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If you asked us to give you just one
piece of advice to help reduce the stress of moving, the answer is ‘re-evaluate
your belongings’. Yes, when it’s time to move, you’re constantly going to hear
this statement getting passed around by your friends, relatives and even
movers. No kidding, downsizing is key to taking the sting out of moving homes.
And let’s face it, you’re bound to
find a ton of things you no longer use or even things you never used. The
solution to this is donating so that you could give these items a second life.
There’s numerous charities and organizations that are willing to help the
donation boxes you create to reach the right hands. One such agent is The
But who are they and how do you donate items to them? Let’s help you out with that.
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The Salvation Army is a charitable
organization that has global reach. They use the money they get from donating
your belongings to different groups of people who are underprivileged or in
unfortunate circumstances. The elderly, people trying to beat addiction,
prisoners and the homeless are just some of the many groups getting financial
and moral support from members of this organization.
By donating to them, you get to
declutter your house. At the same time, the money is a ray of hope to people
who are looking for a second chance at life.
The goods you donate to The
Salvation Army and the funds received from the sale of your products goes
directly to specifically fund adult rehabilitation centers across the nation.
The money works towards various operations undertaken by these centers to help
people beat addiction and gain the strength to get back on their feet.
This organization is also extremely grounded in practising and not just preaching the virtues of Christianity. They definitely go by the scriptures and teachings of Jesus Christ that only encourages people to share what they have with the needy. Like it’s said ‘Giving is itself an act of grace’. Few of the top projects undertaken by The Salvation Army are -
There are three possible ways to donate your things to the Salvation Army:
Do note that if you click on the
‘Drop-off’ option, the website would pull out a long list of locations where
you can drop the boxes or bags for donation. Make sure you run over the list of
things accepted before visiting any of the branches.
We’d also like to mention that it is
pretty easy to find a Salvation Army outlet close to your home address since
they have over 8,000 locations in the United States. Yes, their influence has
spread far and wide since its inception in 1865.
Contact Details Of Salvation Army:
Appliances - You can donate a working
condition washing machine, air conditioner, freezer, dryer, microwave, electric stove, gas stove,
heater, refrigerator, TV, and more.
Clothing - For this category, they accept blouses, boots, coats, dresses, jackets,
jeans, pants, shirts, snows, skirts, snowsuits, shoes, socks, sweaters and
Clothing - Shirts, shorts, shoes, jackets, raincoats or even a tuxedo and various other
pieces in your wardrobe that’s in good condition will be accepted.
Clothing - You can give away your well-kept bags, skirts, sweaters, slacks, dresses,
blouses, coats, boots, even swimwear and more.
Furniture - Beds, cribs, cabinets, chests,
folding beds, sofas, trunks, wardrobes, rugs, play pens, mattresses are a few
of the examples of things you can give away.
Goods - Could be anything from a lamp, pillows, pots, pans, towels, curtains,
blankets and more.
Miscellaneous - Your old books, printer, bicycle,
sewing machine, vacuum cleaner, suitcases, soft toys and things that don’t fall
in the other categories fall here.
Public schools in the place you
reside could be in need of books, toys and craft supplies. If you have an
excess of these, it’s best to ask schools if they are short on any of things
from your kids rooms. Hospitals and daycare centers are also equally good
options. When you donate to a place near your home, it feels like you’re doing
something that will help build your community, so we highly recommend looking
for shelters within your vicinity.
Realistically speaking, some of the
clothes in our cupboards don’t see the light of the day at all. We can all
agree that there tends to be items in our wardrobes that we don’t even think
about for 6 months straight. If this is the case, you must take it as a sign
that you don’t need it or care enough for it. At the decluttering stage it’s
best to categorize such pieces for a thrift store that runs for a cause. For
instance, in the state of Colorado, The Arc is a thrift store that uses the
funds gained from selling your clothes to support residents with disabilities.
Similarly, there could be a thrift
store in your local community that is using the funds to help reduce the
burdens of different groups of people. It would be fulfilling for you to see
your clothes not only reach someone who would love to wear them but the money
from it reaches out to those who are not as fortunate.
Also Read: Where To Sell Clothes For Cash Online When Moving Out
Now Goodwill is one of the larger
charities in the United States, so you’ve probably heard the name before. It is
a non-profit organization that has received recognition for its work globally.
If you like, you can opt to donate at one of their centers.
All you have to do is find a
Goodwill donation center in close proximity to your home which won’t be
challenging since there’s roughly 3,300 stores in the nation. Like all
charities, Goodwill won’t be accepting donations that are damaged or cannot be
sold. Make sure you’re thinking twice about the condition of the item you’d
like to donate. The organization can only receive a fund if the item you donate
has a sale value.
AMVETS is an organization that is
dedicated to improving the standard of living of veterans. They do accept
donations like clothing, furniture, kitchen appliances, sports equipment,
bedding and so on.
Bigger items like trucks, cars and
boats are also accepted. The funds gained from the donations go to the families
of veterans and improve their living conditions. So make sure to donate things
that are typically required to run a household. They do have a pick-up facility
so you don’t necessarily have to find a center.
Lastly, few other places that are
always happy to accept donations are food banks, churches and women crisis
shelters. For instance, YWCA (Young Women's Christian Association) is a good
place to donate things that you think could go towards the betterment of women
globally. We suggest finding similar small scale centers where you can donate
and improve the lives of people in unfortunate situations in your community.
Food banks and churches could be a great option to donate items from your pantry
that have to be cleared before moving day.
Donating is indeed a good deed (we
know it rhymes), but not all items given to donation centers are likely to
sell. If you have books they would most likely be more useful in a school
library or the local library in your county. Similarly, if you have a pet and
you want to donate unopened food packets or cleaning items like shampoo, then
an animal shelter would ideally be the place for it.
Another scenario is you can’t really
give electronics or appliances that are not in a great condition to a donation
center. So, if you need to get rid of it, you have to ensure you’re doing this
in a responsible manner. Collect items that you think won’t sell and take them
to non-profit organizations that recycle stuff that can’t be put into bins. You
would most probably find such things hidden and collecting dust in a garage,
basement or storage room.
In the process of decluttering, you
would be able to find items that won’t sell but are still quirky enough to be
part of someone else’s house. For instance, if you have a crockery set or an
unopened wine glass set that you’d hate to see breaking, you can always ask
family and friends if they’d like to have it. This works for home decor items
like vases, mirrors, candle holders, unused wallets, unopened makeup sets or
even a showpiece. These could be things that you’re no longer a fan of but can
fit well in someone else’s home.
Ensure you’re not dumping these
things on people. You could simply keep it in a box, take some pictures of it
and send it on family groups to confirm if they would like to make it a part of
their house. If your friends and family visit often, you could keep this box
somewhere visible with the word ‘free’ on it. This is yet another responsible
way to ensure that things are not just getting dumped in a charity that has no
use for such items.
Also Read: How To Organize A Garage Sale Before Moving | Donating Clothes when you Move
What are the
best charities to donate items to?
The Salvation Army, Goodwill, AMVETS
National Service and Habitat For Humanity are some of the best charities in the
US to donate items or funds to.
What are some things that cannot be donated to charities? Items that are torn, have stains, odor, or pet hair cannot be donated to charities. You also cannot donate electronics that no longer work. The item must have a resale value and must be in a reusable state.
Donating is a great act of kindness
and well it does give you the fuzzy warm feeling that you’ve done something
good. Something to keep in mind while donating is that the items are in good
condition. You can do so by putting yourself in the other person’s shoe and ask
yourself if you would buy the item. Also, The Salvation Army is not the only
place ready to help you with donating but you have several options like we
All in all, hands down there’s no better time to declutter and donate other than when you move homes. The end result is that you reduce the load of the truck and give the items you no longer need a new home.
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