July 15th is National Give Something Away Day, which means it’s the perfect opportunity to clean out closets and storage spaces.
While the temptation to load up the trunk with all your unwanted items is strong, many donation drop-off sites won’t just accept anything you bring them. So, before you waste a trip, crosscheck your donation haul with this helpful list of things you should and should not donate.
If you’ve recently upgraded your kitchen or furniture items, consider donating the unused toaster or table lamp you’ve been toting since college to organizations like The Salvation Army or Habitat for Humanity.
Whether it no longer fits or simply doesn’t match your current style, donating your old clothes or suits to Dress for Success could help another woman nail the interview for her dream job.
Kids grow out of toys fast, but one child’s hand-me-downs can be another’s new best friend! Donate your child’s unused toys to a local nursery or program like Stuffed Animals for Emergencies.
There’s likely more than a few canned veggies or other non-perishable food items in your pantry you’ll never eat. Free up much needed storage space and give back by going through your collection.
Do Not Donate
Donation sites rarely accept stained or distressed clothing so turn those old t-shirts into cleaning rags or find another creative use for your old clothes.
Expired Food Items
It should go without saying that nobody wants expired food. Check the dates first and throw away anything past its prime.
Old TVs and Computers
Old CRT (cathode ray tube) TVs and computer monitors contain toxic chemicals and their second-hand demand is extremely low. To safely dispose of these devices, you can recycle them at electronic stores like Best Buy.
Child safety is important, which is why donation sites typically don’t accept used car seats. Instead, check with your state to find a car seat recycling program.
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