Helping others can be rewarding in so many ways. Decluttering your home before your Arizona movers come won’t only benefit you but also other people. It’s a win-win situation. Organizing your stuff for donation may seem easy but it can be quite troublesome unless you have a plan and stick to it. With a detailed plan and good time management, there is nothing to worry about. Here, you’ll learn how to organize your stuff for donation, where to donate, and why donating is important.
Useful tips on how to organize your stuff for donation
- Start early. This rule applies to the entire moving process. Moving preparations, including organizing your stuff for donation, usually take longer than we expect. Therefore, always give yourself more time than you think you will need in case you have overestimated yourself or something unexpected comes up.
- One room at a time. Start organizing one room and stay there until you’re completely done with it. Only after you finish one room should you move on to the next one. This way, you will make sure you don’t forget anything.
- Don’t be (too) emotional. It is time to part with some of the things that have been collecting dust for years. If you are one of those people who keep everything because of its sentimental value, try to be a little more practical. If you are not sure whether you will ever use an item, get rid of it immediately, before you change your mind. Keep only the items of great sentimental value as well as those that you use on a regular basis.
- Not everything unwanted is for donation. When sorting out your stuff, there should be a “throw out pile”. The unwanted items you should not donate belong to this pile. These include broken, torn, worn-out, unsalable or unusable items.
What to do with the donation pile?
- Make sub-piles. Once you have decided what you are going to donate before moving, you need to create sub piles for different items. Separate books, clothes, electric devices, food, etc. into different piles. This will make organizing your stuff for donation much easier. Perhaps, you will have to take your stuff to different donation centers.
- Pack your donation pile carefully. Packing stuff for donation is no different than packing stuff for moving. You still need to make sure you use the right packing supplies for fragile items since they will be traveling, too. If you are unable to do it yourself, you can use professional packing services.
- As you organize your stuff for donation, never pack heavier items on top of lighter ones. This rule applies to packing in general.
- You may also want to separate liquids from the rest of your belongings, just in case something leaks during transportation.
- Certain donation centers will be able to come and pick up your stuff. This could save you a lot of time and we all know time is a luxury when moving house. So, check if you have that option. If you don’t, check the opening and closing times of donation centers.
- Drive carefully. If you are donating fragile items and you are the one who is dropping them off, in addition to using quality packing supplies, you need to transport them carefully so as to avoid damage. This refers to both driving and carrying the boxes.
- Get a tax-deductible receipt. Before you drop off your items or someone picks them up, make a list of what you are donating. Note whether an item is of low or high value because most forms for tax deduction provide estimates for these two categories.
Why you should donate your excess belongings?
- As we mentioned, you can save on taxes. However, do not expect to be offered the receipt for your donated items. Ask for it. Otherwise, you may not get it.
- The fewer items you move, the lower the moving fees. Moving fees are based on the amount or weight of your belongings. Hence, the costs for Tucson movers will be cut significantly by getting rid of some items.
- Furthermore, it is proven that a tidy and spacious home sells faster. So, if you want to sell, hurry up and organize your stuff for donation.
- Also, with all excess items out of the way, it will be easier to organize and prepare the items you do want to keep.
- In addition, eliminating some of your belongings cuts storage costs. You will be able to rent a smaller (cheaper) storage unit or you won’t need one at all.
- Finally, what is more, rewarding than knowing that you helped someone in need?
Who needs your donation?
Your moving company may be able to help you donate to a good cause. Ask your Oro Valley movers if they have connections with any charitable organizations. A lot of moving companies do since they often work with clients who have unwanted belongings. Here are some suggestions.
- A local rescue group or animal shelter would love to receive cat/dog food, bedding and towels.
- Also, there are several U.S. nonprofit groups that help marine creatures. They accept donations of dish soap, bath towels, paper towels, plastic bags, ladders, wheelchairs, etc.
- You can donate nonperishable food items to your local food bank. Numerous groups organize food drives, especially around the holidays.
- You are more than welcome to donate unused toiletries, bedding and furniture to a local women’s shelter.
- Local libraries usually accept used books, DVD and CDs.
- Some nonprofit groups, like The Salvation Army and Goodwill Industries, accept used furniture and other household items. They help a lot of people, such as the homeless or those affected by disasters.