How to Donate Household Items Before a Move

15 May 2022

One of the easiest ways to make your move easier and cheaper is to declutter and eliminate the household items you don’t need, want, or use. If you’re looking to clear your things out of your home, it can be hard to know where to start – and it can be easy to get overwhelmed. Having the right process of decluttering or organizing and knowing what to do with the items you’re ready to get rid of is imperative to making your packing and moving process an easy one. Want the best tips for how to donate your used items before your move? We’ve got your back for the best (and most helpful!) ways to donate your items. 

Sell Your Items

If you have the time to gather, organize, and post your items, a great way to give back while getting rid of your things is by selling the things you want to get rid of anyway and then donating what you make from the sale. You can also put this money toward your move to make things a bit more manageable. 

If you’re pressed for time, remember that you also don’t necessarily have to sell your things online, either. Take things back to basics by putting on a good old fashioned garage sale or bringing things to a local consignment shop to sell them all at once. 

Selling your items, whether through online sites or in person will let you both get rid of your items while making money, whether for yourself or for the charity of your choice. If you donate your proceeds, you can also get a deduction on your taxes from the IRS. 

Donating Your Items to Charity Before You Move

Another easy and straightforward way of getting rid of your items while also helping out people in need is by donating them to a local charity organization. If you have a lot of large or particularly bulky items that you’re concerned about donating because of a lack of transportation options, many charitable organizations will actually come and pick up items for you. Whether you’re looking to donate clothes, furniture, or even a car, there are plenty of organizations that will take your unneeded or unwanted items and use them to help others! Looking for charitable organizations to donate your items to? The following are some great charities to donate to or help support with small or large donations: 

  • AMVETS: AMVETS helps to support the millions of veterans across the United States. They help veterans attain their benefits from the government, and run leadership and advocacy programs to help elevate the quality of life for veterans and their families across the country.AMVETS accepts furniture, exercise equipment, electronics, clothing, and more, and prefers items that are less than 5 years old. 
  • GreenDrop: GreenDrop is an East Coast based program that raises money for various charities through the sale of donated furniture, clothes, electronics, and appliances at thrift stores. Some of the charities GreenDrop supports include the American Red Cross, Military Order of the Purple Heart, and the National Federation of the Blind.
  • Out of the Closet: Out of the Closet is a thrift store chain which is owned and operated by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. This organization provides AIDS patients with medical, preventative, and educational resources. The AIDS Healthcare Foundation is also the largest non-profit provider of HIV/AIDS healthcare, research, education, and preventative resources.

Out of the Closet accepts furniture, electronics, kitchenware, vehicles, and more! For furniture pickups, you need to have at least two items for them to come and pick them up, but if you have the transportation available, you can also transport your items to them as well. 

Selling or donating your items before your move is a great way to make money or to give back to your community before you make your relocation. Haven’t started on your moving process yet? Before you start decluttering, make sure you’ve got the right moving company on your side for your move. Ray the Mover is the best professional moving company for you and your needs. Learn more about our services today. 

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