4 Downsizing Tips for Giving Back This Holiday Season

November 1, 2019

This holiday season, if you are in the process of ‘rightsizing’ or decluttering your home, consider giving back by donating gently-used and unused items.

A convenient way to donate furniture and give to those in need, while also reducing environmental waste in landfills, is through a furniture bank. Furniture banks accept furniture and household goods to help vulnerable families and individuals.

Moving Station is a proud sponsor of the Chicago Furniture Bank, the recent recipient of a $100,000 grant from the Chicago Bears’ Community All-Pros Initiative. This generous grant was announced at a Bears game this fall:


To find a local furniture bank, visit https://furniturebanks.org/donate-furniture/. Call your local furniture bank to inquire about their donation criteria and if they offer pick-up services.

Another convenient option that also reduces landfill waste is through an online organization, Give Back Box. Give Back Box offers you the opportunity to reuse a pre-paid return label from a participating online retailer to mail your donation for free. Fill a cardboard box with your donation of gently-used clothing and shoes, then print out a pre-paid label for the charity of your choice at http://www.givebackbox.com/index

If you prefer a pick-up service, visit donationtown.org to find a local charity that will come to your home to pick up your donations.

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4 Rightsizing Tips That Give Back
  1. Donate gently-used furniture to a local furniture bank
  2. Reuse online delivery boxes – pack with items to donate
  3. Create a toiletry care package for overseas troops
  4. Drop off items for a local church’s rummage sale

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