Looking for an easy way to pay it forward? Donating items you seldom use is a great place to start! Not only can your lightly-used items make someone else’s day, but decluttering your home will leave you feeling rejuvenated. If you’ve ever wondered where to donate furniture, baby items, clothing, and more, you can find donation ideas in our guide below!
Where to Donate Furniture
Getting rid of furniture? Whether it’s a gently-used dining table set, a sturdy old couch, or a desk that takes up too much space, consider donating your furniture to these organizations!
Habitat ReStore, the home improvement branch of Habitat For Humanity, is available across the country and resells donated furniture, housewares, appliances, and building materials. The money raised from each ReStore’s sales goes back to support Habitat’s projects in your community. If you’d like to drop off items or schedule a furniture donation pickup for larger items, get in touch with your local affiliate!
The Salvation Army
Where to Donate Clothes
When it comes to decluttering your life, your closet is usually one of best places to start. Not sure where to take your clothing donations? There are tons of organizations that accept clothing for donations or even recycling!
Clothing Donation Bins
Charities like Goodwill and The Salvation Army often have multiple clothing donation drop-off locations throughout major cities and are always available for store drop-offs during their hours of operation. To find a clothing donation bin near you, check each company’s website to find locations in your area!
Give Back Box
Have a pile of old clothes and accessories sitting around? Skip the trip to your local donation center with Give Back Box! This organization takes donations of gently-used clothing and provides a free shipping label, so all you need is a cardboard box. Donating your old clothes has never been easier!
If you’re near a Madewell, consider dropping off your old jeans to be recycled. They use old jeans to make housing insulation for communities in need. If you discover you need a new pair of jeans after your closet cleanse, paying it forward will pay off since you receive $20 off a new pair of jeans when you donate!
Not sure where to donate old, ripped, or heavily-worn clothes? If your clothing items are too beat up to donate to a homeless shelter or thrift store, H&M has a textile recycling program. This means you can get rid of socks with holes and ripped jeans without sentencing them to a landfill. Even though it won’t help you with decluttering, stores like H&M also offer coupons when you drop off old clothes.
Where to Donate Pet Supplies
Not sure where you can donate dog food, cat food, pet beds, pet clothing, and toys your pet never plays with? Try one of these great animal-loving options!
Local Animal Shelters
Many humane societies and animal shelters will gladly accept gently-used toys, old collars, bedding, towels, and leashes. These local shelters also need newspapers, office supplies, and plastic bags.
From kitty litter, pee pads, and food bowls to miscellaneous items like towels, sheets, and storage bins, most animal hospitals rely on donations. Check your local vet clinic’s website to see which household goods they currently need.
Pets of the Homeless
Where to Donate Books
Have some books that you read once and haven’t picked up again? Consider giving your books a new home by donating them! Like clothing donations, there are plenty of places that accept book donations!
Little Free Library
If your local area has a Little Free Library, donate some of your books! These neighborhood libraries rely solely on people sharing and exchanging books with others in their communities.
When donating to homeless shelters, don’t forget books! Shelters don’t just need food, clothes, and hygiene products. They can also benefit from books of all genres and for all reading levels!
Many libraries accept book donations and will sometimes put them on the shelf, or their Friends of the Library Society will sell these books to raise funds for other library initiatives. Better yet, your local library may even have book donation drop-offs nearby or inside of the library itself, so check online for locations!
Books Through Bars
This organization will make sure your books get a second life by provides reading materials to incarcerated individuals. While they don’t accept all books, Books Through Bars is always looking for books about trade skills, true crime, instructional art, and many other topics. Check their website to see what types of books are most in demand now!
Where to Donate Electronics
Looking for a place to donate an old computer, laptop, or phone that’s collecting dust in your home? Many schools and libraries accept technology donations, but sometimes upcycling electronics by donating to local charities can really change a person’s life!
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Charities like Big Brothers Big Sisters accept donations of old computers, telephones, answering machines, and radios. These help to provide young kids with the opportunity to not only learn on these devices, but gives them a chance to own an electronic device that they couldn’t afford previously.
Cell Phones For Soldiers
Clear out drawer space and make a difference when you donate to Cell Phones For Soldiers! Mail in your old smartphone, team up with your neighbors to send in several phones, or search for a drop-off location near you to help get phones to our troops.
Where to Donate Baby Supplies
Have unused diapers, baby food, bottles, baby clothing, or toys taking up space in your home? You can donate these goods to local charities and homeless shelters, as well as the organizations below!
From outgrown baby clothes to extra blankets and bedding, NICU units at hospitals are regularly in need of these items and will gladly accept donations! Call your nearby children’s hospital to find out where and when you can donate your items.
Find a new home for extra diapers or the toys your kids have outgrown at a nearby daycare! In-home daycares and larger daycare centers will gladly accept gently-used toys, unopened baby formula, and diapers. Just call first before making the trip to double-check if there’s anything they don’t accept!
Second Chance Toys
Help keep toys out of landfills and brighten a child’s day! Second Chance Toys has drop-off locations in tons of major cities. There are similar organizations in different areas, so be sure to search for options near you!