Cleaning and Donating: Give Back Through Decluttering


Can you believe summer is gone and we are officially in fall, y’all? So, who’s been cleaning out their closets and spaces? The upcoming holiday season is coming with so many events. We all know it also brings new costumes and toys into our lives. It’s a great time to cycle out old ones and give back. Donating is one of the best ways to not only pay it forward but share a lesson with your little ones. The best part about a home refresh is being able to give back. 

Image: An organized closet space

There are so many great ways to give back through donating gently used items. Most locations accept clothing, furniture, kitchenware, toys and so much more. 

3 Few Local Spots to Donate

  1. Lotus House Thrift Chic Boutique. They do good two-fold, and they’re one of my favorites. They not only sell items in their awesome thrift store donating the proceeds to Lotus House Women’s Shelter (p.s. the largest in the country). But they also gift some items to graduating women from the shelter stepping out on their own, helping them set up their homes. (*They do pick up certain items, contact the store to find out.) Can be found at 2040 NW 7th Ave, Miami, FL 33127. Ph. (305) 576-4112.
  2. The Salvation Army Family Stores. There are several locations and you can locate the one nearest you by clicking here and entering your zip. They also donate proceeds from the sales in their stores to rehab centers and much more. 
  3. Miami Rescue Mission. We’ve thrifted some great things here ourselves. We actually purchased a $300 Z Gallerie coffee table for $10. Yes, and turned into a small corner bar. There was a piece of rope missing, which we fixed. So believe that someone’s trash is someone else’s treasure. Their new store is located at 8700 NW 7th Ave., Miami, FL 33150.

Image: Before and after images of a designer coffee table that was donated and repurposed as a small bar

Some Other Tips

  1. It’s always great to call and find out what specific items each location is looking for, sometimes they are in need of one thing or another.
  2. Some locations offer pickups, if it is large furniture for example. is a great service which helps veterans of all wars in the Miami Area. They accept your donations on behalf of the VVA so you’re helping our nation’s veterans. 
  3. If you have older kids, set up some boxes labeled “keep” and “donate” in each room. You remember, Andy’s mom in Toy Story 4 did the same. Ask them to cycle out some toys they’d like to donate to other children. It’s a great way to teach them about giving.
  4. Some locations also offer store credit. So if you’re in the mood for some shopping or redecorating, it’s a great alternative.
  5. Don’t forget to ask for your tax donation receipt. 

These are some of our favorite locations, but there are so many more options with a simple Google search. The most important common denominator is all of them give back to our community in wonderful ways.

Image: A woman sorts clothing into boxes labeled declutter and keep as a way to give back

Let us know in the comments or online at @MiamiMomCollective if you’ve thrifted any great finds. Use #MiamiMoms and #GiveBack.

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Sandra Jacquemin
Sandra is born and raised in Miami, fluent in 4 languages and credits her upbringing to be Brazilian-French thanks to her parents. After graduating high school from Gulliver Prep, she pursued a degree in Elementary Education followed by earning a Bachelors in Marketing and International Business. While working on post-grad in the South of France, she decided to be her own boss and opened her boutique marketing agency working with a roster of recognized global brands spanning from entertainment, to sports and beyond. Sandra and her husband, a former U.S. Marine, are first-time parents to their son Marcelo Joseph whose middle name pays homage to Sandra's late father. They’re also pet rescue parents to their adopted chihuahua Ellie. Sandra's affinity for Disney started when her Mom took her at only 7 days old. Coming around full circle, she has not only worked with the company behind-the-scenes, but they are now loyal Disney Passholders. She transitioned to eating plant-based in 2015 for a healthier lifestyle, and swapped everyday products to non-toxic. Today, they reside in Pinecrest and are enjoying discovering life as new parents. In 2021, Sandra and her husband launched a company with a mission, to help others with their mission, donating 100% proceeds from a t-shirt subscription to charities. Learn more here . Look for her posts sharing her love of decluttering, transitioning to non-toxic products, the journey to becoming vegan, starting a small business and so much more! Follow her on Instagram