5 Lazy Person-Approved Ways to Declutter Your Space

published Sep 9, 2018
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With a move on the horizon, chances are you have a massive closet clean out on your schedule or the vision of redecorating your living room (and finally discarding that sofa from college) is in your head. But when moving day gets closer (and you realize how much stuff you really have), all you want to do is lie down. Well, there are actually easy ways to make sure your discarded items and furniture go to worthy causes—and in many cases, you don’t even have to take off your slippers! These five organizations make it really easy to donate—in most cases, they’ll come right to your door! (And if they don’t, they’ll be really close by to collect your items). Find the organization that fits your decluttering needs and speaks to a cause you care about, then, get to work packing your donation box!

Salvation Army will pick up almost anything from your house or apartment. Visit their site and enter your zip code to see exactly what services are available, but chances are, they’ll pick up your furniture, clothing, books, large appliances, or simply packed boxes of miscellaneous items you want to donate.

ThredUp makes it incredibly easy to recycle your old clothing and make money. Simply pack one of their extra-large, pre-labeled “Cleanout Kits” and ship it back to their headquarters for free. They’ll sort through your clothing, shoes, and accessories and decide if any are sellable. Whatever they don’t take can be returned to you or donated to one of their charity partners. If you don’t have clothing that would be sellable, you can still pack up a bag and send it to them, and note that you want your clothing donated instead.

Habitat for Humanity is looking to stock their ReStores with gently used furniture, appliances, or other home improvement items. Not only do they accept typical furniture—like sofas, chairs, and end tables—but if you’re renovating your home, Habitat for Humanity will pick up many other home fixtures you would otherwise throw away. This includes sinks, bathtubs, cabinets, doors, and dishwashers. If the appliances are in good condition, they can be used for a Habitat home.

Purple Heart is a charity organization that benefits members of the military who were awarded the Purple Heart Medal for combat wounds. They use the organization GreenDrop to pick up toys, electronics, appliances, clothing, sport equipment, and kitchenware from your home. The donations are then sold to thrift shops in order to raise funds for military families.

Before you toss your worn professional clothing, see if there’s a Dress for Success site near you. Since 1997, Dress for Success “empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.” Dress for Success accepts professional blouses and pants, briefcases, suits, and other clothing suitable for interviews. See the full list here.