If you are in the process of cleaning out and reorganizing the house you’ll probably come across items that you don’t use anymore or even items that have never been taken out of the original packing such as gifts that were given to you.
The best thing to do with these items is get rid of them. Chances are if you haven’t taken something out of its original packing by now, you’ll never get around to using it.
Local charities are always happy to take items that are in good shape off your hands! Another plus to donating to your local charities is that you may be able to take this as a tax write off (verify this with your tax professional first).
You could also check with your local shelter like the local women’s shelter and see if they accept donations. More than likely if you have used clothes, toys or books that are still in good shape they would be more than happy to take these items.
Often times the families in this type of shelter are literally there with the clothes on their backs and that’s it. So any item like a book, toy, etc can be a comfort to them.
There are also charities out there that will even come to your house to pick up your donations. Check locally to see if you have a charity like Purple Heart and Vietnam Vets or a group like Easter Seals because these are organizations that will often come to you and pick up your donations.
Many people don’t think of checking with their local hospital if they have items to give away such as books. Your local hospital might be more than happy to accept a donation of books especially children’s books. It only takes a second to make a phone call to find out.
After you’ve donated the items you don’t use it will be easier for you to reorganize what items are left. Because we tend to accumulate things quickly you might want to consider making a schedule of going through items every couple of months!