One of the easiest ways to let go of things is to give them to someone or place that will benefit from your donation. This is especially true for belongings that otherwise would prove difficult to part with. Knowing that your belongings will make a difference and be appreciated is a comfortable way to rid yourself of guilt and hesitancy and instead celebrate and honour the items that no longer spark joy for you.
Below are some suggestions of places to consider donating your unwanted items:
School/Preschools: Teachers are some of the best innovators! It is amazing what they can do with regular household supplies for crafting and creative play.
- Mismatched socks (puppets, bean bags, etc)
- Crafting supplies (including odds and ends like buttons)
- Sheets (Picnic blankets, forts, puppet theatres)
- Boxes, bins, baskets (Storage, make-believe play)
Hospitals: While likely more particular on what is accepted, hospitals will often be happy to receive the following:
- (Basic) Stationary supplies (Nurses stations love pens, sticky notepads, etc)
- Simple craft supplies (tip: put together kits of a few items to create craft projects for sick children)
- Small, new toys
- Vases (People receiving flowers during their stay would greatly appreciate one)
- Baby sleepers/clothes (not all hospitals accept these, suggestion is to call ahead)
Shelters: Some of our community's more vulnerable residents would be so happy to receive your gently used items.
- Clothing (including children's)
- Unused toiletries (or minimally used products like perfume)
- Unwanted gift cards
- Home decor (lamps, wall hangings, curtains, furniture)
- Home supplies (Cleaning products, flashlights, batteries, tools, kitchen equipment)
Community Centres: Basic supplies are always in need, especially given that a lot of centres run on donation.
- Cleaning supplies
- Reusable bags
- Recreational games/equipment
- Kitchen supplies
People Starting Out: Running an ad, checking your local buy/sell or inquiring through community services/shelters will help you to connect with someone local who could use some items for starting out/over on their own.
- Home decor
- Cleaning supplies
- Baby supplies
- Children's items