As we all know, charities are organisations who aim to help people who are in need. The life source of these charities are us. Of course, we donate for a lot of reasons, including when you’re moving to another house.

When moving, it may not be necessary to bring all your things especially big, bulky furniture and bric-a-brac. There may be sentimental values to items such as wedding gifts, or grandma’s old dresser, etc., but would they really match for your new home? So you consider selling or donating. Selling can be such a hassle especially on a tight schedule. Donating can be a better option. What is unnecessary for you, can be used to help others and possibly become their treasure. So what can be donated and how do charities process them?


First of all, what can we donate aside from money?

Below is a common list of things accepted by most charities.

  • Quality second-hand clothes
  • Serviceable new and used furniture – You have to check first with your selected charity if they can pick-up your large furniture
  • Bric-a-brac
  • Books – should be in readable condition
  • Household items


What happens to these donations?

  • They are given for free to families, individuals or people who are in need.
  • The surplus items are sold in op shops to support the charity’s activities.
  • They are recycled by groups such as NACRO (National Association of Charitable Recycling Organisations). Through the effort of its members, most of the collected post-consumer waste is diverted from landfills and recycled to be sent and distributed to the poorest people.


Having a clear idea of what happens to your donation can be a big relief when deciding what to do with the things that you no longer use.