How to Declutter & Donate in the Age of COVID-19

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How to Declutter & Donate in the Age of COVID-19



Millions of Americans have been ordered to stay at home during the COVID-19 crisis.  Many have taken advantage of some of their time while at home to clean, declutter, and organize their homes. 


The process of doing so obviously minimizes the clutter that has accumulated within the home.  But the exercise of decluttering and organizing produces benefits that go way beyond those solely revolving around the removal of physical clutter itself.                                                                                                                                                                           It's been discovered by doctors and psychologists, that decluttering and organizing are beneficial in a myriad of ways ... physically, mentally, and spiritually.  Decluttering and organizing provide us an opportunity to exercise some control over our lives.  
It can also help us lower our anxiety levels.  And in this day and age, who doesn't welcome that?
But decluttering in the age of COVID-19 faces an extra challenge ... 
  • What do you do with all the no-longer-needed and unwanted items winnowed out during the organization process?  
  • Who is accepting donated items?
  • What items can be donated?
  • How can you donate?
  • More ...

In Chicagoland, as in many areas of the nation, charities and organizations that typically accept much-needed items are now closed as a result of COVID-19 worries.  Drop-offs and donations are not currently being accepted.
As a result, I performed some research and found that there are a few solutions available currently, but admittedly they are somewhat limited.  
Below you will find an infographic that provides some helpful information as to WHO, WHAT, and WHERE you can donate some of the items you have gathered together.   
This infographic also contains information and website info/links to websites for charities and organizations that are in need of supplies, equipment, foods, and monetary donations, as well.  
Chicagoland Options for Donation of Household Items,
Supplies, Foods, and Monetary Assistance
If you wish to make a donation of items or money, please visit the websites of the charities/organizations themselves for further, more detailed information so you can give in the appropriate and proper manner.

Should some of your items not be needed or "donatable" at this time, please store them until a later date.  Bins or plastic bags that will keep the items safe and moisture-free are best suited for this type of storage.

We're all in this together ... whether in Chicagoland or elsewhere across the country or world.  Your efforts and donations are appreciated, both now and in the future.

Until this passes, please stay safe ... stay healthy ...
Gene Mundt
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Comments (7)

John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi   Very good report about how to declutter and donate in the age of Covid-19.

Apr 14, 2020 01:45 PM
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi

Thank you, John Pusa ... 

Apr 15, 2020 08:41 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

Good information to share. I always think it is good to declutter, however procrastination still has me with drawerfuls of files that I have not looked at for a very long time, but just in case I am holding on to them. Maybe tomorrow, I'll get around to taking them to the recycling bin.

Apr 14, 2020 02:30 PM
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi

I'm guilty of hanging on to paperwork too long myself, Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 ... guess I think I'm still going to use the info on them or something.  Probably not ... so off to the shredder they must go!

Apr 15, 2020 08:42 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

What a F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S post, Gene. I've long been a believer in the benefits of organizing and decluttering... and that's why I do it regularly; which also means that I don't have much of it to do right now!

Apr 15, 2020 05:18 AM
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi

T-H-A-N-K  Y-O-U, Nina Hollander!  I definitely need to adopt your way of thinking.  

Apr 15, 2020 08:44 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Gene. While decluttering is not an issue for us because it was doer before downsizing, many of my shelter in place friends are in the process. Thanks for the tips! Enjoy your day and the Chicago snow!

Apr 15, 2020 05:44 AM
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi

Snow!  Chicagoland weather is always dishing us something up, isn't it Wayne Martin?  Glad to hear that you don't suffer this challenge ... but glad the info will prove useful to your friends

Apr 15, 2020 08:46 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Gene you are right this is a great time to get rid of some unused treasures.  For me the weekend project will be the garage, but I have to admit I am not looking forward to it!!!

Apr 15, 2020 08:09 AM
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi

Oh, I hear you, George Souto ... as my garage is always in need of further purging.  Ask my wife!

Good Luck!


Apr 15, 2020 08:47 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

This is timely advice to share.

I have some work to do!

Apr 16, 2020 05:17 AM
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi

You're not alone, Roy Kelley ... we all can declutter something and donate too ...


Apr 16, 2020 08:21 AM
Charles Stallions
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services - Pensacola, FL
850-476-4494 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.

We tend to do it every Fall and Spring for our community yard sale which was put off this year. But we will have Waterfront Mission pick it us as soon as possible. Good organized post by the way.

May 14, 2020 05:15 AM