Donated items should always be something that the giver would want to keep if they could. A good rule to remember about making donations is to never give something that never meant anything to you. With this in mind, you will always give away something that someone else can take pride in. Most resale stores are also non profit organizations. There are a large number of non profit organizations that use the proceeds to help benefit those in need. Some donations that are made are useless, ridiculous, and disgusting. These things must be thrown away by the receiving organization. This is what you want to avoid. Always donate useful items that you are sure others will love to have. There are some definite things to do and not to do when deciding to make a donation of items instead of monetary.
- Go through the clothes carefully. You want the items that you donate to be in near perfect condition. Check clothes for tears and rips, for stains that can not be washed out, and that the clothes are clean. Dry cleaning may not be necessary, but washable items should be freshly washed.
- Many charitable organizations do not have ample room for storing clothing that are not in season, so be sure that you donate seasonal items. Separate your donations by seasons before taking them to a drop off location. It will make it easier for the organizations to have the room they need to display or store these items.
- Always check the pockets on coats and pants to ensure that nothing has been left in them.
- Fold the items neatly, and place them in a bag or a box for delivery. Try to make the clothes as appealing as possible. This is much easier when there are not a lot of wrinkles in them. Remember how you like the appearance of new items at your favorite store. These items are new to the people receiving them.
- When donating things like books or CDs, go through them to make sure that the books are not torn, and the CDs are not broken. Also make sure that any shoes or boots that you are donating are not all scuffed or run over. Remember, you would keep these items if you had the room for them, or had not outgrown the need for them.
Just as there are certain things to keep in mind for doing before donating, there are also things that should not be done when donating. As stated earlier, you do not want to give something that is not useful to you or someone else. Keep in mind some of the things that you should not do when donating to a charitable organization.
- Do not donate small appliances that do not work. That was the reason that you bought new ones. These items should be properly trashed and not donated. This includes broken off/on switches, frayed cords, or heating elements that do not heat up.
- Do not donate items like used underwear, any types of weapons, or paints, solvents, or any types of chemicals.
- Large appliances like refrigerators, stoves, and washer/dryers are not typically accepted for donations at many charitable organizations, but there are some exceptions. Be sure to check with the intended organization about these large items.
- Do not donate bedding items like beds, mattresses, or box springs. Due to the recent threats of bed bug infections it is best to dispose of these items separately.
- Many charities have websites that will explain how they want the donations to be made. Do not ignore their requests for the way they want the donations made. They will often specify if they want you to use a box or plastic bag, and where their drop off spot is located.
When people go through their closets to clear out much of what is cluttering it, they usually find that many of the items that are not being used still have some value to them. These are the types of things that you want to donate to someone. You realize that if you had ample room, you would keep them. Going through the give away process can be sentimental, and many people end up keeping more than they intended. Being a person that donates to worthy causes can have its rewards. It will make you feel that you are doing something to help your fellow man, and those who are less fortunate. Be very mindful of the do’s and don’ts of donating to ensure that you do not take items to a donation center only to have to bring it back home. Don’t keep the clutter, give it away.