Renovating your kitchen is such an amazing feat. You spent weeks, or even months, designing, planning, and going through the construction. Now that it’s all done and your kitchen looks beautiful, what do you do with all your old stuff? Well, you can donate a lot of it! Here are five household donations you can give to charity foundations from your old kitchen.
If you bought new utensils to go with your brand new kitchen, your old ones would make perfect charitable donations. You can donate your flatware, cooking utensils like spatulas and spoons, silverware, glasses, mugs, cups, serving plates, and trays. You would be surprised how a set of silverware can help someone in need. The same thing goes for cups and utensils.
When you update your kitchen, it’s not unusual to get all new cookware. Maybe all your pots, pans, glassware, and other bakeware were red in color before, but your new kitchen is blue. You probably want your things to match. Instead of throwing out your old cookware, you can make a donation and help out a family in need.
Before you ripped out your old cabinets, you probably had to take all your old Tupperware out of that messy cupboard, and you probably realized you have more than you need or use. Have you ever been without a Tupperware container or even a storage jar to put your leftovers in? If you have, then you can appreciate how much it would mean to a family in need to receive that kind of donation.
Many charity organizations take appliances, but not all. They typically have to be smaller appliances like microwaves, coffee makers, electric griddles, blenders, and toasters. As long as they are still in usable condition, you can donate them. Someone near you probably needs one of these small kitchen appliances and would be incredibly happy to receive your old one.
Furniture makes great household donations for non profit organizations. If you replaced the stools that go with your island, kitchen dining set, or any other type of end table or plant stand, then your old ones can be donated to charity. As long as it weighs less than 50 pounds, you’re good!
Not only will your household donations help others, but it can help you a little bit too. For example, donating a coffee maker can get you about a $4 to $15 tax write-off. So, you might be able to recoup just a little bit of what you spent on your renovation. Plus, it will make you feel great to be helping other families in need.
Do you have a closet full of clothes that you don’t wear anymore? Here are some signs those clothes need to be donated.
It doesn’t fit anymore
When you keep clothes for a long time, it’s likely at some point that they won’t fit anymore. Whether you gained or lost weight, gotten taller or started working out, then your clothes may no longer fit and you are not going to wear them. If you are not going to wear your clothes, it’s time to find clothing drop off locations and donate clothes.
You don’t like it anymore
Many of us have clothes in our closets that we just don’t like anymore. Maybe that shirt isn’t trendy anymore. Maybe your style has evolved, and you are ready for new clothes. Either way, if you don’t like your clothes, it’s time to get them out of your closet because it’s likely that someone in need will like them. If you don’t like what’s in your closet, clothing donations are in your future.
You don’t wear it anymore
For whatever reason, you don’t wear a lot of your clothes anymore. There is a rule of thumb to go by so you can tell when you “don’t wear” something. If you live somewhere with one to two distinct season climates, and you haven’t worn an item of clothing in six months, it’s time to let it go. If you live somewhere where there are four distinct seasons, you have a year to wear something before you need to start looking for clothing drop off locations to donate it.
You have way too many clothes
Do you look in your closet, see tons of hangers with clothes on them, and say, “I have nothing to wear?” That means you have too many clothes. At least, you have too many of the wrong clothes. One person can only wear so many outfits. So, if you find yourself barely wearing some of your wardrobe and it’s just too big, start packing it up to donate.
Every year, Americans donated about 4.7 billion pounds of clothing. If you look in your closet and see clothes that don’t fit, you don’t like, you don’t wear, or just way too much clothes, it’s time to find clothing drop off locations and clean out our closet. Not only will you declutter your home, but you will be helping those in need as well.
So, you’re ready to clean out your closet. You have a lot of clothes that you don’t wear anymore, and you’re ready to revamp your wardrobe. While you’re doing that, you’re probably wondering what you’re going to do with all the old clothes. Before you throw them in the trash, consider donating them.
It’s much better for the environment
When you donate your clothes, you are saving the environment from a lot of harm. According to the EPA, it costs $45 on average per ton to dispose of waste in a landfill. Clothing that sits in landfill releases toxic greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide and methane into the environment when they break down. Lastly, making new clothes takes hundreds of gallons of water, and the production of new textiles accounts for 10% of all carbon emissions on the planet. All of these things can be avoided if you donate your clothes for reuse.
It helps people in need
Even though you don’t want your old clothes anymore, it’s almost guaranteed that someone else will. There are many people in need of usable clothing. There are disaster victims, underprivileged people, and children in need of clothing, and your donations can help. When you throw away your clothes, they have no chance of reaching people who need them the most.
It will give you an ego boost
When you do things for others, something good happens for you too. Doing a good deed like donating your old clothes will make you feel good because you’re doing something for a worthy cause. You’re getting rid of the clutter in your home and helping others at the same time.
Nearly 100% of the textiles in your home can be recycled and donated, regardless of the quality or condition. This means you really have no reason not to donate your old clothes! It’s better for the environment, it helps children in need of clothing, and you’ll feel great. If you’re wondering where to donate household items like clothes, check out our website for clothing drop off locations or to schedule a home pickup.
Tomorrow is Give Something Away Day. Most of us are lucky enough to have more than what we need to live. National Give Something Away Day allows us to share some of our abundance with others.
You can choose to buy someone a coffee, volunteer your time, or donate items you no longer need to charity. GreenDrop represents some of the best charities to donate to and collects clothing donations on their behalf. read more >>
As we mentioned earlier this week, we will be sponsoring this year’s 6 Dot Dash hosted by our partner, The National Federation of Blind. Now in its 5th year, the 6 Dot Dash is a competitive 6K run/walk through Inner Harbor of Baltimore.
This race is just one of the ways the National Federation the Blind shows their Baltimore community and the world that blindness doesn’t hold you back. Each year NFB supporters, staff and volunteers come together in addition to members of the local community to participate in the street race to raise money for and promote Braille literacy and opportunities for the blind people across the country.
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