If you’re like me, you have the Penelope “urge to purge”. Next time you tackle a Quarterly Cleanout, consider these places to donate your items and help out those in need:
Do you have a bunch of already-read books or textbooks you’d like to pass along?
Consider donating them to Better World Books, an organization dedicated to promoting literacy that’s given over 10 million books to partner programs around the world:
Is your closet filled with business attire that you no longer wear?
Send them to Dress for Success—an international not-for-profit organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence:
Got an old pair of glasses that no longer meets your prescription needs?
Donate eyeglasses to children and adults in developing countries and give them the gift of better vision.
Do you have a bunch of old decorative soaps or hotel shampoos that you’ll never use?
Donate them to help prevent millions of hygiene-related diseases that could have been avoided with simple hand washing.
Did you just spruce up your desk décor?
Consider giving your old office supplies to the Kids In Need Foundation, which provides free school supplies to needy children across the country.
Too many devices?
Time to part with old technology. The National Cristina Foundation will give your devices new life by gifting them to organizations that help people with disabilities, students at risk and the economically disadvantaged.
For just about everything else, check with your local Goodwill, Salvation Army, pet shelters, local schools and homeless shelters for their donation needs and guidelines.
Another cool organization to note is TerraCycle. They pride themselves on free recycling programs for any “non-recyclable” items, therefore eliminating the idea of waste.
Do you have other recommendations for charities that accept gently used donations? Let us know about them in the comments.