I had been enjoying a few needed days off from work when I decided it was time to spring clean! After hearing myself give the same advice and suggestions, over and over again, to homeowners who were looking to sell their homes, I knew it was time to take my own advice... Time to do some serious de-cluttering in the Weiniger household!

Just like a diet or exercise regime, I found it tough to initiate! But I was able to box started off up unwanted books and bric-a-brac to start the cleanse. I asked my brother, Tommy, to come over and help me! He is that sibling who liked everything organized and clean...and I knew that he would encourage me to "let it go"!

He helped me decide what was trash (and got it out immediately) and what items we could find new homes for, through recycling and donations. Some metal items were separated to give to folks collecting metal to sell and recycle. And boxes of saleable stuff, Tommy brought over to the VisitingNurses.org tents in Far Hills for their big rummage sale.

From this experience, Tom now wants to help other pack rats like me—to organize, de-clutter and de-junk their homes. He started a new arm of Lehman Construction called, Take my junk, please! Also perfect for estates that need to empty a home with ease and low stress. If you too, would like my brother's help in your home, contact Tom Lehman directly at 201-953-5044.

After labeling what bigger furniture items I wanted to give away, I posted a few photos on the Warren Township Community Forum on Facebook. This group is an excellent place for locals to come together and share all kinds of things going on in our community. If you have stuff you're giving away that could be of use to someone else, the WTCF is the perfect place to post.

In less than five hours time, my posts generated many loving homes for my (now) unwanted stuff. And the bonus was, meeting so many nice people from around the community, face to face and in real life!

Meet Sandra and her daughter. I was giving away a wicker magazine table that was my mom's. These lovely ladies were planning on putting it on their porch in South Carolina! This made me smile and feel happy to give it away to a new home.

"Project Hug a Hero" started as a Girl Scout Silver Award created by three Cadette Girl Scouts in Basking Ridge's Troop #60988: Elizabeth, Emily and Gillian. Elizabeth and Emily created this website, added all content to the site, raised awareness in the community, and collected donations and established two drop-off locations within Basking Ridge.

From the Girl Scouts: "When we learned about our new neighbors living in Valley Brook Village, who were previously homeless veterans, we wanted to help them feel more comfortable in their new homes.

Kelly Mazzocchi, a member of the WTCF and Veterans Committee Chairperson at the Elks in Stirling, answered my post on Facebook about two Lazy Boy chairs I was giving away. She told me that a couple of veterans needed something comfortable chairs for their apartment.

I am so happy I had a chance to meet Tito and Greg due to my spring cleanse social media outreach. These two heroes fought for our country in many wars—including in Korea, Iran and Iraq. Here are the happy new owners, Greg and Tito, testing out their new comfy chairs!

If you're interested in donating to veterans, visit HugAHero to see what items are needed. For more information, email Kelly Mazzocchi at [email protected]

I received a message from a local mom saying that her son could really use the futon I had posted. She said that he wanted it for his dorm room at college next fall. I was thrilled to give it to them… especially if they would come pick it up! Meet Robert and Frank, two polite young men from Warren. As their first task as current friends turned college roommates, they carried out this heavy piece of furniture with a smile on their faces excited about their new digs.

Whew! All in a day's work of clearing out and cleansing.

For more information on recycling and donating in Warren, New Jersey, check out our blog post on The Ultimate Guide to Donating & Recycling in Warren and Spring Cleaning in Warren: Recycling Events & More!