Removing unwanted junk and clutter from your house is a great way to create more space and help you feel more relaxed in your home. It’s easy to fall into the trap of throwing your old items into a junk room and forgetting about it – out of sight, out of mind. Until, however, all of these unwanted items begin to accumulate and you have a big mess on your hands.

This is when a good cleaning day is in order. But you don’t have to throw everything in the garbage. If the pieces are still usable, why not donate to charity and help someone out? One person’s junk is another person’s treasure. As cliché as this sounds a lot of families are grossly lacking in basic household supplies because they are not able to afford them. Your discarded items could make a big difference in their lives, instead of being dumped in landfills.

Donating your unwanted items is an easy way to make a big difference. Here are some tips to help you get started:

Where should I donate?

There are a wide variety of organizations that accept donated goods, including the Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, the Canadian Diabetes Association, The Ottawa Mission and The Ottawa Neighbourhood Service. These are just a few of the local groups that would gladly accept lightly used, discarded items and give them to the less fortunate in your community.

How should I donate?

Many charity groups have drop-off points or some even offer home pick-ups for larger items like furniture. However, you must be aware that home pick-up options offered by charities are often not guaranteed within specific time frames, and they may not end up being able to take everything you want to get rid of, due to restrictions in their mandate and programming.

Make donating your items easier by scheduling a pick-up with a junk removal company like Capital Junk. We pick up almost anything, with no additional fees – and you don’t even have to bring it to the curb! We will schedule a pick-up time (and stick to it) and bring the items out from your basement, upper levels, etc. We will drop your items off at the most appropriate charities to ensure as many items as possible are offered up for good use to someone in need in your community.

What items can I donate?

Charities are looking for lightly used items – if something is damaged past cleaning and repair, this is not a good item for donation. While different charity groups have specific rules for what they accept, here are a few of the general items most charities will be happy to receive:

• Lightly used clothing like shirts, blouses, sweaters and knitwear, and shoes.
• Furniture like dressers, small appliances, cabinets, tables, chairs or shelves.
• Working fixtures like lamps and light bulbs and other simple electronic devices.
• Kitchen utensils like pots, pans, flatware and dishes, serving bowls and glassware.
• Fabric items like towels, linens, bedding, curtains and blankets.
• Children’s toys and products, like strollers, cribs, etc.

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