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Donate Household Items to Save Money

Around the House

February 15, 2017

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5 min

Donate Household Items

You might need temporary or long-term storage for a variety of reasons. When a homeowner is preparing to sell a home, their realtor may advise to de-clutter and downsize. If a marriage ends in divorce, one or both parties could end up in a new home or apartment that’s smaller than their previous one. A loved one might pass away and leave you with furniture or other cherished items that you don’t have room to keep at home.

ezStorage has self-storage units available that can accommodate all these needs and more, but we want to make sure you are only paying for the space you really need. Taking an inventory of your belongings and deciding what is truly worth hanging onto can save you time and money.

Once you’ve determined what stays and what goes, you can help make a difference in your community by donating the items you no longer need instead of storing them. The money savings are easy to see as storing fewer items requires less space—leaving you free to use a smaller self-storage unit. Item donations may also qualify you for additional tax deductions.

The time savings might not be obvious until you realize that many operations that accept these donations offer pick-up services or easy drop-off locations. That’s time you don’t have to worry with selling, haggling or transporting.

So if saving time and money appeals to you, let’s take a look at a few of your options for donating in Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C.

Where to Donate Furniture, Other Household Items and Clothing

  • Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore locations can be found throughout the area. Many of them offer free pick-up service for your furniture, appliances, exercise equipment and more. Proceeds help build affordable housing in your community.
  • Goodwill aims to improve the lives of people in your area through employment and education. Many locations accept toys, computers, clothing, furniture and a variety of household items. Check with your area’s branch for more information.
  • The Salvation Army’s Family Stores will resell your donated items–from clothing to furniture–in order to help support their Adult Rehabilitation Centers. These programs provide those in the grip of addiction an opportunity to reclaim their lives.
  • Donation Town offers free pick up and delivery service to a variety of charities nationwide

Where to Donate Your Old Mattress

Some delivery services will offer to dispose of your old mattress when they deliver your new one. Instead of having them take it to the nearest landfill, consider helping someone in need. Most of the organizations above will not take mattress donations due to sanitary regulations, but Donation Town can help find a new home for your “gently used” mattresses. Once donated, they can help veterans, women’s shelters and more. If your old mattress is in poor shape, Donation Nation can whisk it away while minimizing the impact on the environment.

How Much Self-Storage Space Do You Need?

Once you’ve narrowed down the list of essentials, the professionals at ezStorage can help you find a self-storage unit that’s just right for you. We can give you pointers on how to arrange the storage unit to make the most of your space. Whether you’re in Maryland, Virginia or Washington D.C., there’s an ezStorage location that’s ready to assist you.

Start Storing Your Belongings Today!

ezStorage has storage facilities all throughout Washington, DC, Baltimore and Northern Virginia. Find a location near you and reserve your unit from ezStorage today.

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What size home are you storing?

1 Bedroom Apartment

2 Bedroom Apartment

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5x5 locker

5' x 5' (25 sq ft) (Locker)

Half the height of our standard 5' x 5', our lockers will hold personal items, clothes boxes, business records and sale rep materials. This is our smallest storage unit. Available at most locations.

5x5 unit size

5' x 5' (25 Sq. Ft.) (standard closet size)

How big is a 5x5? A 5x5 will hold personal items, clothes, boxes, small furniture items, business records and sales rep materials.

5x10 unit size

5' x 10' (50 Sq. Ft.) (walk-in closet size)

Will hold small amounts of furniture, boxspring and mattress, business records and other small items.

10x10 unit size

10' x 10' (100 Sq. Ft.) (standard bedroom size)

Will hold a 1 bedroom apartment w/major appliances, other furniture and supplies.

10x15 unit size

10' x 15' (150 Sq. Ft.) (1/2 standard one-car garage size)

What will fit in a 10x15? This size storage-unit will hold contents of a 2 bedroom apartment or house including appliances and boxes, or commercial storage inventory.

10x20 unit size

10' x 20' (200 Sq. Ft.) (standard one-car garage size)

Will hold contents of a 3 bedroom apartment or house plus major appliances and lots of boxes. Business storage, ideal for storage racks.

10x30 unit size

10' x 30' (300 Sq. Ft.) (standard two-car garage size)

Will hold contents of a 4 to 5 bedroom house with major appliances and room for boxes. Business storage for files, equipment and permanent records.

Renting Online is Simple

  1. Select the storage unit size you’re interested in.
  2. Click on “Rent Now” and follow the steps.
  3. Select the autopay option.
  4. Once completed, you will receive an email with your storage unit number and access code.
  5. To reduce person-to-person contact, don’t forget to bring your own lock. Don’t already have a lock? No problem you can stop by the rental office to buy one on your first visit!