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Why Donating And Dumping Are Different

Why donating and dumping are very different.


Why You Should Donate And NOT Dump

Donating is a great way to benefit others, and make use of items that are still in good condition. It feels good to do good and is a nice bonus to clean out your space. Donating used items to charities is a great idea, however, there is a BIG difference between donating and dumping. 

What Items You Can Donate

When donating items, giving away overly-used items is not a great idea. Most of the time they are not able to be sold and no one wants something that is falling apart. Donating is when you package up slightly used or newer items and give them away to be used by others. As long as the items are in good condition, then the donation is able to be sold to someone else to give it a second life.

What Is Dumping?

Dumping is when you take items to donate and leave them outside of the donation facility when it is clearly closed or not accepting donations. This causes issues and also becomes an eyesore. 

During the pandemic, there were countless people organizing their homes and cleaning out pantries, closets, garages, and any space with clutter. The problem was that thrift stores were closed and unable to accept donations. This did not stop many people from dumping their old items at donation centers, causing things to pile up. 

Instead of taking items to the dump, people left their old items on the road near donation centers. This caused issues with thrift stores blowing their budgets on waste removal services. It caused quite the issue.

Donate Items In Good Condition

If you have items for donation that are in good condition, we encourage you to schedule your free pick-up. However, if you have items that are clearly in need of dumping, please dispose of them in a proper manner. You can find free or paid trash pick-up services or take your garbage to the local dump. If your items are not too large, you can also leave them by the curb depending on the trash services in your city. 

You can take items that are trash to dumps, leave them by the curb, or take them to a dump. 

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This is why it is important to differentiate between the old junk that you should take to the dump and lightly used items that someone else may want. If you are not sure what is what, you can take a look at our list of acceptable donation items here

While we do accept donation drop-offs, we also offer free donation pick-up services. When donating items to be picked up, make sure they are in good condition. 

How To Make A Tax Deductible Donation

When you donate your used items, not only is it good for your closet, and the environment, but it’s also beneficial for your taxes. According to the IRS, you are able to deduct charitable contributions made to qualified organizations. This means that donating your used items to 9pickup can get you a tax-deductible receipt. Wondering how to make a tax-deductible donation? Keep reading to learn more!  

Ready to donate some lightly used items? 

Get your donations picked up for free, and receive a tax deduction for your donated items. This year is a great time to consider donating your used items because of the increase in the value assigned to tax deductions for charitable donations to certified charities and organizations. 

Now is a good time to make a tax-deductible donation!

The deduction increased to $300 per person rather than per tax return. This means that a married couple filing jointly could deduct up to $600 of donations without having to itemize. This makes it much easier and much more beneficial.

As long as your items are in fairly new/good condition you are able to deduct their market value on your tax return. That way, you also benefit from donating items making the entire process a win-win.

Make sure before you donate that the items are in good condition before scheduling your pickup. We are not able to accept items in poor condition. Check here for a list of our acceptable items. 

Easy donation pick-ups!

While terms like IRS and tax-deductible can seem confusing, and induce stress, there is no need to worry. 9Pickup comes to you and picks up your donations for free. We also write you a tax-deductible receipt for your donations. This makes the process as simple as possible for those looking to donate. Giving back shouldn’t be complicated, which is why we tried to simplify the process as much as we could. 

What items are considered tax deductible donations?

  • Clothing
  • Kitchen items
  • Bedroom furniture
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Shoes
  • Toys
  • Books, and more.

If you are interested in donating your used items to 9pickup , contact us and schedule your free pickup today!

Why You Should Donate Your Children’s Clothes

We have talked about the importance of cleaning out your own closet, but what about your child’s closet?  You should donate old children’s clothes, especially if they no longer serve a purpose. It is arguably even more important to go through your child’s closet than your own, and here’s why!

6 Reasons Why You Should Donate Your Children’s Clothes

Your kids outgrow things quickly.

This is no shock to you, but it does give you another reason to get rid of old clothes. If your child has recently gone through a growth spurt and no longer fits into their clothes, it is time to purge their closet. There is no point in keeping old items and it will only end up looking cluttered and messy. 

Your child may not wear or use everything in their closet. 

Remember that bright pink dress you bought for your daughter in hopes that she would wear it? Yeah, so do we, but the reality is that she will probably never end up wearing that thing without a fight. They may no longer use some of their old toys or shoes, either. Figure out what is important to keep and donate the rest. 

Your kid’s clothes can get ruined pretty quickly. 

Kids will be kids. They will play outside, make messes, and ruin their clothes. This is perfectly fine and just a part of growing up, however, you should know when it is time to clean out their closet and give or throw away old items. There is no point in keeping a shirt that has stains on it. If it is too dirty, then throw it away, but if it is only slightly worn and not in brand-new condition, consider donating it for someone else to use. 

Organization is not just for adults.

Living in a cluttered mess can stress us out. The same is true for children. Opening a closet and not being able to find what they need in the morning in order to get dressed by themselves is extremely frustrating. The same goes for their toys. This is why you should clean out your kid’s closet and remove anything that gets in the way of them having an organized space.

It helps you know where to find things.

Looking to pack a bag for your next family vacation but having a hard time finding your son or daughter’s bathing suit? This just gives you more motive to want to tackle your child’s overly-fully closet space. 

Not sure how to get started?

The Nourishing minimalist has a wonderful blog post about how to get started organizing your child’s closet. They suggest removing everything from the closet to start and then sorting items into 3 bags or boxes: Trash, donate, keep.

Ready to clean out your kid’s closet?

Schedule a donation pickup today to seal the deal.