Where to Donate if You’re Living with Less

by Landis Carey on April 7, 2011

As many of you know, I’m undergoing a project (really, an effort) to Live with Less. I’ve been editing our belongings and paring back to what’s “essential, valued and beautiful,” as mo+mo living advises.

Transitioning into this new lifestyle has left me with a lot of unwanted clothing, cooking ware and other household wares and knickknacks. It’s almost time to donate, so I wanted to share a roundup of great places to donate your unwanted goods.

General Goods: Vietnam Veterans of America will pick up your donations from your home, so there’s no need to travel. And what’s better: you can schedule the pick-up online and they will email you a confirmation and reminder. I’ve used this service several times in the past year; they’re really reliable!

Books: School and Public Libraries, Jails and Nursing Homes are great options. Also, the service Paperback Swap allows you to swap your books for ones you want to read. Brilliant, right? If you want your books to help fight illiteracy, consider these organizations: Global Literacy Project, Books for America, or the International Book Project.

Kitchen Ware: Ronald McDonald House or your local church or soup kitchen.

Professional Clothing: If you have business attire you’re no longer wearing, consider Dress for Success, the organization that helps women get back on their feet with career development and professional attire.

If you have specific items to donate and want to find a better match than my suggestions above, search the database at Network for Good. You’ll be amazed at the results right in your backyard!

Readers: Where do you donate books, clothing and other general goods?

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Sally Sherman April 7, 2011 at 10:35 am

There are many churches in our area that take bundled donated newspapers and get money for them. There is also a Goodwill truck nearby that takes everything daily but large furniture; call, and they’ll pick up your big pieces. And a consignment store — furniture, books, household items, CDs, old cassettes — whose sales benefit a local religious group. We donated a car awhile back to an organization for the blind (so its volunteers could drive patients to doctor appointments).

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