Giving away stuff you no longer use frees up storage space and greatly benefits the recipients of your generous donation. This article highlights some places that will accept your donations, whether it’s books, old cellphones or even cars.
Getting rid of clutter can be an unpleasant and time-consuming process. However, crowded closets and overflowing shelves can have a negative effect on your mental health. Clutter can make you feel stressed, anxious and overwhelmed. Now, we’re not advising you to throw everything away and become minimalist overnight. Instead, we recommend spending a little time organizing your stuff and throwing or giving things you no longer need away.
Getting organized makes everyday tasks less stressful. Take it one room at a time, clear all the stuff and start sorting through it. Consider donating your items to charity. You can manage to clean out your house and do a good deed at the same time. We’ve highlighted some of the most common things to donate and places to donate them to, below.
Deciding to get rid of old books can be difficult, as they often have sentimental value. However, some of them are only eating up valuable storage space. Knowing that someone else will benefit from them will make the process easier. Make sure you remove any pieces of paper that may have found their way in between pages before giving them away. Your local library will gladly accept your donation. Contact Operation Paperback if you wish to donate books to troops overseas.
Most of us have some clothes that don’t fit us anymore or that have gone out of style. Try keeping a bag in your closet. Every time you find a piece of clothing you no longer need, put it in there. When the bag is full, donate it to Goodwill or The Salvation Army.
There are a lot of worthy charities that accept car donations. The charity sells your car in order to fund their charitable work, gives it to a person in need or keeps it for transportation purposes. You even get a tax deduction. Make sure to check your old car for any receipts and documents and clean it before making the donation.
If you want to give away an old computer, your local school system or library would definitely benefit. Don’t forget to wipe the hard drive before giving the computer away. If you would like to help someone less fortunate gain access to technology, check out World Computer Exchange.
Cell Phones for Soldiers and the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence are great places to donate your old cellphone. The first charity provides cell phones for active duty military members and veterans, while the latter recycles cell phones to fund programs that help victims of domestic violence. Be sure to remove any personal information from the phone before donating it.
There are a lot of donation centers for used kitchen appliances. Clean the appliances before giving them away.
Donating old books or appliances to charity is a small, but effective way to make a difference in the world. It will help people in need and make you feel better about yourself at the same time. Give it a try!