They say the hardest part of moving is letting go. According to a study, the average American owns at least 23 items they have little use for. And, that’s not all: an eye-popping 31% currently own a broken item they can’t bear to toss out. In all, Americans think about decluttering at least six times a year but only meet their decluttering goals 50% of the time. If you’re moving and have decided what you’ll part with, you’re way ahead of the pack. To help out, we list five charities below that pick up unwanted items.
A Good Solution for Unwanted Items
Meanwhile, others move for a new job, an easier commute, or a better neighborhood. If you’re a member of the Armed Forces, you may be relocating because you’ve been assigned to a new posting.
In working with customers, we found that the greatest challenge they faced was how to dispose of unwanted items. If you’re struggling with the same issue, consider donating your surplus belongings to a charity. Here’s the benefit of donating: it’ll save you time and expense and also help those in need. On top of that, you may qualify for a tax deduction for your charitable gift.
Choosing Your Charity
You may already have a favorite charity in mind. If not, these five organizations can arrange to pick up your unwanted items. They’ll either send your items to people in need or sell them to provide funds for important social programs. Not every organization offers pickup service in every single town or city. If you can’t find one that does, our last suggestion may be helpful.
1. The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army operates in more than 7,000 towns and cities in the United States. This organization will make arrangements with you to pick up your items. Because it reaches out to so many people in need, the Salvation Army accepts almost anything as long as it’s in good condition. Employees will pick up furniture, household appliances, clothing, mattresses, books, and motor vehicles. You just need to click here, enter your zip code, and take it from there.
2. AMVETS National Service Foundation
AMVETS is the most inclusive veterans’ service organization working on behalf of active service members and honorably discharged veterans. It operates worldwide and has physical locations in 22 states. AMVETS takes almost anything it can sell at one of its thrift stores, including furniture, household appliances, electronics, clothing, and toys.
3. Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity operates more than 900 Habitat ReStores across the country. It will accept almost any item, from clothing to household appliances, kitchen utensils, and building materials. It either uses the items in its Habitat homes or sells them to raise funds for building projects. You can arrange a pickup just by clicking this link and entering your zip code to find contact info for your local Habitat ReStore. A knowledgeable volunteer will answer your questions, confirm your donation, and arrange a convenient time for pickup.
According to its website, Goodwill’s mission is to “enhance people’s dignity and quality of life by strengthening their communities, eliminating their barriers to opportunity, and helping them reach their full potential through learning and the power of work.”
Goodwill stores are in so many locations it’s easy to find one. You can use this locator to find a local store and ask about pickup service in your area. Goodwill stores sell everything from clothing to books, National Geographic magazines, furniture, and children’s toys.
5. Donation Town
If you live somewhere without a charity pickup service, you may find Donation Town helpful. This charity directory currently lists hundreds of charities, from national names to local groups. To work with Donation Town, enter your zip code here to see a list of local charities that will pick up your unwanted items. The list of items you can donate varies according to the charity you choose. However, many of the charities accept almost anything that can be of use to the needy.
Will Charities That Pick Up Unwanted Items Accept Everything?
The answer: it depends. Most charities prefer accepting gently-used items that can benefit the needy. Be sure to check with the charity of your choice before donating broken or unusable items. You may be better served recyling these items, instead. If you have chosen Mesa Moving and Storage for your relocation needs, your dedicated Move Coordinator may be able to provide some more advice about decluttering or donating your unwanted items.