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What to Do with the Stuff You Don’t Want to Move

If you’re moving, you’ve likely unearthed a lot of items you no longer like, need or want.Habitat for Humanity Restore storefront This is probably everything from the sofa you won’t have room for, clothes the kids have outgrown, and all the stuff mysteriously accumulates in closets. What do you do with them?

With Giving Tuesday coming up, we’re focusing on donating goods you no longer want. There are countless charities that take donations of clothing and households goods and either give them to families or sell them at low cost. Habitat for Humanities ReStore is one of our favorites. They accept gently used furniture, appliances, housewares, and more. Unlike most other organizations that accept donations, ReStore accepts building materials in good condition., so if you have a stack of 2 x 4s or several sheets of drywall in your garage, ReStore is a good place to start. You may even be able to arrange a pick up.

When you donate your goods, you do a lot more than just get them out of your house. You help families in need, who either receive items or buy them for a fraction of their original cost. Your donated items stay out of landfills, helping the environment. And proceeds from sales further the mission of the organization; at ReStore, proceeds fund Habitat programs in your community and around the world. Habitat for Humanity helps build new and restore existing homes for low income families, and in communities impacted by disasters, like hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria

No matter which organization you donate to, items should be in good condition. As you prepare your donation, make sure electronics and appliances work, that clothing is still wearable, and that furniture is functional. If the furniture is disassembled, be sure all parts are included. If you have kids’ items to donate, ensure that toys are still safe, and that games or puzzles aren’t missing pieces. If you have non-perishable food items you don’t want to move, contact your local food pantry, as most other organizations do not accept food donations.

Keep a list of the items you donate, and ask for a receipt. You may be able to deduct the value of these goods on your taxes as a charitable contribution.

Whichever organization you choose, your move will be easier for donating your unwanted items. You’ll also have helped improve someone else’s life, directly or indirectly.

Categories: Pre Move: Packing & Planning