One of the best ways to prep your home for sale is to spring clean. A de-cluttered home makes a big difference when it comes to first impressions and will help you sell your home more quickly and at a higher price. However, sorting through all of your worldly possessions can seem daunting, but knowing where to donate and what items are needed can be a huge help.
Clothing is one of the most common items donated and there are several different places around to take your gently used items. Our favorites are:
- The Salvation Army – Maybe explain the items they take besides clothing?
- 248 Erie St., Jersey City, NJ
- Super convenient as they have a pull up/drop off area off of 15th Street (between Grove and Erie). Just back your car in and hand your items off.
- Donation Bins – These are a great option if you need a quick way to drop off items quickly
- Jefferson & 3rd, Hoboken, NJ
- 18 & Martin, Jersey City, NJ
- The Hoboken Shelter – Sheltering 50 people nightly, serving 500 meals daily, and 1,000 showers weekly, this shelter is an incredible resource to the community and can use clothes as well as toiletries and food.
- 300 Bloomfield St., Hoboken, NJ
- Suits for Success – This organization doesn’t just give others suits for job interviews, but helps to coach them one-on-one on the interview process and etiquette, to give them the best chance at success possible. They also have a Career Center, Professional Development and Literacy Workshops.
- 121-125 Newark Ave. 3rd Floor, Jersey City, NJ 07302
- Mary Advocates Thrift Store – St. Mary raises funds for healthcare and health education.
- 536 Garden St. Hoboken, NJ, 07030
Sometimes it can be difficult to get out to a donation center to drop-off items, but luckily there are several organizations that will gladly schedule a time to pick up items from your home. This is ideal for larger furniture items.
- The Salvation Army – They will pick up large items like furniture and mattresses, pick-ups just need to be scheduled 2-3 weeks in advance as they have a long waiting list.
- Donation Time – This is a great resource. Just type in your zip code on their website and they will give you a list of organizations in your area that will pick-up donation items.
- Schedule a pick-up HERE.
- Go Green Drop – Give them a call and they will pick-up items from your home and get them to one of the charities they work with. The American Red Cross, Military Order of the Purple Heart, National Federation of the Blind, and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Philadelphia.
Books are something that can make a space feel cluttered and are incredibly frustrating to move. It’s great to donate books you don’t think you will read again to free up shelf space (for more books, obviously), and lessen your load when you move. Consider taking your old books to one of these locations:
- Symposia Bookstore and Community Center – The only store in the area that deals with used books in Hoboken. The store operates as a thrift store for books, but also offers up its space to be used as a community center.
- 510 Washington St. Hoboken, NJ
- The Hoboken Public Library
- 500 Park Ave., Hoboken, NJ
- Be sure to call ahead to check what books they are accepting at that time.
- Jersey City Free Books – This is a free book exchange for the community.
- 297 Griffith St., Jersey City, NJ, 07307
- Book donations are by appointment, so be sure to call or e-mail ahead of time, as this program is not open in the winter months.
Good luck and happy cleaning!