Declutter for a Cause


Whether it’s the weather that’s got you in a cleaning and decluttering mood or the fact that you’re moving out after graduation, it’s a natural time of year to shift gears and get things done at home. And this go around, instead of just tossing all your unwanted items to the curb, consider donating your gently used goods to local Gainesville organizations who will pass them on to those in need.

When I’m clearing out the clutter, I try to make three piles of items: things to put away, things to trash, things to donate. This will help you keep track, room by room, of where everything needs to go. While you’re sorting, keep these organizations and groups in mind for potential donations.

Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore

The ReStore accepts donations of most household goods – appliances, furniture, decorative objects, books, cd’s, and tools. Proceeds from the ReStore’s sales go toward helping Gainesville families in need acquire a home of their own.

2317 SW 13th Street Gainesville, FL 32608

(352) 373-5728

Alachua County Tools for Schools

Tools for Schools is a program which helps provide area school teachers with the supplies their students need and may not be able to afford. You can donate office supplies of almost any kind, paper, math and science tools, and so forth. Check the website linked above for a complete list of suggested donations. The Tools for Schools center is open on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1:30-5:30 pm throughout the school year.

1147 SE 7th Ave

Gainesville, FL 32641

(352) 374-5213

Humane Society Thrift Store

The Humane Society’s thrift store collects used household items as well to benefit their shelters for animals. Most of the types of items you would be cleaning out of your apartment would be accepted there, like books, clothes, furniture, etc. However check the donations list on the website above to see some of the items not accepted at this particular store.

4205 NW 6th St.

Gainesville, FL 32609

(352) 373-9522


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