Christmas week has passed and it’s time to look ahead to a clean and organized New Year! If you’re like me, the excitement of your new possessions this Christmas has helped cut the ties to old items in your home. Plus the built-in deadline for an end-of-year tax receipt provides extra decluttering motivation. This year, my mission is to declutter by donating to charities near Cambridge, MA, wherein these charities would in turn provide goods free of charge to those in need.
Here’s the roundup:
Household Goods Recycling of Massachusetts (HGRM)
HGRM always needs donations of clean, usable furniture and household items for individuals and families in need. They provide more than 300 households with essential items each month, so a steady stream of donated goods is essential. Donated items are not sold through a thrift shop – everything is given for free to families in need.
530 Main Street, Acton, MA 01720, (978) 635-1710, http://www.hgrm.org/donate_goods.htm
Cradles to Crayons
Charity Navigator rated this Boston-based non-profit four stars for their accountability and transparency. Cradles to Crayons provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive – at home, at school and at play. You can donate children’s clothing, baby items and equipment, new school and art supplies, books, and toys — all items are supplied free of charge to families in need. There are multiple drop-off locations throughout the Boston-metro area, including Cambridge.
155 North Beacon Street, Brighton, MA 02135, Phone: (617) 779-4700 http://www.cradlestocrayons.org/boston/donate-goods/drop-off-locations
If you’re a traveler and pick up complimentary toiletries from hotels, you’re sure to realize around this time of year that you are overstocked. Make room and donate these toiletries to Rosie’s Place, a Boston-based charity that assists women, many of whom are working and in housing but simply can’t make ends meet. You can also donate women’s clothing, jewelry, bath towels and linens.
889 Harrison Avenue, Boston, Ma 02118; (617) 442-9322; http://www.rosiesplace.org
The Book Exchange
Share the love of reading with those less fortunate by donating to The Book Exchange in Cambridge. They accept hard and soft cover books, CDs, DVDs, and video games.
Cambridge DPW Recycling Drop-Off Center, 147 Hampshire St, Cambridge, MA 02139
I hope this list helps you swing into the coming year in a clutter free home. Wishing you health, happiness and prosperity in the New Year!