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Packing up your home in preparation for a move is almost a guarantee you will discover piles of old and unwanted or no longer needed items. Junk tends to accumulate and sit unnoticed for years in many people’s homes and often, only a move will push individuals to look at their belongings with fresh eyes, assessing how much value it really holds for them. And since packing for a move is a tedious and detailed process, a lot of people find themselves choosing to toss these old and forgotten items instead of going to the trouble of packing them. Why pay to move that old, outdated armoire when you don’t even want it anyways?
If you are pressed for time and moving out at the last minute, throwing away old relics may sound viable. However, before you entertain leaving furniture and odd knickknacks on the street or beside a dumpster, look up how comfortable your neighbourhood is with such illegal dumpings. While most cities and charities accept curbside free mattress pickups and bulk disposals, dot your i’s and cross your t’s to avoid paying fines. Get ahold of service providers who offer free furniture pickups, mattress disposals and landfill diversion. Furthermore some cities have OCD stipulations on how to dump certain items and a regular habit of penalising former residents.
However, there are those who may find it hard to simply toss their belongings. The good news is that there are other options for getting rid of your unwanted items besides for simply tossing them. Selling is one good option, and there are plenty of second-hand marketplaces for used household items such as Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace. Another great option is to donate used items and furniture. There are a few reasons why donating is a great option to get rid of unwanted stuff. Firstly, one can feel good that his no longer needed items are benefiting others instead of just sitting in a landfill somewhere. Additionally, charitable donations are tax deductible, so the donator can benefit financially, as well. Furthermore, many charitable organizations offer pick-up services. During a move, knowing that you don’t have to worry about moving out old furniture yourself before the movers come can really take some stress off the planning and packing stages of a move.
After you’ve finished sorting through everything and deciding what belongings and household items are coming with you, give All Jersey Moving & Storage a call. We are one of New Jersey’s most reputable moving companies and we can pack, move and even unpack your belongings with expert care and at a fair price. Alternatively, if you don’t want to get rid of items just yet, but don’t have the space for them in your new home or just don’t want them there yet, All Jersey Moving & Storage offers containerized storage solutions , with stable rental fees and close monitoring of all storage units to ensure no hazardous materials or infested shipments enter the facility.
But, for everything that’s not coming with you and that you’re ready to part with, we’ve compiled a helpful list of charitable organizations that will accept your gently used household items, clothing and various other items and pass them on to those in need.
Probably one of the most recognized names among international charitable organizations, the Salvation Army offers a wide range of services to those in need. One of those services is their Adult Rehabilitation Center, which helps those struggling with drug and alcohol addictions get back on their feet. To fund this program, The Salvation Army accepts donations of - among other items- appliances, clothing, furniture, kitchenware and electronics, which they then sell at their Thrift Stores, using the proceeds for their funding. They offer donation pick-up and scheduling is easy. Visit SATRUCK.org or call 1-800-SA-TRUCK (1-800-728-7825).
They do have a list of things they generally don’t accept, such as metal desks, TV armoires and baby items (high chairs, car seats, etc.). However, due to Covid-19 health regulations, the list of unaccepted items may have changed. To find out more about what is and is not acceptable, call them at the number listed above before scheduling a pick-up.
Habitat for Humanity is a global non-profit organization that focuses on eliminating homelessness by either building new homes or improving existing homes for those in need, as well as then setting up affordable mortgage payment plans for the homeowners. Habitat for Humanity accepts furniture donations as well the donation of building materials, and many vehicles such as trucks, cars, boats, farm equipment, motorcycles and airplanes. Like the Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity will sell your donations and use the money to fund their home-building efforts.
To schedule a furniture pickup, visit their furniture donation page and search for your nearest Habitat for Humanity center by entering your zip code. Then contact your local center to arrange a furniture pickup, or check to see if your nearest center offers an online donation pick-up scheduler. Most Habitat for Humanity centers accept sofas, chairs, dining room tables, dressers, bed frames, coffee tables, end tables, entertainment centers, filing cabinets and bookshelves. However, due to Covid-19 health regulations, make sure you confirm that your items qualify for donation at this time.
Goodwill is a global organization that provides individuals with job training and career assistance. And like the Salvation Army and Habitat for Humanity, Goodwill also accepts donated items, sells them, and uses the profits to fund their charitable work. They accept furniture donations, clothing donations, dishes and glassware, electronics and most vehicles. To find the Goodwill center closest to you, visit their locations page.
Goodwill recommends checking in with your local center to learn more about any changes to store hours, donation pick-up processes and more due to Covid-19. For more information on Goodwill’s response to Covid-19, visit their Covid FAQ page.
The Furniture Bank Network
With the Furniture Bank Network, your donation goes directly into the hands of needy recipients. Unlike the charities above, The Furniture Bank Network doesn’t turn your donation into cash to help those in need, rather, they find new homes for the exact items you’ve donated. For those that feel passionate about donating to the specific cause of furniture poverty or for those that want to feel a more direct connection between their specific donation and its impact, the Furniture Bank Network is the organization for you. Your item will go directly into the hands of those in need.
The Furniture Bank Network operates throughout the majority of the US states as well as in parts of Canada. To find a location near you, search their directory . Once you’ve found your closest center, check out its specific website for more details and information on how to access their services, as well any Covid-19 regulations that may be in place.
Serving much of the east coast, GreenDrop is a charity organization that supports the American Red Cross, Military Order of the Purple Heart, the National Federation of the Blind, and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Philadelphia. When you donate to GreenDrop, they sell the donations to local thrift shops and the funds go to support the above charities. GreenDrop accepts donations of clothing, shoes, blankets and bedding, as well as tools, collectibles, kitchenware, toys, small appliances, electronics, musical instruments and sporting goods. To see a detailed list of what they accept, you can view their list of acceptable items and unacceptable items. Once you’ve gathered your items for donation, you can drop them off at your closest location or visit their site to schedule a home pick-up. To see if they operate in your area, visit their Find a Location page.
GreenDrop does have covid-19 protocol in place regarding donation procedures, so make sure to read up on them here before heading to a drop-off point.
Additionally, GreenDrop offers a Home Clean-Out service, available to those who have large quantities of acceptable items they wish to donate. Preparing for a move is the perfect time to schedule a home clean out. GreenDrop makes the process simple and convenient by sending a concierge to your home to help you identify acceptable items, and then arranging for a driver to come to your home, pack up and remove your donation.
Pickup Please is run by the charity Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA), an organization that provides aid to all American veterans - regardless of age or location or time served. When you donate clothing, household goods, books, shoes, small appliances, electronics or other items from their list of acceptable items, VVA sells your donated items to private companies. The proceeds go to the local, state and national VVA programs, with the goal of providing all types of aid and assistance to American veterans. Pickup Please makes donating very simple with their free pickup service, guaranteed to be within as little as 24 hours in most locations they serve. (If you would prefer to drop-off your items, you can view a list of drop off locations on their website.) To see if Pickup Please operates in your community, and to schedule a pick-up, visit their scheduling page , or call 1-800-775-VETS (8387). Make sure to ask about any specific Covid-19 protocol or regulations that might pertain to your pick-up.
The Arc is a national charity organization that advocates and helps those with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities and their families. When you donate your household items, books, toys, electronics or clothing to the Arc, they sell those items in their thrift stores to help fund their programs. For a list of unaccepted items, see their donations page on their website.
To see if the Arc has a local chapter near you, you can visit their Find a Chapter webpage. Once you submit your location, you will be able to view a directory and the contact information for your closest center. You can then read up on how to donate, as well as any Covid-19 specific rules or regulations relating to the donation process.
During Covid-19, donating to a national charity might be more difficult than it was in the past. Many charitable thrift stores either closed down for good or are overrun with donations and running out of storage space. In such areas, it might be easier to find and contact a local charity to accept your donations. Reach out to your local church or religious institution to inquire about any local charities that are operative and in need during these times. Not only might that be simpler, but it might also be preferable for many people who wish to give back to their own community before others. Moreover, many local initiatives cropped up in the pandemic which may be more flexible with their list of acceptable donated items and pick-up conveniences.
When You’re Ready, Choose All Jersey Moving & Storage
After bidding adiós to the two-sizes-too-big wardrobe that has been gathering dust in the closet for years, or the outdated kitchenwares and sporting goods in the basement, make way to your new home. While someone is turning your leftovers into treasures, make sure your hectic move is not roughening up your precious belongings. Entrust the delicate packing, moving, and storing of your valuables into the hands of certified professionals. Give All Jersey Moving & Storage a call.
Whether it is a harrowing cross-country move or a small move close by, relocate to a new address without damaged furniture and irrecoverably broken equipment and electronics in tow. We know that whatever you’re taking with you into your new abode is selected carefully and is important to you, whether for practical, sentimental, or financial reasons. We are experts at moving your belongings professionally, efficiently, and with care. From boxing up antiques and artwork to transporting fragile items and even pianos all across the country, we are proficient in making a stress-free green move. Let us worry about the boxing and unboxing of your entire household. Be ready to plug and play your appliances in the same condition they were before the move. Start the new chapter of your life, in a new place, with good vibes, and all your belongings intact. Just sit back and relax.
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