Few things make Houston home organization and decluttering easier than knowing your household items, clothes, and shoes will leave your home but go somewhere they can be of use to someone else.

Donating really is a beautiful pursuit; it helps other people while freeing you of stuff that is cluttering up your home and stealing some of your joy.

But where should you donate things? Clothes, furniture and appliances are easy, they can go to the local thrift store or Salvation Army branch. But some items harder to donate than others, or may offer more to those in need if you donate them somewhere else.

In this post we’ll discuss some of those things, and share with you some great places to donate them where they will do the most good:

Books

Books that are beloved to us are still common, even in the age of Kindle. Those don’t have to be donated. In fact, I encourage you to keep them, display them and enjoy them. Books can make lovely home decor items as well as provide great exercise for the mind and an escape from the world.

But many of us have stacks and boxes of books we don’t need, especially if there are kids in the home. These books are the ones to donate. You’ll find that knowing they will go to a good home for someone else to enjoy will make donating books much easier for you

Places to Donate Books

Operation Paperback donates books to troops overseas.

Access Books collects children’s books for underprivileged kids

Your local library will be glad to take your books.

Before You Donate

Check the pages of books for personal notes or any identifying information you may have once used as a bookmark (like a bill).

Cell Phones

Because technology changes so quickly, most of us don’t use the same cell phone for more than a few years. However, we also often find that when we do upgrade our old phones are too outdated to be worth trading in. However, even if they are outdated, you can donate them and doing so will really help someone.

Places to Donate Cell Phones

ARC – They will pass your donated phone on to someone with special needs

American Cell Phone Drive – An environmental group that keeps used phones out of landfills and gives them a new life, often abroad.

Cell Phones for Soldiers – Some soldiers can’t afford a phone to stay in touch with loved ones. Yours could be the best gift they get all year.

Before You Donate

Clear out your contacts and, if it’s a smartphone, ensure you wipe the memory clean.

Linens

Old and unused linens hanging around are a staple in most homes. The best place to donate used linens is animal shelters. Shelters use your linens for bed lining and to bathe animals. You may not want to use them anymore but homeless pups and kitties will be very grateful for them, as will the wonderful people who take care of them.

You’ll find a list of shelters in the Greater Houston area here.

Computers

Some people need to buy computers every year (the “early adopters”), and some people like to rehab old computers. Either way, there are a lot of old computers floating around out there that are still in usable condition.

Places to Donate Computers

Your local school system.

Your local library.

Before You Donate

Wipe the hard drive, removing any identifying or personal information. Do not count on anyone else to do this for you (i.e., the person taking your donation).

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Just Organized by Taya, led by RESA Certified Home Stager and Professional Organizer Taya Wright, offers home staging and home and life organization services, in addition to interior styling services to residents across the Greater Houston area.
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