It’s no coincidence that Marie Kondo’s “Tidying Up” premiered on Netflix on January 1st. The year was 2019, and while it feels like a different time, some people are still starting the new year with the desire to purge their house of clutter and unwanted objects.
Once you’ve decided what to get rid of, the problem becomes how to get it out of your house. Lifehacker covered this in 2019, but not all of the strategies mentioned are favorable for a pandemic. Hbefore, we’re going to highlight one of the easiest ways to move items around your home and get them into the hands of people who can use, enjoy, and / or benefit from: organizing an organization to pick up the items. items to your home. Here are a few to consider.
What to do before scheduling a pickup
Before making arrangements with an organization that offers local furniture, housewares and / or clothing pickup, be sure to read their website carefully to find out what they accept and what they don’t. Most will say that the items must be in good condition; in other words, don’t put things in a “donate” box that a group doesn’t take just to avoid feeling guilty about throwing them out.
Also, keep in mind that nonprofits are often made up of volunteers, and even if you provide them with the items they need, they also provide you with a (usually) free service, carrying the stuff. which you no longer want. You always have the option of pay someone do the moving, transporting and collecting items for you, where you will probably get a certain level customer service.
Organizations that will collect donations of household items and furniture
While most of the nonprofits and services listed here operate nationwide, not all locations offer fundraising, so you’ll need to start by finding one that does. Here are some suggestions:
- Pick upMyDonate: A service that offers both free and “priority” (that is to say paid) pickup of larger household items (which require a truck to travel) to give to non-profit associations.
- Furniture bank network: A service that offers free and low cost collection of furniture donations from your home for delivery at local furniture banks. Currently in operation in 34 states.
- Habitat for Humanity: Many local ReStore branches of the organization offer free pick-up of furniture and / or other household items. Policies, such as what items can be donated and whether or not pickup is free, vary by location, so check with the location (s) in your area.
- the bow: In operation since 1950, the organization provides services and support to people living with intellectual and developmental disabilities thanks, in part, to the profits of their thrift stores across the country. Find and then contact your local agency to know how to make a donation, and if free pickup is available in your area.
- Big Brother Big Sister Foundation: Visit the organization’s website to find out that free fundraising is available in your area. Although they accept a wide range of household items, they do not collect furniture donations.
- Vietnamese veterans of America: Their Pick up please The service operates in certain areas of the country and offers free collection of items that are small and light enough that a person can easily lift and carry them (i.e. no furniture or appliances). Up to 25 donation bags or boxes are allowed for each pickup.
And yes, two of the major players in thrift stores aren’t listed here, but you know where / how to find them.