Say Buh-Bye To Clutter With This Charitable Web Service

We all loathe it, but no matter how hard we might try, there are two little words we just can't seem to escape this time of year: Spring. Cleaning. But it doesn't have to be that way. In fact, with websites like Donation Town around, it's kind of a breeze! No car? No problem. Simply plug your zip code into the site, and it'll give you a list of local charities that will come pick up your extra goods, free of charge. You'll get a tax break on your donations, help the environment by recycling, and more importantly, you'll be helping someone in need, all while ridding your space of clutter — how cool is that?
To get you motivated, here's a list of charities in the Chicagoland area affiliated with the site:

Vietnam Vetrans of America

Exclusively dedicated to Vietnam-era vets and their families, the local chapter accepts smaller household items, like toasters, irons, sporting goods, clothes, and more.


Support American veterans and their families with your old clothing and household goods.

Little City Foundation

This local charity aims to provide education, training, and assistance to children with disabilities. They'll take your old books off your hands in quantities of 150 or more.

St. Vincent de Paul
Give your clothing, furniture, toys, and more to those less fortunate through this local church organization, which offers person-to-person aid to men, women, and children in need.

Cancer Federation

Help fund cancer research, patient aid, education, and scholarships with your donations of clothing, bedding, tools, and music.

Howard Brown Health Center

Howard Brown's Brown Elephant resale shops help lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered groups maintain health and research.

Sunlight of the Spirit

This books and gifts shop helps local charities in need.

Salvation Army

The largest charity accepting clothing and goods affiliated with Donation Town, the Salvation Army aids everyone from natural-disaster victims to the homeless.

For a full list of all acceptable donations and to schedule your pickup, visit

Photo Courtesy of the Salvation Army Blog

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