Clearing Clutter for a Cause

Clearing the Clutter for a Cause

4 places to donate.

By Annie McManis

Ah, New Year, new leaf. The holidays can take a toll and leave you feeling overwhelmed and unorganized, and January is the perfect time to take stock and tidy up. If one of your resolutions is to clear the clutter, here are a few cause-worthy places to donate items that no longer spark joy for you.

1 Clothes, linens and household items

For one stop that takes nearly all, check out the Assistance League of Albuquerque. This non-profit is funded completely through donations and proceeds from its thrift shops, and its numerous programs benefit the local community. The AL Shop on the Corner and The Thrift Shop gladly accept household items in good condition, plus furniture, clothing, linens and holiday décor (for its annual pop-up holiday shops).

The Assistance League of Albuquerque
5211 Lomas NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110
Phone: (505) 265-0619
Donations accepted Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

2 Kitchen items

Who doesn’t have a single-function kitchen appliance taking up space? With kitchen gadgets topping holiday gift guides, you’ll likely need to clear out the old to make room for the new. Kitchenality in Santa Fe focuses exclusively on gently used kitchenware, including tableware, cookware, utensils, glassware, linens and small kitchen appliances. Proceeds benefit Kitchen Angels, a non-profit providing meals to those in the Santa Fe and surrounding areas who are homebound or in need.

Kitchenality, benefiting Kitchen Angels
1222 Siler Rd., Santa Fe, NM 87507
Phone: (505) 417-7780 ext. 206
Shop hours: Monday-Friday 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; call to donate

3 Horse tack and riding gear

If the New Year brought new gear to your equine pal, donate the old to The Horse Shelter Resale Shop. The thrift shop welcomes donations of saddles, pads, cinches and girths, bridles, bits and more, plus equestrian wear, boots and books. The shop also accepts household goods, and clothing and sales benefit The Horse Shelter, rescuing abused and neglected equines around the state.

The Horse Shelter Resale Store, benefiting The Horse Shelter
821 W San Mateo Rd A, Santa Fe, NM 87505
Phone: (505) 471-6179
Donations accepted Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

4 Fixtures, building supplies and tools

That dining room light fixture you replaced and have been storing in the garage all year? Time to give it a chance for a new home. Visit ReStore, the resale shops that support Habitat for Humanity. The organization happily accepts donations left over from or replaced by your remodel, including gently used doors, cabinets, countertops, tools, furniture, artwork and more. Also offering free pick-up for large items.

Habitat for Humanity ReStore
4900 Menaul Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110
Phone: (505) 265-0057
Monday-Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Donations accepted until 3:30 p.m.
2520 Camino Entrada, Ste. A, Santa Fe, NM 87507
Phone: (505) 473-1114
Monday-Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Donations accepted until 4 p.m.

5 …and everything else!

Just want to help out a neighbor? Check out Freecycle, where people post things they need or things they are offering up for free. It’s an easy way to help out someone else and keep one more item out of the landfill.