Spring Cleaning with the Habitat Heartland ReStores

Spring cleaning time is here again! The benefits of this annual ritual are easy to see: a clean, organized home is a healthier home. Spring cleaning is associated with dusting, vacuuming, scrubbing and brushing. Many also use the time to declutter their homes of items they no longer use. The task decluttering can be daunting, but this room-by-room checklist from Habitat for Humanity International will help give you inspiration and motivation! 

While you go through your checklist, divide your items into piles for “Donations”, “Keeping”, and “Trash / Recycling” so you can clearly see the impact of your Spring cleaning. We see indirect benefits of spring cleaning at Habitat for Humanity ReStores every day from those boxes marked “Donate.” When those donated items are sold, someone in your community gets to give your item a second life for a great price. An even further benefit is that the proceeds from the sale go towards helping a family build a safe, decent, affordable home.

Not sure what we accept? Here is a list of items commonly accepted at our Habitat ReStores, divided by room.  Print out an abbreviated version of the Declutter spring cleaning checklist PDF to take with you during your decluttering!

Decluttering: A simple Spring cleaning checklist for every room


  • Beds
  • Dressers
  • Nightstands 


  • Sinks
  • Refrigerators
  • Cabinets & Countertops
  • Other appliances

Living Room:

  • Furniture
  • Antiques
  • Rugs
  • Bookcases
  • Art & Decor

Garage / Basement

  • Tools 
  • Gardening materials
  • Bricks
  • Pavers

Other Items:

  • Doors
  • Lumber
  • Windows
  • Paint
  • Light fixtures
  • Building materials

Learn more about what you can donate to the Habitat Heartland ReStores here.