Where to Donate Your Stuff Before Moving
Whether you’re downsizing to a new home or purging before a move, there’s nothing better than eliminating clutter (hello: tight-fitting jeans, out-dated electronics and old baby toys). Not only will decluttering save you from wasting hours on packing, but it will also save you from spending unnecessary money on the overall relocation. Before purging your home, though, consider donating some of these gently-used items to various charities and non-profits first. If you’re not sure where or how to donate your stuff before moving, take a look at these 9 suggestions below.
With 3,200 stores around the country, Goodwill is one of the most popular places to send donations. The organization accepts new and gently-used (a.k.a. in working condition) items to sell in their stores and on their online auction site. The non-profit has also partnered with Dell to collect electronics and unwanted devices. Goodwill will refurbish and recycle the materials to benefit your local community. To donate your belongings before moving, simply drop everything off at a local Goodwill Donation Center. Some Goodwill locations offer pickup services as well, so be sure to call your local center to ask.
2. Local Libraries
Looking to lighten your bookshelves? I suggest donating gently-used books to your local library. Many libraries will accept pre-owned books, as well as DVD and CDs. Once sold, most libraries will use the funds raised from book donations to go towards library events, activities and community initiatives.
3. Dress for Success
Listen up ladies! If you have gently-used, work-appropriate clothing in your closet, consider donating it to Dress for Success. This international non-profit organization helps women thrive in the workplace by providing professional attire and development tools to those who need it. The organization accepts new or nearly-new suits, business appropriate apparel, shoes, handbags, cosmetics and jewelry. To donate your items, you’ll need to find an affiliate in your area.
4. Habitat for Humanity Restore
Have a Habitat for Humanity Restore in your area? Consider donating your household goods to these nonprofit donation centers. The Habitat for Humanity Restores sell new and gently-used furniture, appliances, home accessories, building materials and more. If you’re looking to donate large pieces of furniture, such as couches, dining tables or beds, Habitat for Humanity is a great choice. The organization will actually pick up your belongings – free of charge. All you have to do is call and schedule a pick up time before moving.
If your home is overflowing with baby toys and supplies, it may be time to let go before the move – especially if your children have outgrown the items. Consider donating these baby belongings to Baby2Baby. This non-profit collects donated baby gear and distributes them to shelters, children’s hospitals and more. Baby2Baby accepts clothing, backpacks, diapers, beds, blankets, toys, car seats, cribs, high chairs, and diaper creams – among other baby items. To see if there is a Baby2Baby donation site near you, check here.
6. Food Banks
Not sure what to do with all of that leftover food? If you’re not planning on bringing the pantry with you, I highly recommend donating non-perishable items to a local food bank. Think: canned goods, rice, cereal, pasta, etc. All of these unused, non-expired items can feed a person in need. To donate non-perishables, either box everything up and deliver it yourself – or hire one of Move for Hunger’s relocation company partners to handle your move. These relocation partners will personally deliver all of your food items to local food banks. Move for Hunger is an organization that works with moving professionals nationwide to pick up unwanted food items from those who are moving and deliver them to local food banks. The non-profit works with 650 relocation companies across 50 states and Canada.
7. eBay Giving Works
For those who prefer to sell their belongings on eBay, you’re in luck! The online marketplace’s Giving Works program makes it easy to donate to charity. All you have to do is auction off your items through the eBay Giving Works program. Once sold, customers can donate a percentage of the final sale to the charity of their choice.
8. Salvation Army
Consider donating your household belongings to one of Salvation Army’s Family Stores. All proceeds from the Family Stores fund Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Centers, which help those suffering from addiction. The Salvation Army accepts clothing, furniture, automobiles, household goods and appliances. Drop off locations and pick up options are available at various Family Stores throughout the U.S. To find the closest one to you, check here.
9. Pickup Please
If you need a donation pick up ASAP, I recommend contacting Pickup Please. Run by the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA), this organization can pick up all your unwanted belongings within 24 hours. The organization then sells the items to generate funding for local, state, and national programs of the VVA. Pickup Please accepts clothing, household goods, appliances, electronics, shoes and more. All donors have to do is schedule their pickup online and leave the labeled boxes outside their door. A Pickup Please driver will pick up the donations and leave a tax deduction receipt behind.
Items that donation sites may not accept
Keep in mind that donation sites won’t accept everything. You’ll need to contact each organization separately to ask what items they do and do not accept. A few examples of items that won’t be accepted include: Upholstered items with rips, stains, tears, and/or pet odors; hazardous materials/chemicals; unframed mirrors or glass; broken glass; storm windows and single pane windows; metal blinds; corner tubs; cultured marble tubs; broken flooring; lighting that doesn’t work; encyclopedias and textbooks; electronics that are out of date.
Don’t forget to deduct the donations from your taxes
Also, don’t forget to save those donation receipts! Once you’ve dropped off your items with the non-profit, the charity organization should be able to provide you with a tax deduction receipt. Come spring time, these receipts could end up saving you a bundle on taxes.
Finished donating your things? If so, it’s time to find the best moving company to handle your upcoming move, check Moving.com’s extensive network of reputable and reliable movers. All relocation companies in our network are licensed and insured, so you can rest assured that your move will be in good hands. Good luck and happy moving!