I saw the first robin of spring today, and then a few dozen more. It is official that spring has graced South Carolina with its presence this year. This beautiful weather makes me want to burrow out of the cave that my home has become and de-clutter my living space. I embrace the feeling, open the doors and windows, and start getting down to the business of cleaning and getting rid of things that we no longer need in our house. The need for a clean and fresh space often spreads over to the office too.
My cleaning spree really begins as more of a focus on the latter two “R”s in the phrase “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.” Part of my attack strategy is to dedicate a large box to things that can be re-used by others, and fill it up with items to take to the local thrift store. That takes care of about half of the clutter, but then there are the things that can only be recycled. More and more things are recyclable now that the world as a whole is getting on board with recycling as a real necessity, and not just a feel good activity.
Being married to a computer and technology junkie means that my home is loaded with electronic equipment. Some of it works, some of it is “for parts, don’t throw it away!” and some of it is just plain useless. Luckily, the lawmakers in our great state passed a law last year that required electronic waste to be recycled . Going hand in hand with this law, there are more drop off sites than ever to recycle your electronic waste. DHEC has a list of recycling coordinators by county , and most Best Buys take e-waste. I have taken advantage of these services already this year and ridded myself of a few dusty old computers and monitors.
Check with your local recycling site before you go to make sure that there are not any restrictions or requirements. Some sites charge a fee to take items with screens such as TVs or monitors. Remove hard drives that contain personal information and destroy the hard drive. For amusing ways to destroy a hard drive, check out some videos on Youtube.
Every spring SCACPA has an office wide deep cleaning day to clear out the things we were too busy to put away or throw away properly in the fall and winter. I know many of our members are busy with the swirl of the tax season, but I encourage everyone to take the time to clean out their homes and offices to celebrate spring. Make sure you reuse or recycle what you find, and make plans to reduce consumption in the future so that you can relax knowing that your home and office are already clean and ready!
Blogger: April Blake, Office & Member Services Coordinator, South Carolina Association of CPAs