It all happened when we got new appliances for our kitchen. Never had I been more excited for a refrigerator, stove and dishwasher. The day our kitchen appliances were delivered, I eagerly ran home from work to check out my new beauties.
Then it happened. Yep, it’s official.
I became an adult who finds pure joy from grown-up items like appliances.
Becoming an adult developed another important change in me: I also had to find a way to donate my old appliances! Because these items are often bulky and hard to move, it’s useful to find a charity that is willing to pick them up. Obviously that way, you don’t need to rent a truck and move these large items yourself.
So with that in mind, here are some options to get your old appliances into a good home.
Option 1: Zealous Good
For my own donations, I ended up using the website Zealous Good (which is based here in Chicago). This site matches you up with local charities that are in need of the specific items you’re looking to dispose of.
Here’s how it works: you simply fill out a form with information about your items, take a few pictures, and wait for responses from interested charities. It’s really a genius concept! We ended up donating our appliances to a local Chicago youth program that was not only incredibly grateful for the appliances, but they even came and picked them up from our house. It was pretty simple.
Option 2: Donation Town
This is another website that is similar to Zealous Good, helping donors and charities connect. Donation Town is based in a variety of states, and you can enter your items and see if a local charity is willing to come pick it up. Another great option to give your old appliances a new life, plus we love that it’s available in so many places across the country. It’s worth scanning your area to see if they’re available.
Option 3: Contact Local Charities Directly
Habitat for Humanity is often in need of used appliance donations to help furnish the many homes they are building across the country. Contact your local Habitat for Humanity office, or call one of their stores to schedule a pickup or drop-off. It’s an amazing cause.
Salvation Army and Goodwill often accept large appliances, and some will also come pick the items up directly if you call your local store. Be sure to also contact any local women’s or homeless shelters to see if they’re in need of kitchen items. You can really make a big impact at some of these organizations with your generosity. It’s one of the biggest ways you can directly make an impact on your community.
You know what? Giving my old appliances a new life feels just as good as setting up new beauties in my own kitchen – not only are my old kitchen appliances saved from an early demise in a landfill, but they are now making someone’s everyday life a little easier.
If that’s what adulthood is all about, I think I can live with that.