Let’s Get Organized: Where to Donate?

Since the beginning of the year we’ve slowly eased you into getting your home organized. Last week, we provided plenty of tips to help you de-clutter any problem areas in your house. Now that you have a big pile o’ stuff, it’s time to give it away and donate it to a good cause.

There are so many worthy organizations that desperately need donations, but sometimes it can be difficult to know where to donate your goods.  Don’t worry, we did the dirty work for you and have a nice list of nationwide donation centers that will happily accept your used items.

Donation GuideLinens
-Many animal shelters are in desperate need of soft blankets, towels, and linens that they can use in their animal cages. To find a shelter near you, visit Pets911.com. We suggest calling your specific shelter to make sure they accept your donation.

-If you’re purging any furniture such as couches, beds, or dining room sets then consider donating them to your local chapter of the National Furniture Bank Association. They provide free furniture to families struggling with poverty, and victims of hurricanes, floods, and earthquakes.   Visit furniturebanks.org to find a furniture bank near you.

-Perhaps you’re moving soon and don’t want to trek your clunky car across the country. Instead of getting a few bucks on Craigslist, why not donate it to a worthy organization? Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Cars for Kids’ Sake (bbbs.org) will happily take your clunker. They will pick up your car for you, resell it, and use the proceeds to benefit the Big Brothers Big Sisters programs in your community. They even take old construction and farming equipment. Habitat for Humanity and the American Diabetes Association also accept vehicle donations.

Professional Attire
-Dress for Success and Career Gear are two non-profit organizations that collect professional attire for men and women in need.  If you have any business suits, professional apparel, footwear, or accessories consider donating to this worthy cause. Visit dressforsuccess.org or careergear.org to find a donation site near you.

-The United States Environmental Protection Agency has a tool that shows you exactly where to donate your specific electronic item. Just be sure to delete any personal information before you donate. Visit http://www.epa.gov/osw/conserve/materials/ecycling/donate.htm

General Goods
-Goodwill and The Salvation Army are staples in many communities. These two organizations will accept a wide variety of clothing, electronics, appliances, furniture, books, and more.  If you’re unsure about a particular item, pick up the phone and call before lugging your stuff across town.

One more thing to keep in mind…not everything is “donate-able” (yes, we just made up a word). Make sure everything you giveaway is in good working condition and isn’t falling apart. If you’re just giving away junk, then you’re only creating more work for the charity.

Now go tackle that big pile of stuff and smile knowing that you’re doing something good for the world!

One more thing, we’re curious – what’s the coolest or funniest thing you’re giving away? Leave a comment with your answers.


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