College Hunks Hauling Junk & Moving offers stress-free junk removal, moving, donation pickup and packing services. Photo courtesy of College Hunks Hauling Junk & Moving

New Year’s is for making resolutions and changes. Is springtime for implementing them?

The tradition of spring cleaning dates back centuries and is a common ritual found in many religious groups. In some Jewish cultures, one will thoroughly clean their kitchens and homes in preparation for Passover. Christians clean for lent, while in Iranian culture, Nowruz, the Persian new year, falls on the first day of spring where a ritualistic cleaning referred as “khooneh takouni’’ meaning “shaking the house,” involves a deep cleaning of the home.

Out with the old, in with the new. Whether that be in one’s physical or mental space—spring is the time to dust, declutter, reorganize and renew.

Spring cleaning is also an opportunity to donate unnecessary items to the less fortunate. But due to these complicated times, some may not be able to make the trip to a donation center or know where to begin the process.

Here are five companies that accept household items, and will even pick them up:

College HUNKS Hauling Junk & Moving

Great name, even greater services offered. College HUNKS offers stress-free junk removal, moving, donation pickup and packing services. The group offers a free, upfront price estimate online before agreeing to any services. (312) 940-3484,

JUNK Relief

Old couch still collecting dust? How about the old lawn mower sitting in the shed? Call in the big guns when there’s heavy lifting to be done. JUNK Relief will come to your home and collect old home junk or leftover debris and also sweep and clean the work site before processing payment. Call or text (312) 800-1940.

Out of the Closet

Out of the Closet Thrift Stores goes beyond the ordinary. Apart from its funky-fabulous thrift store on Halsted, it integrates philanthropy into its identity. For every donation, 96 cents of every dollar made by Out of the Closet Thrift Stores goes directly to helping people living with HIV, AIDS or homelessness. Two furniture items at minimum are required for a free at-home pick-up (773) 435-9584

Red’s Hauling Service

From Christmas tree to construction waste removal, furniture hauling services, post construction cleaning and recycling, there’s not much this local family-owned service cannot do. (773) 616-0979,

The Chicago Furniture Bank

The Chicago Furniture Bank is a nonprofit organization that collects gently used furniture and household items that it then distributes to individuals and families in the process of transitioning into supportive housing. Although designed as a free service to pick up items, donations are recommended. (312) 752-0211,

The Salvation Army

Their motto, “doing the most good” is especially true when it comes to the convenience of picking up one’s household goods. This global nonprofit has been around since 1865 providing services to the public. They also accept car donations. Clyborn location: (800) 728-7825

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