During the COVID-19 pandemic, a lot of households purge some of the clutter. What can you do with the items that you want to donate and how can you stay organized?

What You Need To Know

  • With more people staying at home, many are focusing on decluttering

  • One expert says to start with spots in your house that bother you most

  • Fewer donation centers are open, but there's more activity for those that are

"Everyone has the decluttering bug, and I love it. It’s really exciting,” said Put It Simply Organizing Owner Liz Bremer. “So yeah, we're home, we're around all of our stuff, and we're starting to feel crowded.

“Pick a spot that is bothering you most. It's usually an area that you are frequenting a lot.," she said. "The kitchen is a great place to start. Think of the word space anytime you are organizing anything. Space is an acronym. It stands for Sort, Purge, Assign a home, Containerize or Equalize."

Follow these steps in order, Bremer says, and you can organize anything. Purging or donating what you don't need anymore, though, can be tough during COVID-19. We found a few charities that are still accepting donations.

"The Give to Others platform is the perfect opportunity for people to go to and to submit items they no longer need or are using, and a great way to help your neighbors in need,” said Give to Others Founder Amy Caputo.

More people are cleaning out the clutter, but fewer donation centers are open. The ones that are, though, are seeing growth. Caputo says Give to Others has seen more activity over the past few weeks.

Some charity donation centers are also starting to open. Local Goodwill stores with drop-off as an option are open, with sanitization and social distancing policies in place, as well as modified hours. For more, check Goodwill's website.

For more information on Give to Others, go to GiveToOthers.com.