If you have stayed in one place for a very long time, it is probably a very rare occurrence that you have gone through every crevice of your home and purged things that you no longer use or need.
Moving becomes a great excuse and opportunity to shed yourself of all the materialistic items that can be loved on by someone else. Do you have clothes that you haven’t worn in years? Are you moving to a different climate where you won’t need a -25° sleeping bag? Have you kept every little thing from your 30-something-year-old daughter that just got married? Many of the things in your home that are no longer of any use to you are of use to someone else, especially in a season of financial hardship. So, what better time than when you’re moving to sort through these things and make sure they find a new, better home?
There are quite a few options when you want to donate household items to people and organizations that can benefit from them. Deciding to donate your items is a really fantastic way to make a difference while keeping your unused items from the landfill or needlessly carrying them around from move to move. Here are a few ways to do good with your move.
Donate furniture to charity
You can donate window air conditioning units to organizations like Zealous Good, who work with different charitable organizations that provide heating and cooling for low-income seniors.
The Furniture Bank Association of America: Provides gently used furniture and household items to struggling families. You can find a Furniture Bank in many cities throughout the United States, as well as in Canada.
Donation Town: A database for finding local charities that will come pick up gently used furniture and household items. Just enter your zip code and you’ll get a list of participating charities so you can choose exactly who you’d like to receive your donations.
Habitat for Humanity ReStore: Habitat ReStores accept a wide range of items, including furniture, household appliances, and goods, and building materials and tools, which they use in the production of their homes. ReStores are located all over the U.S., and some locations will come to pick up your items.
Goodwill: Goodwill as an organization will accept pretty much everything, but check with the rules of your particular local store to ensure they’ll take large furniture. Some Goodwill location volunteers will also come to pick up items from your home. A simple Google search of your zip code plus “household donations” should direct you to other organizations as well that can benefit from your move. If you’re looking to donate furniture or mattresses, just make sure first that they accept large items.
Donating Food Items
Move for Hunger: By teaming up with relocation companies across the country, Move For Hunger is creating one of the nation’s largest year-round service programs. Our movers offer to pick up the unwanted, non-perishable food items from those who are moving and deliver it to their local food banks.
To learn more: www.moveforhunger.org
“Think of giving not as a duty but as a privilege.” ―John D. Rockefeller Jr.