It’s that time of year again….FALL CLEANING

Those delicious few weeks of a newborn fall are officially here. The first thing you probably want to do is get cozy in your sweaters, scarves and boots. You mosey on up to the attic and tear open the box labeled ‘fall/winter,’ hardly able to contain your excitement. After holding your breath as a sea of dust clears, you quickly spot, well, what you won’t be wearing this season. A plaid blazer, is this mine? Camouflage, what was I thinking? A metallic trench, huh?

This stuff needs to go, you say.

Instead of tossing your items in the trash or even on the curb, why not donate them to an organization for people who will really use them? Instead of sitting in a landfill for hundreds of years, they’ll be put to good use and help others out.

Here are six local non profits currently accepting clothing donations. Between drop-off boxes, local offices and pick-up services, it’s easy to do and for a great cause.

American Red Cross

Accepting clean, gently-worn clothing at a drop-off location on 707 Alexander Rd, Suite 101, Princeton, or you can call to schedule a pick up at your house (1-866-468-7228). So easy!

Rescue Mission of Trenton

Seeking gently-used and new clothing, shoes and accessories. You can drop your items, which should be clean and bagged, at three drop boxes in Princeton — Educational Testing Center; Princeton University (Faculty Road); and SAVE Animal Rescue (900 Herrontown Rd.). Once again, at-home pickup service is available (1-800-528-8825).

Homefront

Collecting new or gently-used clothing and household items. Donations can be dropped off at their offices in Lawrenceville (1880 Princeton Ave.) Homefront helps families gain skills and opportunities to ensure adequate incomes, and 100% of clothing donations are given to Homefront clients, free of charge, at the FreeStore.

One Simple Wish

Accepting only new clothing (that forgotten and unworn top with the tags still on it would be perfect) and personal care items. One Simple Wish aims to empower foster children and helps individuals transition out of the system.

Womanspace

Requesting women’s t-shirts and nightwear, women’s sweat suits, as well as household items like wash cloths/towels, curtains, vacuum cleaners and more. See the full list at www.womanspace.org. Items can be dropped off in Lawrenceville at 1530 Brunswick Ave. Contact Althea at 609-394-9000 to schedule a drop-off.

Princeton Leeep’s Annual Closet Cleanout

Collecting gently-used business attire to benefit Dress for Success of Mercer County and UIH Family Partners. The organization will be gathering clothing at various events in the area through November 4. Learn more at www.princetonleeep.org.

**Amanda Schoonover is a writer, blogger and communications coordinator at the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce. Follow along at her blog, a thrifty hippie, or on Twitter @athriftyhippie.