If you're like me, the idea of packing up one house to move to another sounds like a daunting task. In fact, it makes me a little light-headed just thinking about it. The thought of trying to figure out what to take with you and what to let go of is a little overwhelming, but the truth is, if you can let go of the things you don't need— the stuff that's just taking up precious space— you will help reduce moving costs in the long-run.
So, we'll help you figure out what things to donate when you're moving. Don't forget to get a receipt for tax purposes. It might make a difference when April rolls around.
Our suggestion is to start with baby steps. Begin little by little clearing out of the items you simply don't use, items you have multiples of or items you've outgrown. The ideal place to start is your closet. You're sure to find plenty of things to donate there. Many donation centers (i.e. Salvation Army) have drop boxes throughout town where you can place donated clothing and shoes. Clear out clothing and shoe items that no longer fit or that you haven't worn in over a year. If they're in bad shape, toss them if they're still wearable, donate them.
Then move to your linen closets, and the kitchen. Crisis shelters for women are often in need of household items like kitchen utensils, dishes, sheets, towels, etc. So, when you're packing up the kitchen, bathroom, and linen closets, set aside silverware, utensils you have multiples of, miss-matched dishes you simply don't need, and extra linens. These types of items are normally given to women leaving the center to set up a new home. This is also a great place to donate toys!
While you're in the kitchen, clean out the pantry and donate non-perishable items to the local food closet. After holiday seasons, many food closets end up bare, so any can/boxed and non-perishable items will no-doubt be appreciated.
Now moving to the entertainment cabinets. Electronics are great items to donate when you're moving. Even if it doesn't work, it can still help. Goodwill Industries actually encourages donations of both new and used computers through the Reconnect partnership. You can simply take your unwanted electronics – any condition – to a participating Goodwill store or donation drop-off site. Goodwill refurbishes or recycles the equipment, which benefits communities. You're doing your part to keep the landfills free of non-biodegradable waste while you're at it.
Donate large furniture items like sofas, beds, tables, etc., and lighten your load on the road by helping others. While there are probably many places in your area that accept used furniture donation, consider places like Habitat for Humanity, who use volunteers to help build homes for people in need.
Moving provides a great opportunity for you to clean out, de-clutter, and downsize your household items. There are so many different things you can donate when you're moving in order to help others and yourself. When donating, just be sure to adhere to any donation guidelines set in place by the organization of your choice. Some places require clothing to be washed prior to being donated and some require items to be packaged in a specific way before donating. Let your move be an opportunity to down-size your home and stream-line your move.