There are many reasons people struggle to declutter their homes. Lack of time, overwhelm, and not knowing where or how to start are among the top reasons.
Often clients mention they stress over where to donate their belongings, so much so that they end up postponing the decluttering project. Parting with one's items can be difficult, but knowing that they will go to a good cause can help make letting go a little easier.
Here are a few organizations around the Rochester, NY area that accept donations. Please call or visit their website before donating items, since guidelines are subject to change.
Asbury Storehouse, Rochester NY - Accepting clothing, home goods, kitchenware, linens, children's books, games, and toys. No furniture. Drop off only.
A Second Thought, Rochester NY - Accepting gently used, clean clothing, books, DVDs, CDs, magazines, shoes, purses, jewelry, housewares, home décor, toys, complete puzzles and games, furniture, vintage or collectible items, kitchen supplies, craft supplies or unused greeting cards, party supplies, and gift bags.
Crafts Bits and Pieces, Fairport NY - Accepting all usable craft items, fabrics, yarns and supplies, seasonal decorations, and items for sewing and quilting. Check donations station hours for drop-off times.
Dress for Success, Rochester NY - Accepting gently used, nearly-new professional attire for women entering the workforce. Donations are accepted by appointment only.
Goodwill - 10 locations throughout the Rochester NY area. Check the website for a location near you. - Accepting clothing, household goods, toys, electronics, books, furniture.
Rochester Habitat for Humanity Restore - Accepting appliances, kitchen cabinets, doors, new flooring, furniture, lighting, plumbing, windows, and more. Call to schedule pick-up of donations.
Rochester Public Libraries - Accepting books, CDs, and DVDs. Check with your local branch, as some accept donations by appointment only.
Saints Place, Pittsford NY - Accepting clothing, furniture, school supplies, and household goods to help newly arriving refugees in Rochester. They will pick up large items within a 10-mile radius.
Salvation Army, Rochester NY - Accepting clothing, household goods, furniture, and cars. Check the website for locations near you.
Savers, Webster NY - Accepting clothing, household goods, electronics, games, sporting goods, small furniture, and small appliances.
Thrift Tool Shop, Fairport NY - Accepting all tools (even if they don't work), hardware (screws, nails, drawer hardware, etc.), brass, copper, or wire scrap.
An additional wonderful resource is the Rochester Community Wishbook. Just click on a category for a list of agencies that have requested items in that category.
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