Spring Cleaning with a Purpose

Your ultimate guide to decluttering and donating: What and where you can donate in the Metro Atlanta area
donating

If you’re not used to a good ole’ spring cleaning, you might not know that you can donate just about anything! If you know where to go, that is. And with the weather and Coronavirus still keeping us indoors, it’s the perfect time to declutter the home.

From clothing and books to washers and dryers, this guide will show you how and where your used items can be donated to help your community best.

•Furniture:

Furniture Bank of Metro Atlanta: This organization will recycle gently-used furniture by giving it to individuals and and families moving out of homelessness, fleeing domestic violence, and others who are struggling to make ends meet.

Movers N Shakers: They partner with The Drake House, an emergency residential program for women affected by domestic violence, and also offers gently-used furniture to families coming out of homelessness.

• Kids toys and clothing: 

Foster Care Support Foundation: This is the only organization in the state that provides free clothing and equipment for Georgia’s foster children. Located in Roswell.

Enchanted Closet and Becca’s Closet: Both are great places to donate formal dresses to be used as prom dresses.

• Men’s Clothing: 

Midtown Assistance Center: A non-profit whose mission is to prevent homelessness and hunger by providing emergency assistance to low-income working Atlantans.

• Women’s Clothing:

Hope: This organization helps victims of domestic violence, and they will pick up clothing and household goods from your doorstep.

Dress For Success: A non-profit organization that provides business attire and career development for low-income women transitioning into the workforce in metro Atlanta.

The Bargainata Thrift Boutique and the NCJW, National Council of Jewish Women: Proceeds from the Bargainata Thrift Boutique benefit NCJW Atlanta, as well as other programs and community service projects.

The Drake House: Clothing donations will be sold in boutique stores where sales support The Drake House, the only agency in the area offering an emergency residential program with private housing.

• Books:

International Book Project: This organization will take books in excellent condition, to be used for literary programs around the world.

Books for Heroes: This organization donates books to the troops

Contact your local library! They often have programs to donate gently-used books.

• Home Decor/Fixtures/Appliances/Etc:

Home Resource Center: They will pick up washer/dryers, all large appliances, and small household items as well, free of charge. (They won’t pick up mattresses, clothing, or gas appliances)

ReStore (Habitat for Humanity): ReStore sells new and gently used furniture, home accessories, building materials, and appliances at a fraction of retail prices. Proceeds go to Atlanta Habitat for Humanity.

Refugee Women’s Network: They accept furniture, bedding, kitchen, bath, and any other household items, and they work to help new refugees from all over the world who are resettling in Atlanta.

• Have clothing too damaged to use?
If you have clothing that you know is too damaged to donate, you can still skip the landfill! Here’s some ways you can repurpose old clothing:

Use them as cleaning cloths, dust rags, etc: Wipe the mess, throw it in the laundry, and repeat. No more wasting paper towels on a single little spill!

For the crafters: 

Make a shirt quilt out of beloved old shirts

Turn old fabric into scrunchies

Create a braided fabric rug for your home, or to donate to local animal shelters! Easy No-Sew Rag Rug: (11 min video)