Welcome to Spring Clean Your Life, your one-stop shop for gotta-try-those tips & bookmark-me inspiration to spruce up your kitchen and home this season—and well beyond.
Has the start of the new year inspired you to tackle a home decluttering project? Whether you've actually managed to start (using the tenets of Marie Kondo or the latest in Swedish "death cleaning") or still trying to find the inspiration, you'll eventually want some help offloading the excess.
But wait—don’t just toss all of your unwanted belongings in the trash just yet. A lot of the items that have accumulated in your home are probably still in good shape and could be used by someone else, which is why you should make regular trips to donation centers part of your decluttering routine.
Not sure what can be donated and where it can go? Here’s a handy list of the organizations that will take your appliances, home goods, electronics, and more.
Have a slow cooker that you never use? Is there an old microwave just sitting in your basement? There are actually a number of charities that will accept appliance donations, including bigger items like stoves, washers and dryer, refrigerators, and more.
Let someone else enjoy that dining room furniture that’s been sitting in your attic. Many charities, including the ones listed above, will accept furniture donations, but most stipulate that the items must be in good condition with no tears, stains, or pet damage.
A few additional organizations that will accept furniture include:
What about that extra set of plates you never seem to use? Or your least favorite kitchen pan? Again, the majority of organizations listed above will accept kitchen and tableware, as long as it’s in good shape.
Additionally, you can donate these items to Big Brothers Big Sisters, which accepts bakeware, pots, pans, tableware, kitchen tools, and more.
Old cell phones, laptops, TVs, and computers can generally be donated to electronic stores—some of which even offer a discount in return!
Additionally, there are other charitable organizations that will accept unwanted cell phones:
Are your bookcases overflowing? Some public libraries will accept book donations, so you may want to reach out to your local branch first.
If that’s a no-go, the following organizations will happily accept the books you’re clearing out:
If you’re still not certain where to donate home goods in your area, visit DonationTown. All you have to do is put in your ZIP code and the website will give you a list of local charities and let you schedule a pickup. Easy!
UPDATED (as of February 26, 2018): Operation Homefront is no longer accepting donations of furniture.
Where do you donate your well-loved home goods? Share your favorite resources with us below.