Did you want to donate something but don't have the time or energy to find a place? You are not alone! Many people don't give because they don't have the time or the energy to find the right place to donate a particular item. To inspire you to get rid of that unused stuff, I wanted to share how to make your very own Charitable Locations List.
A charitable location list helps remind you of where you may have donated items in the past. This is also great for retirees who forget which donation places are near them. It also helps parents who do not have the time to spend looking for charities every time they need something donated. This list will be specifically for you. But, to create it, you will need to do a few things first.
How to create a customized charitable list?
First, gather all the information below. Answer these questions.
- What causes do you love to support? Check online for those causes near you and find out if they accept specific items. Write the location and the items they need on a piece of paper.
- Where have you donated in the past? Are they still around? Donation locations (especially the newer ones) may close down after a few years, so make sure they are still around.
- Then ask other people where they donate their stuff in the area. You may find that there are places you didn't even know about. So ask as many people as possible. Then, write down those locations.
- Do the places you listed have a website? Their website gives you a lot of information and will help you save time needlessly going to a place to find out they no longer take that particular item.
Now, decide what items you want to donate to these Charitable Locations.
You do not need to bring all the articles to one place. Find a charity close to you and see what you can give them to help. It could be office supplies for their office, furniture for their waiting room, anything is possible. All you need to do is ask them or check their website and see what they are looking for.
Some charities take a variety of items. Others may only need certain ones. A kennel may only need blankets and newspapers, where the nearest women's shelter will need baby supplies and women's clothing.
Now, it's time to make your customized charitable locations list! Here is the layout to start.
- Start with the items you want to donate and may donate often. Write them down on a piece of paper. List as many locations as possible to help you cover all the different areas of the home.
- Second, write down the locations you would donate those particular items.
- Then, find the website and find their actual address, phone number, email. Make a note of this information on your list.
- While on the website, look for their hours, if they pick up or if you have to deliver the items.
- Then when you are ready, purchase some small colored circle dots in various colors. Assign each dot color to the different locations. And go around your home and place dots on each item you want to donate to the particular charities.
|Items to Donate||Where to Donate||Address||Phone number or email/website||Donation Hours Pickup or Delivery||Color of Dots|
|Enter the general type of items to donate here, like Toys.||Enter the name on where to this item here, like Goodwill.||Enter their address here||Enter their phone number or email/website here||Enter their hours and if they pick up or deliver here||Enter the color that relates to this donation site, use red stickers.|
Below are the dots I am talking about above, you can purchase them through Amazon.
You can add the corresponding colored dot to your charitable location list as well.
This list can be created in a spreadsheet online to share with family members, or you can have a physical paper list like this one below. Feel free to print the image below out to use in your home. It is up to you where you want to place this list.
Tip: Hang the list in your kitchen or garage to remind you to donate. Store the dots in a safe place to use in the future.
By taking the time to make up your very own customized charity list, you will not only be reminding yourself that you can get rid of things in your home. You are also helping others regularly with minimal delays in donating. I hope this inspires you to go through the cluttered areas in your home and clean out some items to donate to these worthy charitable places.
What do you donate most from your home? I would love to hear from you. Feel free to leave a comment below. Please share this post to help motivate others to do the same thing.
Looking for locations in the U.S., check out our curated list of charitable places.
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