We all have stuff lying around that we’ve outgrown. It’s the clutter that fills up our closets and storage spaces. It’s conveniently tucked out of sight, so we don’t have to think about it. But when you move to a new home, this clutter becomes dead weight. It’s labor-intensive to move and can run your moving bill up. So, the best way to save time and money on a big move is to get rid of as much stuff as you can before the big day comes. 

We asked our favorite Chicagoland long-distance movers for some tips on what to do with the items you no longer need. Check out these great recommendations for charities that could really use your stuff.

AMVETS – Support for American Military Veterans

If patriotic duty is near and dear to your heart, consider donating your unwanted items to your local AMVETS. The service organization is dedicated to supporting the needs and interests of those who have served our country. They advocate for legislation, facilitate access to healthcare services, provide scholarships, and much more. AMVETS thrift stores will take most good quality merchandise and resell it in their community thrift shops at a bargain price to support their programs.

Consider donating:

  • Clothing
  • Household Goods
  • Toys
  • Furniture

The Salvation Army – Christian Charity Serving Needy Families

The Salvation Army is one of the oldest and most widely recognized charities. They offer dozens of programs that fight the root causes of poverty and support community needs. The Salvation Army ministries serve adults struggling with addiction, veterans, the incarcerated, the elderly, victims of human trafficking, families living in poverty, and much more. For one charity with the broadest reach, The Salvation Army does a lot of good. Among their programs is an extensive network of community thrift shops that accept donations of good condition clothing, furniture, housewares, and even automobiles. The proceeds from The Salvation Army thrift shops go exclusively to support adult rehabilitation programs. 

Habitat for Humanity

If you’re passionate about ending homelessness, this charity relies on donations, thrift store sales, and volunteer labor to build homes for families in need. When you donate your unwanted furniture and housewares, Habitat ReStores sells your items to shoppers within the community.  That money goes directly to support building projects that put a roof over someone’s head. 

Pickens Kane is a well-established Chicagoland moving and storage company. Founded in 1914, they have more than 100 years of experience in office relocation, executive relocation, domestic, and international relocation, and more. Pickens Kane is a valued member of the Allied Van Lines network, giving them access to move you wherever you need to go. They provide some of the best residential movers in Chicago. Call today to begin planning your next move and get more great tips to start preparing.