6 Unique (And Worthy) Places to Donate Your Clutter To

All Storage Online | September 8, 2021 @ 12:00 AM

6 Unique (And Worthy) Places to Donate Your Clutter To

 

You’ve decluttered. Nice work! Maybe you even found a way to make decluttering fun. The sight of those organized shelves is a thing of beauty. The pile of clutter that needs to go...well, anywhere but your home? Not so much. 

 

Now that you’ve decluttered, it’s time to get rid of that clutter. Hopefully, while decluttering you created separate piles for storage, trash, recycling, and donation. If not, do that and come back to us—we’ll wait. 

 

Now, take a look at your donation pile. You’re likely seeing a mix of items—clothing, kitchenware, electronics, books, and maybe some odds and ends that you have no idea what to do with. 

 

Where should you actually donate this stuff to? Popular places to donate your clutter to include Goodwill and the Salvation Army, but we’ve looked around for some lesser-known places that are equally worthy of your gently used items.

 

Reader to Reader

 

If you have a lot of used books, Reader to Reader is a great charity to give them to. This nonprofit collects and distributes books to underserved communities, such as rural towns, inner-city school districts, and Native American reservations. If you’d like to donate books, you can hold a book drive and then ship the books you’ve collected to Reader to Reader. Please note that textbooks, magazines, and encyclopedias are not accepted. 

 

Dress for Success

 

Clean out your closet and help a woman ace her job interview by donating professional clothing to Dress for Success. This national nonprofit with branches all across the country collects businesswear for underresourced women who are pursuing employment. Remember that great blazer that helped you feel confident during your first job interview after graduating college? If it’s taking up space in your closet, donate it to Dress for Success and pass that feeling of empowerment on. 

 

Cell Phones for Soldiers

 

As the name implies, Cell Phones for Soldiers provides our troops with cell phones. They also provide soldiers with calling cards and emergency funding. Everything they do is in service of keeping soldiers connected with their loved ones back home. If you have an old cell phone or two in your home office, this organization will take it. 

 

The Furniture Bank Network

 

Getting rid of unwanted furniture can be a huge hassle. There are likely donation bins in your community for the clothes you’ve grown out of, not for that outdated couch from the 1970s. Enter Furniture Bank Network. This is a collection of furniture banks across the country that accept unwanted couches, chairs, and more to be donated to people in need.

 

Soles4Souls

 

Have your kids outgrown their shoes? Has your taste changed and you now prefer flats to heels? Soles4Souls collects gently used shoes. Check out the website to find a drop-off location near you or ship for free through Zappos for Good. 

 

Your Local School District, Animal Shelter, Library, Homeless Shelter, etc.

 

In addition to national nonprofits with local branches in your area, look within your community for local businesses and organizations that accept used items. Places to look include your local school district (may accept used electronics, books, clothing, etc.), your local animal shelter (these often accept used linens which are turned into bedding for dogs), your local library (obviously these typically accept books, but you may be surprised what other items are accepted) and homeless shelters (typically looking for clothing, but ask about related programs that accept furniture). 

 

Looking for more places to donate your clutter? Ask your local All Storage about resources in the nearby community.