Getting rid of personal items can be tough sometimes. Deciding on what you still need and what you are going to get rid of is tough due to the personal value that each item holds. However, the items that you decide to get rid of can hold personal value with others. Instead of throwing away the items that you no longer use, you should donate them. Here are six reasons why you should donate the goods that you no longer use:

Gets Rid of Clutter

The longer you hold onto items that you no longer the more clutter will build up in your home. Clutter makes everything appear messy even if you are aware of where everything is.

Clearing clutter can be very therapeutic because of the room it creates in your home. When you get rid of items that you no longer need in your home you will feel much more relaxed. The extra space in your home will allow you to move freely throughout your home and it will allow you to feel more inclined to have people over.

Help Others

Donating unwanted goods can help other individuals. There are plenty of individuals that are struggling to make a living and need any help that they can get. While you may not want some of the things that are in your home, there are individuals out there that would be very grateful to have those things.

Donating these items to help someone out will also make you feel better. You will have a feeling of satisfaction knowing that you can help make a difference in someone’s life. Also, it may help someone more than you know. There is a program called the kidney foundation pick up, which allows individuals to donate their cars to help the national kidney foundation. Your donations can help individuals with medical situations as well.

Tax Benefits

When it comes around to tax season most people are looking for a way to deduct money from their taxes. Donating items to charity is a great way to do that. The items that you donate to charity can qualify as a deductible.

The value of the items that you donate to charity can be deducted from your taxes up to 50 percent of your gross income. This can be a great way to help those in need and save money.

Save Money on Storage

Saving money on storage is another way that you can save money by donating unwanted goods. You may find that the goods in your home are causing clutter and you need extra storage. Instead of renting, or buying, additional storage for those goods you can donate them to charity.

On average a storage unit costs about $190 to rent a month, so by donating your unwanted goods you can save an extra $190 a month.

Teach Your Kids a Lesson

If you have kids, then you know that they watch everything you do very carefully. Donating unwanted goods to charity is a great example to set for your children. Your children may watch you donate these things and remember it later in life. Then when it comes to getting rid of their unwanted goods, they will want to donate them instead of throwing them out.

Help the Environment

Donating unwanted goods can help the environment in two ways. The first way is to keep them from breaking down in landfills and releasing harmful gases into the atmosphere. The second way is that it will cause factories to produce less due to the lesser demand which will help the environment due to the lack of greenhouse gas emissions from the factories.

This is mainly the case with clothes as textile factories are constantly producing new clothes but donating any kind of items can help the environment as well.


Donating your unwanted goods can have a lot of personal benefits as you can see from the list. However, the best benefit from donating unwanted goods is that you can help others. Next time you are about to throw something away, stop and think about if you could donate it to help someone in need.