Tips & Tricks - Where can I “release”? This week’s focus: DONATE!
Last week I wrote about how to go through the process of deciding what to “Keep or Release” when organizing. Ok…so now what to do with all of that stuff you’ve decided to release? Well, fortunately you have options! It all depends on how much additional effort you want to put forth. There are a few different options for releasing your items: donate, swap, sell, recycle, or trash them. I do not recommend trashing them as an option, especially if the items are not broken or damaged. This week we are going to focus on donating. Why fill up our landfills any more than they already are, if you could take one extra step to donate them, give them a second life, or receive a tax benefit!
Let’s be honest, chances are if you are “releasing” a bunch of items, there is someone else in the local area that can use them! You can go with the old standby and donate to a local charity such as Salvation Army, Purple Heart, or Veterans, but today I wanted to tell you about a few places that you may not have heard of before. All of these places have local ties to Macomb County. They either have a collection location that is local or they directly benefit people in our area. We will discuss them by items so it is easier to follow!
Shoes – There is a non-profit organization that was started by organizing professionals called Soles4Souls. According to their website, “since Soles4Souls began in 2006, we’ve distributed over 30 million pairs of shoes in 127 countries and all 50 states.”They will take any of your gently used shoes. You can mail them in, but fortunately for us locally, the Brighton Store at Patridge Creek accepts donations in their store until July 8th!
Books – A great place to make a donation of books is your local library. If they do not use the book for their shelves, they will sell it at their used book sale or in their used book shop if they have one. The proceeds for these sales usually go to fund programs at the library.
Housewares, Furniture, Clothes, etc. – It is easy to just drop bags and bags off at your local Salvation Army or other Thrift Stores. You could donate to Second Hand Rose in Mt Clemens which is the resale shop for Turning Point (services to end domestic and sexual violence) to make a huge impact on lives that are sometimes in mortal danger. They accept gently used furniture (can call for a FREE furniture pickup 586-468-3083), housewares, home accents, linens (towels, comforters, blankets), electronic items (with all parts and cords), shoes and boots (Men, Women and Kids), outerwear, collectible items (glassware, dishes, dolls, sports memorabilia, figurines), and lamps (with shades). For a listing of items, they do not accept, visit their website.
Of course, if you donate your items to a non-profit, you will likely receive some type of tax benefit in accordance with the IRS guidelines. Please check with the non-profit to see what their requirements are for tax receipts. Regardless of what the items is, if you don’t plan to swap, sell, or recycle it, please consider donating it if the items are not “trash” worthy!
Where is your favorite place to donate and why? Comment below or on the social media link for this blog. Your favorite place might be featured an upcoming blog!