We mean more than just raking leaves and bringing plants indoors. It’s a great time to dive into some cleaning and organizing — you might even discover a few things you just don't want anymore.
As the kitchen gadgets, appliances, furniture and other household items start to pile up, so do questions of what to do with them. Should I get rid of some of this stuff? And who will take them off my hands?
Fortunately, there are a number of drop-off options for household items in the Twin Cities area that will accept your donations and keep them out of the dumpster. From that extensive list, there are three good go-to places we highly recommend: Better Futures Minnesota, Bridging and Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity ReStore.
All three not only re-use household items, they contribute to other causes. However, they don’t all accept the same things. Be sure to study these lists and align your stash with the items they accept in order to make your fall cleanup go off without a hitch.
Better Futures Minnesota works to preserve an environment that not only creates jobs, it helps to rebuild lives and a healthier planet. They promote environmentally sustainable practices through deconstruction, recycling, repurposing and reusing materials from appliances, homes and buildings.
Better Futures accepts donations of a wide range of household items to assist your fall cleanup efforts, including:
The items must be free of:
- Dry rot
- Insect, rodent and other pest infestations
- Nails and screws
- Peeling paint
Items can be dropped off at the Better Futures' warehouse, at 2620 Minnehaha Avenue South, Minneapolis.
Through the effective reuse of donated items, Bridging improves lives by providing quality furniture and household goods to those transitioning out of homelessness and poverty.
Bridging accepts furniture, housewares and small appliances (even ones that don’t function) from your fall cleanup, including:
- Bed frames
- Chairs (kitchen and upholstered)
- Coat racks
- Desks (42-by-24 inches or smaller)
- Futons (complete sets only)
- Mattresses and box springs
- Sofas, loveseats and ottomans (though no sleeper sofas)
- Stools (counter and bar height)
- Tables (nightstand, coffee, kitchen and dining tables, though none with glass)
- TV stands
- Wood furniture
- Bakeware (casserole dishes, loaf/muffin pans, pie plates, rectangular/pizza pans and cookie sheets)
- Bathroom shower curtains, bath mats, soap dishes, wastebaskets and toothbrush holders
- Bed linens including sheets, pillowcases, flat sheets and fitted sheets, mattress pads and bed skirts
- Blankets, comforters and bedspreads
- Colanders and strainers
- Dishes such as plates, bowls, cups and serving pieces
- Food storage containers
- Hangers (plastic only)
- Knives, cutting boards and knife blocks
- Laundry baskets and bags
- Napkin, utensil and paper towel holders
- Pillows (sleeping and decorative)
- Platters/serving trays
- Pots and pans
- Rugs (no larger than 8-by-10 feet)
- Sleeping bags
- Storage bins, baskets and canisters
- Table linens such as placemats, tablecloths and napkins
- Tea kettles
- Travel mugs
- Utensils such as can openers, mixing spoons, peelers, scissors, spatulas, whisks, peelers and tongs
- Wastebaskets/trash cans
Small appliances and electronics:
- Blenders, food processors and mixers
- Coffee makers
- DVD players
- Fans (box and floor)
- Hair dryers, curling irons and flat irons
- Irons and ironing boards
- Lamps (floor and table)
- Radios (portable)
- Slow cookers
- Specialty appliances such as electric griddles, fry pans, panini press/grills, quesadilla makers, rice steamers, waffle makers and woks
- Toasters and toaster ovens
- TVs, remotes and converter boxes (manufactured in 2000 or later)
Donations made to ReStore are tax-deductible and revenue supports Habitat’s mission, which is to eliminate poverty housing from the Twin Cities and make decent, affordable housing for all people a matter of conscience.
Plus, donating to ReStore means you’ll be keeping good, reusable items in use. Last year alone, ReStore was able to keep 960 tons of garbage out of landfills.
Think of the items you see at big-box home improvement stores. These are the types of newer items ReStore prefers most to expedite your fall cleanup. They include:
- Appliances (refrigerators, freezers, stoves, vent hoods, washers and dryers that are less than 10 years old)
- Architectural items such as mantels, columns, framed stained glass, wood and wrought-iron stair railings and spindles
- Building materials such as drywall, lumber, plywood, baseboard and trim
- Bathroom fixtures such as new sinks, tubs, medicine cabinets, shower surrounds and vanities that are less than 20 years-old
- Doors (new or used wood, metal, bi-fold and glass doors)
- Electrical components and electronics
- Flooring such as carpet, hardwood, tile and vinyl
- Furniture such as chairs, dressers, end tables, dining tables, small desks, sofas and shelving units
- Hardware such as knobs, hinges, nails, screws, nuts, bolts, boxes of fasteners and locks
- Home exterior products such as new gutters, insulation, siding, shingles and shutters (accepted only from April through October)
- Home décor items such as new blinds, framed art, framed mirrors, lamps, rugs, shades, shutters and full rolls of wallpaper
- New HVAC units such as central air systems and furnaces (accepted only from April through October)
- Kitchen cabinets (less than 20 years-old)
- Lawn and garden products such as edging, fencing, lawn furniture, grills and yard tools (accepted only from April through October)
- Lighting and ceiling fans such as light fixtures, chandeliers, sconces and lamps
- Paint and paint supplies such as paint brushes, rollers and paint trays
- Plumbing products such as new PVC and metal pipes, plumbing supplies, water heaters and garbage disposals
- Tools such as screwdrivers, ratchet sets, drills, circular saws, and fiberglass ladders
- New windows complete with sash and frames
When considering a donation to ReStore, keep in mind that ReStore staff will come pick it up if it doesn't fit in your vehicle — and we do it for FREE. We'll pick up things like furniture, kitchen cabinets, doors and windows, large quantities of flooring and working appliances.
Although, if you come drop off your donations, you'll receive a 20% off coupon. Donations can be dropped off at either of our store locations here in the Twin Cities – in South Minneapolis or New Brighton.