So far, my home resolutions for 2020 have included decluttering paper and updating lighting to combat the winter gloom. This week’s is getting rid of clothing, tech and household items you no longer need.
Maybe you already fully Marie Kondo’d your home, but if you’re like me, you kinda, sorta only half-Kondo’d. Bags of clothes sit in the closet, a computer monitor collects dust, containers of containers sit in the basement. You keep planning to take them somewhere tomorrow, or tomorrow or tomorrow. Well, today’s the day. And here are some spots that could put your retired goods to great use!
CLOTHING | Rosehaven.org is “a day shelter and community center serving women, children and gender non-conforming folks experiencing trauma, poverty, and physical and mental health challenges.
“There are certain things we can’t get enough of, such as luggage, sleeping bags, plus-sized clothing, work attire ( including special shoes for restaurants/construction), jeans and leggings, so call us if you have something you think could be helpful or if you have any questions. If you would like to make an appointment email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 503-248-6364 x-303. Most of our guests are in extreme need and will wear what they receive out the door, so make sure it is clean and ready to wear outside today.”
TECH | FreeGeek “accepts nearly everything that plugs in or uses electricity, including smartphones, tablets, e-readers, video systems, and much more.” But also familiarize yourself with what they don’t accept before prepping a carload!
Donations are accepted Tues-Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 1731 SE 10th Avenue Portland, OR 97214
OTHER | Human Solutions “counters the forces that keep people and communities in poverty by building relationships and assets that create opportunity – today and for future generations.”
CURRENTLY OUT OF – PLEASE PRIORITIZE: Socks, Shampoo, Hairbrushes, Deodorant, Soap, Lotion, Sanitary Pads, Warm Blankets, Kitchen Goods (rice, pasta, soup, beans, frozen entrees and meat)
GENERALLY MOST NEEDED: Spices (of all types), Diapers (especially sizes 5 & 6) and Pull-Ups, Non-Expired Pantry Food Items (rice, pasta, soup, beans, etc.), Baby Wipes, Food-Grade Storage (Cambros, etc.), XL Storage Bins & Shelving, Blankets and Bedding (Sheets, Pillows, Towels, etc.)
ALWAYS WELCOME: Baby Formula, Deodorant, Body Wash, Tooth Brushes & Toothpaste, Pull Ups, Ziplock Bags, Ear Plugs, New Socks & Underwear (all genders, all sizes)
To donate to Human Solutions, contact (503) 548-0200 to find the most current drop-off locale as they are relocating.
Remember, it’s easier to get rid of something if you know it’ll be put to good use. Declutter your home today and pay it forward!