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Things to Donate When Moving

January 24th, 2012 - 10:32 AM

If you’re like me, the idea of packing up a house feels overwhelming (especially one you’ve lived in for a long time).  It undoubtedly means sifting through some drawers, cabinets and closets that you haven’t dealt with in a while. 

Not so appealing.

Of course, you could just choose a moving service with packing and loading help and let an experienced crew come in and do everything for you—get it all packed up and worry about what you need and don’t need once you get moved into your new home.  That’s definitely the easy way, but probably not a great approach if you’re also trying to save a little money. 

When you consider that your U-Pack price is based on the amount of space your shipment occupies in the moving trailer (or the number of ReloCubes you use), it makes sense to only move what you intend to use at your new home.  And that leads us to the subject of this post:  Moving is a great time to donate items you no longer use

To get you started, we’ve created a list of items you may consider donating, and some of the best places to donate:

Clothing that no longer fits or hasn’t been worn in over a year.  Donation centers like the Salvation Army, Goodwill, community women’s shelters and community homeless shelters often need clothing. 

Household items like kitchen utensils, dishes, sheets, blankets, towels, etc.  Organizations like women’s shelters and homeless shelters often have a need for these types of items.

Toys.  Crisis shelters for women and children, and homeless shelters will normally accept both new and used toys.

Non-perishables from the kitchen pantry.  You can donate these to your local food closet or homeless shelter.  After holiday seasons, many food closets end up bare, so can/boxed items are greatly appreciated.

Electronics.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency encourages you to add old computers and other electronics to your donation list.  You can find a local program in your area like Earth 911, Greener Gadgets, TechSoup and Call 2 Recycle

Large furniture items like sofas, beds, tables, etc.  Letting go of these large items will definitely reduce the size of your load!  Typically the Salvation Army and Goodwill will accept these large items—and in most cases will come to your location to pick them up.

If you’re having difficulty finding organizations in your area to accept your donations, check with your local United Way or websites like donationtown.com. There are also nonprofit internet-based groups like Freecycle and FreeShare that will accept most household goods.  And one last tip, don’t forget to ask for a receipt for tax purposes—most donations can be used as a deduction.