10 Kitchen Items to Donate for a Tax Write-Off

published Apr 5, 2017
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Are you renovating or remodeling your kitchen? Good for you! Get even more good out of the situation by donating a lot of the stuff you’re no longer using to a home salvage center. There are tons of organizations (on a local or national level) that will take your old stuff and either use it to build a home for a family in need or sell it for money to put toward a project. Some places may even handle the pick-up for you. You get a tax write-off, help those in need, and keep stuff out of landfills. It’s a win-win-win!

Keep reading to see what you can donate. If you’re unsure about something on this list (or even something that’s not!), call a donation center near you and see what they say.

1. Backsplash Tile

Did you order too much tile for your new backsplash? Before you return it to the store, consider donating it. Many places can’t accept used tile (but call around just in case!), but new, out-of-the-box tile will always be a welcome donation.

2. Kitchen Cabinets

Don’t just take a hammer to your old kitchen cabinets. Get them down in relatively good shape and someone else can use them. Ideally, the cabinets aren’t too worn and the drawers pull out with ease. Not sure if they’re in good enough condition to donate? Check with your local donation center, as they’ll be more than happy to look at photos or maybe even send someone out to take a look.

3. Cabinet Hardware

Maybe you’re not getting rid of your cabinets and you’re just giving them a fresh coat of paint and some new hardware. If your old knobs and pulls happen to be in good condition, someone else can use them! Just put them in a little baggie when you donate them — this way, they’ll all stay together as a set.

4. Working Appliances

Your dated range might be an eyesore to you, but someone else might appreciate it more than you could ever know. You can donate working appliances including refrigerators, ranges, freezers, dishwashers, microwaves, range hoods, stovetops, and more. Some donation centers might have age restrictions (no older than 15 years, for example) so call to find out.

5. Windows and Patio Doors

Replacing your sliding glass doors that connect your breakfast room to the patio? And the window over your kitchen sink? As long as they’re free of cracks, they can almost always be reused.

6. Countertops

Granite, quartz, and laminate countertops can be put to good use in someone else’s new kitchen. Just make sure there’s no mold or water damage.

7. Wood Flooring

Many places will take old wood flooring that’s in good condition. Look for clean, undamaged pieces with no visible nails or screws.

8. Lighting

Believe it or not, working light fixtures are actually in high demand. In addition to that pendant light you no longer have a place for, you can also donate light switches and light switch covers.

9. Cookware, Dinnerware, Small Appliances & More

You obviously don’t have to be renovating to donate this stuff, but we wanted to make sure it was on this list. Your old coffee maker, flatware, cake pans, wine glasses — all these items (and everything in between!) can be donated if they’re in good condition.

10. The Kitchen Sink

You really can donate everything … and the kitchen sink. Make sure it’s in good condition and not stained or chipped. While you’re at it, ask if the donation center has any interest in the faucet.

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