Giving new life to your old items
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We all have stuff sitting around the house that we no longer need. While it can be easy to toss most of it in the trash, you should seriously consider donating it instead—even these surprising things you didn’t know you could donate. “Donating and recycling in today’s world is crucial for the future of our planet,” explains Los Angeles–based professional organizer Jon Siegel. “The contributions individuals and local communities can make are important in the difference they can make in our nation and the world.” In addition to helping the environment, passing along certain items can make a real difference to people in need, as well. However, it can be difficult to figure out where exactly to donate your old stuff. That’s why we compiled this comprehensive list of where to donate everything from cars and clarinets to crayons and cardboard boxes.
Donate building materials and furniture to: Habitat ReStore
Habitat ReStore resale outlets sell everything from reusable and surplus building materials to furniture—all of which they receive via donated goods. “While every ReStore is a little different, most focus on home-improvement goods like furniture, home accessories, building materials, and appliances,” Siegel explains. The goods are then sold to the general public at a fraction of the retail price. But here’s the best part: The proceeds help local Habitat affiliates fund the construction of Habitat for Humanity homes within their communities. So, is there anything you shouldn’t give to someone else? Here’s a list of items you should think twice about donating.