Where to donate stuff when moving

Every moving expert will tell you that the fewer items you intend to move to your new home, the cheaper your moving costs will be. Common sense, really.

But how to decide what to get rid of when moving home is obviously a personal decision based upon usefulness, sentimental attachment, the cost of replacement, and the practicalities of moving the item.

And then you must ask yourself, is it better to sell or donate? Although selling unwanted items will bring in extra cash to boost your home moving budget, is it really worth all the hassle of trying to sell your old things?

Preparing the items to sell, calculating how much to sell your things for, cataloging, photographing, advertising online or in newspapers, endless streams of timewasters coming to view your items, a lot of hassle for possibly little return.

Tips on how and where to get rid of furniture

What to do with unwanted stuff when moving home?

So why not do a good thing and donate your unwanted and surplus items to those less fortunate than you? There are many charities that accept furniture and a whole range of household goods, and many will pick up those items for free. Those in need will benefit, you will save money on your moving costs, and you will then have the opportunity to furnish your new home with items that are better suited to your new abode, what great reasons to donate to charity!

If you are thinking about donating old furniture, clothes, and books to charity before your home move, there are many worthy causes that you can choose from, and there are many organizations and charities that pick up donations for free.

Useful info: Is it better to move your furniture or buy new one?

Where to donate used stuff near me

Why not help your local community by donating to a local good cause? This will give you some ideas of places that may take your surplus and unwanted items, many of which may hold yard sales to raise funds, or can directly use your gifted items for their benefactors.

  • Churches
  • Foster Homes
  • Shelters
  • Hospitals
  • Hospices
  • Nursing Homes
  • Day Care Centers
  • Orphanages
  • Furniture Banks
  • Food Banks
  • Schools
  • Libraries
  • Clubs
  • Animal Shelters

Who picks up furniture donations for free? To find an organization near you where to donate used toys, shoes, books, clothes, household items, and furniture, often with free pick up, just follow this link to Donation Town.

However, you may have a particular preference for a type of charity you wish to support, or have specific items that you want to know where to donate to. The following list, with links to their website will help you.

Many of the following charities and organizations will collect your surplus things for free or have local drop off points.

See also: How to get rid of things when moving house

Where to Donate Furniture and Household Goods

Where to Donate Clothing

  • Dress for Success – Formal clothing for women in need to attend job interviews.
  • Careerwardrobe – Professional attire for women to attend work interviews.
  • Brides Across America – Wedding gowns for military brides in need
  • Angels Wings – Donate formal dresses and wedding gowns that are then made into burial gowns for toddlers and babies.
  • Hope Services – Provides services for those with developmental difficulties.
  • The Lupus Foundation – Will take household goods too to help sufferers of Lupus.

Where to Donate Furniture, Appliances, Electronics, Clothing, and Toys

Where to Donate Cell Phones

Where to Donate Old Computers and Electronics

Where to Donate Cars, Trucks, RV’s and other vehicles

Where to Donate Stuffed Animals

Where to Donate Books

  • Books for America – To help improve or create libraries in schools and places of need
  • BetterWorldBooks – Selling books online to help nonprofit literacy organizations.

Where to Donate Art Supplies and Musical Instruments

Where to Donate Eyeglasses

  • Lions Clubs – Eyeglasses are sent to developing countries
  • Neweyes.org – Eyeglasses are reused worldwide.
  • SavingSight – Donating glasses around the world to the needy.

Where to Donate DVD’s and DVD Players

Where to Donate Fitness Equipment

More suggestions on the best ways to get rid of household stuff

Of course, there are many more charities that will help you recycle your unwanted items. And rather than throwing stuff away when moving, why not help someone in your local neighborhood by advertising on Freecycle? Freecycle is a great way to get rid of stuff when moving as people will pick up old furniture for free and usually very quickly. It is a great way to recycle your furniture and unwanted items fast.

Facebook is another good way to get rid of unwanted furniture or household items. This is an example of the type of facebook group that exists to help you recycle your surplus items.

Even your moving company can help you with your goodwill gesture by boxing your surplus unperishable food stuff and donating it to local food banks (Move For Hunger).

Don’t forget that your charitable donation may also have tax benefits, and to learn about those, just click on these charitable donation tax tips.

Good luck with your home move and congratulations for doing such a good deed.

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