Have you been decluttering and organizing this spring? Great job! You can donate used but still usable items to local charities. Some will even pick up your items, including furniture! Be sure to label them appropriately and follow any guidelines you’re given by the donee.
Donate to Goodwill
One of the most common thrift stores in the US, Goodwill resells items while investing in the local community and helping people find jobs. Many will pick up larger items or a large number of boxes. Find your local store and ask what their pickup policy is.
Habitat for Humanity ReStore
Habitat for Humanity’s mission is about making housing more accessible. In their ReStores, they take donations of home improvement items and resell them at affordable prices. If you’ve upgraded your washer and dryer, retiled your bathroom, or remodeled your kitchen, you may have items you can donate here. See this list for acceptable donation items and schedule a pickup.
GreenDrop raises money for the American Red Cross, the Military Order of the Purple Heart, the National Federation of the Blind, and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Philadelphia. They accept items up to 50 lbs., including small appliances. If you’re on the east coast, they may be able to pick up your items.
Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA)
Although only in 13 states, their mission to support Vietnam vets with disabilities and/or experiencing homeless, maybe one you want to support. Search by your zip code to see if they’re in your area and schedule your donation pick-up.
Donate to The Salvation Army
Their thrift stores support a variety of humanitarian missions nationwide. Most accept furniture as well as small items. Enter your zip code to see if they offer pick-up service in your area.
If you don’t live near a city, these options may not be available to you. Don’t worry! Check out these pick-up service directories to find local charities that offer pick-up services in your area.
Furniture Bank Network
If you’ve got large items to donate, this might be the place to start. Search on their map for your location and see what organizations are in your area.
Mainly focused on larger items, this site aggregates nonprofit organizations to help you find ones in your area that will accept your donation. Just search by your item and zip code to get started.
Find a Place to Donate on Donation Town
Like PickUpMyDonation, Donation Town is an aggregator. It lists local charities that will pick up your donation. However, you’ll need to contact each charity directly to determine what items they take and schedule your pickup. Enter your zip code to search and get started.
If you still haven’t found anything near you, don’t give up! Try reaching out to local moving companies and thrift stores. Both frequently deal with unwanted items and may have some suggestions.
Worst case scenario, you can use a paid service such as a junk removal company. It’s not ideal, but it’s better than holding on to items you no longer need.
What’s one thing you plan to donate this year?