Do yourself a favor and good for the community.
The downsizing derby never really ends, but there can always be a big win-win when you donate to nonprofit organizations. How to start? Clean out your closet and you’ll probably fill a bag. Thin out your library and let go of the books you’ve read. Used books are usually welcome at local library branches where they can be sold with profits benefitting the branch.
How about invading your kitchen cupboards? Do you really need 6 platters when 3 will do? Trim down your mug inventory – too many already! Mismatched dishes, cups, and saucers? Fill a box. We’re often surprised at how much “stuff” creeps into our homes, so anytime is a great time to slim down and help others by donating.
Many larger nonprofits offer free pickup of items, but often it’s just easier to take a bag or two to the charity’s location yourself. (For details, check local websites.) If you look beyond the big charities, you’ll find alternative organizations that specialize in what you’ve got to donate and who benefits.
The American Red Cross has a donation site on Grand Avenue. The DAV Thrift Store benefits veterans and is located on East University Avenue. Love animals? The Animal Lifeline Thrift Store is on SW 9th Street. Also, people needing clothes for employment interviews and their jobs appreciate the selection and help they receive at Dress For Success in Urbandale.
Larger items like furniture, lamps, coffee pots, bedding, pots and pans and small appliances are welcomed at The FreeStore on 24th Street in West Des Moines. These items help victims of domestic violence and their families. A quick search online for “places to donate items in Des Moines” will point the way.
Organizations routinely ask that the items, particularly soft goods (like clothes, blankets, etc.), be clean and gently used. Make sure your items are dusted, wiped, and ready to be offered. The secret to good downsizing is to stay right-sized. Take a look around your home and see what your closets would be glad to get rid of.