14 Things You Should Donate Instead of Throwing Out

I'll be the first to admit that I'm attached to my things. Even if it's just junk, the memory associated makes it hard for me to let go. What if I miss it when it's gone?

Lately, however, I've been working on breaking through that mindset and getting rid of the items that I rarely use. Rather than just chucking them in the trash without thought, however, I first check to see if they're reusable. If you're interested in decluttering your space too, see what you can give away below. (And check out this list on which charities are accepting what.)

  • Books. Once you've read a book, find it a new home for someone else to enjoy.
  • Computer products. It's true: you can donate old laptops, keyboards, printers, and more.
  • Board games. You could use the space where old board games are collecting dust.
  • Clothes. If you're over the sweaters you've had since 2010, toss them in the donation pile.
  • Shoes. As long as they aren't too worn or smelly, an unwanted pair of kicks can get some more use.
  • Antiques. Some of your antiques may be treasured memorabilia; others may just be causing clutter. No need to keep the latter.
  • Jewelry. Jewelry box too full? Give a few pieces away.
  • Movies and CDs. If you've transitioned over to Netflix and Spotify, you might not want to keep old movies and CDs around.
  • Furniture. As you grow older, your taste in furniture could change. Give pieces you're no longer interested in to charity.
  • Winter gear. Gloves, mittens, and hats are fair game.
  • Kitchen appliances. Planning to upgrade your kitchen utensils? Give your older appliances more use in another home.
  • Electronics. This can include TVs, stereos, headphones, DVD players, and more.
  • Food. Canned foods that you don't plan to consume are happily accepted by charities.
  • Household appliances. Fans, microwaves, and even washers and dryers may be welcomed by organizations for the needy. Check in advance!