If you are more concerned with getting rid of your things than making some cash off them, donating is absolutely the way to go. It’s the easiest way to get rid of your “perfectly good” things, and it will help out someone in need.
The first rule of donating is to donate only what is truly “perfectly good.” No ripped or stained clothing. No damaged stuff. Donate things that you would feel blessed to receive.
For items that may have small defects, try using Freecycle. Be up-front about the issues with your items in your posting. You’ll be surprised how many people don’t mind the defects, and might actually re-purpose your item into something else.
For your good-to-go items, you’ll have to do a little investigating to find a good donation spot. Do some searching around online, and see what’s available in your area. When we lived in the Chicago area, there were several charities that would pick up items at our home. We found them on donateillinois.org.
Where we live now, there are several Goodwill drop-off stations that we can just drive up to and donate our stuff. You can get a receipt for your donations, which you can write off on your taxes.
There are probably charities in your area that do the same thing. It’s just a matter of finding them.
Once you find your go-to charity, you can develop a donating routine. Put a box or bag in your garage that you use for donations. When the box is full, throw it in your car and drop it off the next time you’re running errands. Or, if you’re lucky enough to have charity pick-ups in your area, schedule a pick-up.
By donating, you are helping others in your community, and you are helping your family by getting rid of things that are getting in your way. It’s a win-win, with minimal hassle.
Where are some other great places to donate? If you have a favorite charity you like to donate goods to, please list it in the comments!