Donating furniture is a great way to give back to your community and help those in need. Whether you are downsizing, renovating, or simply looking to get rid of furniture that you no longer need, donating it can make a big difference in someone’s life. However, there are a few important things to keep in mind when donating furniture to ensure that your donation is useful and appreciated. Here are some tips to consider when donating furniture.
Clean and Prep the Furniture for Donation
Before donating furniture, be sure to clean it and prepare it for donation. This means removing any personal items or debris from the furniture. Check all the drawers on desks and chests, and toss out any trash before it’s donated. You can also clean the furniture with a mild cleaner. Want to make the furniture pickup easier? Disassemble what you can to streamline transportation and storage!
Find a Reputable Organization to Donate To
When donating furniture (and any other donation), find a reputable organization to donate to. Look for organizations that are transparent about how they use donations. Check to see which other organizations donating groups benefit. 9Pickup, for example, directly helps Networking to Help Children. Note that an organization’s association doesn’t mean that the furniture is limited to recipients. For instance, 9Pickup takes all furniture — not just children’s furniture. Some organizations like 9Pickup may even offer pick-up services for larger furniture items, which can be helpful if you don’t have a way to transport the furniture yourself!
Consider the Needs of the Organization and Recipients
Different organizations have different needs when it comes to furniture donations. Be sure to research the needs of the organization you plan to donate to and choose furniture that will be useful to their clients. At 9Pickup, we have a list of acceptable items we can take that you can check out here!
Consider the Logistics of a Donation
Finally, think about the logistics of donating furniture. If you’re not using a pickup service like 9Pickup, make sure you’ve got transportation handled and the “muscle” needed to get your furniture where it needs to go. If you are using 9Pickup, schedule your pickup with us here! We offer a 4 hour timeframe for our donors, and our drivers will call you 30-60 minutes before arrival to confirm you’re good with the pickup.
Donating furniture is a great way to give back to your community and help those in need. By keeping these tips in mind, you can ensure that your donation is useful and appreciated by the organization and its clients. So, take a look around your home and see what furniture you can donate today!