
  2. Cell phones:  We all have a old phone lying around in a drawer that we just don’t know what to do with. The Wireless Foundation will refurbish your old phone and give it to a domestic-violence survivor through calltoprotect.org. Cell Phones for Soldiers helps provide cost-free communication services to active duty military members and veterans with your cell phone donations.  For information on other cell-phone charities, log on to recyclewirelessphones.com.
  3. Computers: Nextsteprecycling.org repairs your broken computers and gives them to underfunded schools, needy families, and nonprofits.
  4. Eyeglasses: Help others who cannot afford glasses by donating your old ones to neweyesfortheneedy.com. You can also drop off old pairs of glasses at LensCrafters, Target Optical, or other participating stores and doctors’ offices, which will send them to onesight.org.
  5. Formal wear: What do you do with that prom or bridesmaid’s dress that you wore once? Give it to a girl who can’t afford one by sending it to operationfairydust.org or catherinescloset.org).
  6. Furniture: Goodwill Industries will take your old furniture and offers a pick up service for large pieces
  7. Gadgets: We all love gadgets and most likely have a few around collecting dust. Recycleforbreastcancer.org, will send you prepaid shipping labels, recycle your gadgets, then donate the proceeds to breast cancer charities.
  8. Holiday cards: Donate those boxes of old cards to St. Jude’s Ranch for Children (stjudesranch.org). This nonprofit home for abused and neglected children runs a holiday-card reuse program in which the kids cut off the front covers and create new cards to sell, benefiting programs and services.
  9. Men & Women’s Office Attire:  Gently worn men’s suits and the like can be donated to Career Gear to help low income men succeed in interviewing and obtaining a job. Dress for Success collects gently worn office attire for economically disadvantaged women.
  10. Sneakers: Nike’s Reuse-a-Shoe program, nikereuseashoe.com accepts any brand of old sneakers and recycles them into “Nike Grind Material” used to create athletic surfaces for  communities in need. If your sneakers are lightly worn, you can donate them to needy athletes in the United States and around the world through oneworldrunning.com.

If you have any organizations that take gently used items for charitable organizations we would love to hear from you! Simply comment below. We would like to wish you and your family a wonderful New Year!

Our organizing experts can help you sort through any level of clutter (even severe instances) to help reveal a neat and organized home.

10 Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Breast Cancer

Reduce Risk of Breast Cancer

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and here on Long Island, this hits home hard. After losing her sister Virginia to cancer, Teresa Ward, owner of Teresa’s Family Cleaning, formed the charity, Cleaning Angels USA. This volunteer organization provides free cleaning services to Long Island women who are overwhelmed with the pain and stress of cancer treatment.

While there is no sure fire way to prevent breast cancer or any other cancer, you can reduce your risk, and help increase the odds that if cancer does occur, it is found at an early, more treatable stage.

Reduce Your Risk of Breast Cancer with these tips

Get a routine mammogram. Mammograms play a critical role in early detection – which means finding breast cancer at a curable stage. In fact, stages 0 and 1 have 98% cure rates. Studies show that, on average, mammograms decrease the death rates on breast cancer by about 30%.

Get your routine clinical breast exams by a health expert such as a doctor, nurse practitioner, nurse, or physician assistant. The area under both arms will also be checked.

Perform regular breast self-exams. Be aware of how your breasts normally look and feel and report any changes to your doctor right away.

Lose that excess weight. Being overweight or obese increases breast cancer risk, especially after menopause. This is because the major source of estrogen for postmenopausal women is found in mainly in fat tissue.

Know your family history. Women whose close relatives (parents, brothers, sisters, children) have had breast cancer (especially at an early age) are more likely to get breast cancer. If this is true for you, talk to your doctor about further testing.

Exercise regularly. Exercise is a considered a breast-healthy habit and you don’t even have to join a gym!  Walking briskly for 75 to 150 minutes each week has been shown to lower risk. Consider ramping up your exercise routine even more to lower your breast cancer risk further.

Limit your alcohol intake. Women who consume 2 or more alcoholic drinks a day have about 1½ times the risk of breast cancer compared to women who don’t drink at all. The American Cancer Society’s recommends limiting alcohol to no more than 1 drink per day for women and 2 drinks per day for men. 

Don’t smoke. Studies have suggested a link between smoking and breast cancer risk, particularly in premenopausal women. Not smoking and avoiding secondhand smoke not only lowers your risk for breast and other cancers, it is better for your overall health in general.

Don’t assume the breast cancer discriminates.  Men are diagnosed with breast cancer at less than 1% the rate women are diagnosed with breast cancer and primarily affects men 60 years of age and over; however, it can occur much earlier in some men due to variables such as environmental and/or genetic factors.

Avoid environmental pollution and toxic chemicals. Current research also suggests a link between breast cancer and exposure to the chemicals found in our homes, workplaces, gasoline fumes and vehicle exhaust. An easy way to avoid these toxic chemicals in your home by creating a chemical free cleaning kit. Making your own non toxic cleaners is not only good for your health, it is better for the environment and easier on your wallet.

Let us give your home a Non-Toxic Green Clean so you don't have to! Call Teresa's Family Cleaning for an estimate today!

10 charitable ways to conquer clutter

Charitable Recycling

Now that kids are back in school, some of you have the house to yourselves and maybe some time to work on those projects that have been put off over the summer (I know I have!) With one child in kindergarten and the other in preschool, I have been using my 3 hours of mommy time to clean out and organize all the bedrooms in the house. It is going to take some time but I am making progress each day!

As I was cleaning out my boys rooms, I started to create a pile of  Crocs that did not fit my sons  any more but still had plenty of life left in them. They had served both my boys well over the years and I just felt bad tossing them. I set them aside, determined to find some sort of use for them, maybe a craft of some sort, or something for my garden? While researching online, I learned that you can donate your Crocs to people who need shoes in impoverished nations around the world. How cool is that!

Donate those old gadgets to places like charitable organizations like www.cleaningangelsusa.org

Once I found out about this program, I was on a mission! I found several organizations that will take those unused items cluttering up your home and donate them to those who can truly use them or refurbish and sell these items to help pay for programs to benefit the needy. Here are some great programs which will recycle common items around the home:

  1. Books: Send your old books to Books for Soldiers to be included in care packages to our troops overseas.
  2. Cell phones:  We all have a old phone lying around in a drawer that we just don’t know what to do with. The Wireless Foundation will refurbish your old phone and give it to a domestic-violence survivor through calltoprotect.org. Cell Phones for Soldiers helps provide cost-free communication services to active duty military members and veterans with your cell phone donations.  For information on other cell-phone charities, log on to recyclewirelessphones.com.
  3. Computers: Nextsteprecycling.org repairs your broken computers and gives them to underfunded schools, needy families, and nonprofits.
  4. Eyeglasses: Help others who cannot afford glasses by donating your old ones to neweyesfortheneedy.com. You can also drop off old pairs of glasses at LensCrafters, Target Optical, or other participating stores and doctors’ offices, which will send them to onesight.org.
  5. Formal wear: What do you do with that prom or bridesmaid’s dress that you wore once? Give it to a girl who can’t afford one by sending it to operationfairydust.org or catherinescloset.org).
  6. Furniture: Goodwill Industries will take your old furniture and offers a pick up service for large pieces
  7. Gadgets: We all love gadgets and most likely have a few around collecting dust. Recycleforbreastcancer.org, will send you prepaid shipping labels, recycle your gadgets, then donate the proceeds to breast cancer charities.
  8. Holiday cards: Donate those boxes of old cards to St. Jude’s Ranch for Children (stjudesranch.org). This nonprofit home for abused and neglected children runs a holiday-card reuse program in which the kids cut off the front covers and create new cards to sell, benefiting programs and services.
  9. Men & Women’s Office Attire:  Gently worn men’s suits and the like can be donated to Career Gear to help low income men succeed in interviewing and obtaining a job. Dress for Success collects gently worn office attire for economically disadvantaged women.
  10. Sneakers: Nike’s Reuse-a-Shoe program, nikereuseashoe.com accepts any brand of old sneakers and recycles them into “Nike Grind Material” used to create athletic surfaces for  communities in need. If your sneakers are lightly worn, you can donate them to needy athletes in the United States and around the world through oneworldrunning.com.

I hope I have encouraged you to take your cleaning to a new level by donating your useable clutter to those in need. If you find yourself overwhelmed with clutter in your home we would love to help! Our organizing experts can help you sort through any level of clutter (even severe instances) to help reveal a neat and organized home. Call us at 1-866-744-4021 for more details.