How to donate easily and for a cause

Do you ever sit at home while cleaning and organizing and wish that when it was all done you had an easy way to donate your things?

Does the thought of shuffling bags of clothes, furniture, knick knacks and other unneeded items to a donation center make you cringe?

Have you ever decided to NOT organize just because you don’t want to deal with the things you need to get rid of from your space?

Here are a few easy ways to donate without the mess or the stress.

Find non-profit, charitable organizations that will pick up your stuff.  Living in Northern Virginia, there are many organizations that provide this service.  One of my favorite of these is the LUPUS Foundation of America who is devoted to solving the mystery of lupus, one of the world’s cruelest, most unpredictable, and devastating diseases, while giving caring support to those who suffer from its brutal impact.  Using this service, I know the things I donate are going directly to a cause worth fighting and they offer easy ways to set up a pick-up, online.  You simply leave your things on your front door step, labeled with LUPUS, and they will arrive, pick-up, and leave a receipt.  You do not need to be home to have it whisked away!  Learn more HERE.

Some other organizations that are reliable and fighting to support those most in need are:

Green Drop Donation – GreenDrop has been selected by the American Red Cross, the Military Order of the Purple Heart, the National Federation of the Blind and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Philadelphia, to raise funds through the generation and collection of donated clothing and household items. Donated items are converted into critical dollars for these organizations, to assist them in upholding their mission and programs for supporting American veterans, the nation’s blind and neighbors in need throughout Philadelphia.  Tax-deductible donations of clothing and household items collected by GreenDrop on behalf of the American Red Cross, Military Order of the Purple Heart, the National Federation of the Blind and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Philadelphia, are sold by the charities to thrift stores such as 2nd Avenue and Village Thrift. In 2015, charity proceeds from the sale of the donated goods to the thrift stores exceeded $2.5 million – supporting charitable programs locally and nationwide.

They will pick-up at your doorstep.  Learn more HERE.

Goodwill Industries International – Along with their donation centers around the world, Goodwill offers pick-up services at some (not all) of their local centers (you will need to call to see if it is offered in your area and to schedule a pick-up).  Goodwill of Northern Virginia does provide the service and I have used it in the past.

Have you ever wondered if your things actually get anywhere when you leave them in the donation bins that seem to appear in every parking lot?  Check out this infographic below!  I love that Goodwill provides this for us.

To donate, learn more HERE.

If you feel overwhelmed with the thought of beginning this process, Joyful Living Spaces is here to help you!  We can organize and help remove your unwanted items through donation!  Let us be part of bringing simplicity and joy back to your life. or joyfullivingspaces(@)




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