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Declutter for a cause: Tidy up to make a difference

Donate for a cause

We live in a world where material possessions accumulate faster than we can manage them. As we navigate through our homes, brimming with belongings that have accumulated over time, we often encounter items we no longer need or use. Yet, rather than relegating them to the back of a closet or the depths of a storage unit, consider the profound impact they could have in the hands of those in need. Shifting your perspective and finding a purpose behind tidying up can breathe new life into the process.

Canadian Diabetes Association – 1 800 505 5525 to schedule pickup      

The Diabetes Association uses donations to fund and support diabetes research.

What they accept: Appliances, bedding, books, clothes, electronics, toys, sports equipment, small household items.

Children’s Book Bank – Drop off at 334 Bleeker Street.

The Children’s Book Bank provides books to children in low-income neighborhoods. Please check out their website or Instagram page @bookbankcanada for scheduled donation drop off days.

Furniture Bank – 416 934 1229 to schedule pickup or drop off

The Furniture Bank works with shelters and agencies to provide furniture to abused women, refugee families and at-risk youth.

What they accept: Appliances, furniture and household items. For a complete list of accepted items, click here.

Habitat for Humanity Restore – 416 755 7353 to schedule pickup or drop off

Habitat for Humanity builds affordable housing and depends on the donations of gently used and like new building supplies. They also run their Restore, which sells gently used furniture, appliances and household items to fun their projects. Call or click the link above to find the location closest to you.

What they accept: Appliances, furniture, household items

Jessie’s, The June Callwood Centre for Young Women – Call 416 365 1888 for drop-off info

Jessie’s Centre offers services and support to women ages 21 and under who are pregnant or have children.

What they accept: Baby gear, toys

New Circles – 416 422 2591 for drop-off info

Provides new and gently used clothing to low-income families and new immigrants.

What they accept: Clothing

Second Life Books647 689 6066

Tiny Toy Co.

Donate your small toys, mismatched game pieces or other bits to be upcycled into educational games for students and educators. Free pick up available in Toronto or at-cost shipping available.

Oasis Clothing Bank – Donation bins throughout the city

Proceeds provide support to addiction recovery programs.

What they accept: Bedding, books, clothing, electronics, toys, sports equipment

Dress for Success416 901 6022

Empowering and supporting women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and life.

What they accept: Gently used, nearly-new professional attire.

The Pegasus Shoppe – 416 913 2544 for drop off info

The proceeds from Pegasus support programs for adults with developmental disabilities and autism.

What they accept: Kitchenware, books, clothing, toys, linens and miscellaneous household items

Fred Victor

Fred Victor is an organization servicing thousands of people experiencing homelessness and poverty in Toronto every day. They have a wish list at the link for items they are always in need of. You can also email if your items aren’t on the list to see if they have a need at any of their locations.

What they accept (not limited to): New underwear, pj’s, socks, travel size toiletries, household cleaning products and first aid supplies. Gently used coats, shoes and boots, hoodies, long sleeves, t‑shirts. You can also donate gift cards to grocery stores for $10-$20.

Donate a Car Canada - 1 877 250 4904

Donate your old car to a charity of your choice a receive a charitable tax receipt for the gift.

Red Door Family Shelter – 416 915 5671 ext 200 or to schedule a drop-off time

The items from this organization benefit clients moving out of shelters, families or abused women.

What they accept: Non-perishable food items, full-size toiletries, diapers (3T-6T), baby formula, baby wipes, new household items, gift cards, children’s birthday party items.

Covenant House — 416 598 4898 Covenant House Amazon Wish List

This organization supports youth experiencing homelessness. The link has items they accept for donation as well as a wishlist of new items to provide youth coming off the streets.


I hope this list inspires you to find the joy as you clear clutter and pave the way for brighter futures. Together, let’s embrace the power of decluttering for charity and turn our excess into opportunities for kindness and compassion.

Share your favorite places to donate in the comments and we will update our list.

If you need extra motivation to clear clutter or want to ensure it gets to your favorite organization, contact us for a free consultation to get started.