We all need to control clutter in our NYC homes and need to address those items we no longer need or use. Clothing and shoes that no longer fit, household items that have been replaced with updated versions, books we’ve finished reading, toys the kids no longer play with and take up precious storage space in our homes. Strategically placing a few “donation stations” in your NYC home is great way to control clutter as you collect items to be passed on, and make it easier to either transport everything or get it ready for pick-up when the bags or bins are full.
A reusable shopping bag or small bin in a kitchen or hall closet can be a good way to collect household items to donate, such as excess serving dishes, books and magazines, toys and other items from your living areas. Keep a larger bin or basket in your bedroom closet to gather clothing and shoes to be donated. Be sure to check children’s closets and drawers at least once or twice each season as they outgrow items quickly and sharing in-season clothing is particularly helpful for those in need.
The garage or basement storage area is a good spot for a donation bin to store larger household items, such as appliances, tools and electronics. If you’re taking on a home renovation project, consider donating items you’re replacing, such as light fixtures, cabinets, counter tops and more. Keep reading for suggestions on donating these items.
The best way to control clutter in your NYC home is to schedule regular times to donate items, such as monthly, quarterly or more frequently best based on how quickly your Donation Stations fill up. There are a number of organizations in the New York metro area that accept donated items:
Salvation Army – find your nearest drop-off location
Accepts clothing, household items, books, toys, jewelry, shoes, furniture and more. Donated items are sold through Salvation Army Thrift Stores, which fund adult rehabilitation centers.
Goodwill – find your nearest drop-off location
Accepts clothing, household items, books, toys, jewelry, shoes, furniture and more. Donated items are sold through Goodwill Thrift Stores, which fund programs for youth, adults, individuals with physical and developmental disabilities and more.
Housing Works – call 1-888-493-6628 to schedule a furniture pick-up.
Accepts clothing, household items, books, toys, jewelry, shoes, furniture and more. Housing Works’ mission is to end the dual crises of homelessness and AIDS through advocacy and services.
Build It Green! NYC – find your nearest location
This non-profit’s mission is to offer materials that would otherwise be placed in the landfill for sale at extremely discounted prices. Donated materials are sold at their two NYC retail outlets and include everything from plumbing fixtures to doors, wood, flooring, much more.
Habitat for Humanity ReStore – find your nearest location
ReStore accepts surplus and reusable building materials, furniture and appliances. Proceeds from sales of these items benefit Habitat for Humanity house construction. Though most ReStores are located in suburban areas, you may still want to consider this option if your home is undergoing a renovation or construction project. Ask your contractor if they can help with transporting donations!
The New York Public Library – drop off at Mid-Manhattan Library
Accepts donations of books, CDs, DVDs and VHS tapes in good condition.