Whether you are looking to sell your home by the end of the year, making room for holiday visitors, or are getting a jumpstart on preparing for the 2013 spring selling season, don’t forget to streamline your house and eliminate the clutter before putting it on the market. Sell your home faster and kick off the holiday giving season by donating your gently used items to one (or all!) of the five below charities.
1.) Donation Town: Consider this the Google of donations. This website works with countless charities that accept clothing, furniture and household goods. Simply enter in the items you would like to donate and Donation Town will give you a list of charities that will pick up your items for you.
2.) Career Gear: This male-focused organization gives underprivileged and unemployed men the tools and resources to get back on their feet, by offering interview clothing, an image consultation and interview preparation. If you’re looking to lighten up your closet, send Career Gear your new or gently worn, professional and business casual men’s interview attire (suits, dress shirts, blazers, dress pants, shoes, belts, ties, watches, tie clips & cufflinks, and briefcases). The clothing must be clean and the organization accepts drop offs or shipments only.
3.) Dress for Success: This international organization promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women, by providing professional attire, a network of support and career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Streamline your closet and send your new or nearly new, clean professional apparel (interview-appropriate skirt and pant suits, blouses, blazers, shoes, briefcases, coats) to Dress for Success, to help another woman make a great first impression and land a job that could change her life.
4.) Habitat for Humanity’s Habitat ReStores: Take a quick mental scan around your garage, storage room or basement. There’s a good chance you have accumulated a sizable collection of home improvement goods, furniture, home accessories, building materials and appliances you no longer need. Contribute to Habitat to Humanity’s cycle of giving by donating these new and gently used items to Habitat REStores. These donated items are sold at a fraction of the retail price and the proceeds go to Habitat for Humanity affiliates that help build and renovate more homes and communities.
5.) National Furniture Bank Association: Whether you are preparing to move to a smaller home, larger home or are making a lateral move, it’s inevitable there are pieces of furniture that will not make the moving cut. Rather than putting these items out by the curb or paying for self-storage, help out a family in need and help furnish their home. Furniture banks are organizations that provide free furniture to families who are financially unable to furnish their own homes. Furniture banks collect gently used furniture to give to families in need. The Furniture Bank of North America locates residential furniture bank locations in your area, so you can streamline your home while donating to a worthy cause.
Bonus local charity: If you live in the Chicagoland-area, be sure to check out Zealous Good, an organization that connects people with items to donate, with the local charities that need them the most. Simply fill out a brief online form describing what you want to donate and if you can drop it off or require a pick up. Zealous Good then reaches out to charities interested in that particular item and will send you an email when the charity requests your item, along with the information to schedule your drop-off or pick-up with the charity.