Moving into a new custom home is an exciting time, but let's be honest - preparing for that actual move can be nothing short of overwhelming. The KonMari Method of decluttering and purging objects in your home can be a good place to start (if Martha AND Gwenyth endorse it, there must be something to it, right?!).But even if you do take the time to do this, you're bound to end up with a lot of stuff that needs a new home. There are some amazing resources in the western suburbs that can not only make this transition easier for you, but do an incredible amount of good in the process:
Teardown? Turn to Habitat for Humanity ReStore before demolition
ReStore is a facility dedicated to help the environment by repurposing household items and construction materials that would otherwise be thrown out and end up in a landfill. ReStore collects, examines and sorts donated items and then sells these materials to the general public at greatly reduced prices. All profit from the sales funds the DuPage Habitat mission.
Oakley custom homes built on a demolished property - and even our renovation projects - provide amazing opportunities to source new materials for ReStore. We're proud that DuPage Habitat for Humanity has felt the impact of us connecting potential goods with their facility: “Oakley Home Builders is a great partner for DuPage Habitat for Humanity”, says Jim Fessler, DuPage Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore Manager. “Before they rehab a home, Oakley Home Builders welcome our volunteers to take out usable materials, allowing them a second life. Since our partnership, we have received materials from 10-12 homes over the last two years and look forward to continuing this relationship.”
How to contribute? Donations can be dropped off at the Addison ReStore Wednesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. They also offer a pickup service for select large donations. In addition to helping to reuse and recycle, your donation of building materials is tax deductible. Please visit www.dupagerestore.com or call 630-517-2080 for further information on ReStore and the many other ways you can help support this organization
Getting a fresh start with furnishings in your new home? Turn to Sharing Connections to donate furniture and household items.
As you prepare for your move, you may find that your current furnishings aren't a size or style fit in your new home. If these furnishings or household items are in good condition, Sharing Connections is an amazing local organization to connect with. Sharing Connections serves local families at or below the poverty level facing life’s challenges—job loss, returning veterans, domestic violence, home fires & more.This organization invites individuals to share their gently used furniture and household items with families needing assistance. This is a unique opportunity for the community to directly make an impact by passing on something they no longer need to make a difference in the life of a local family.
You can drop off your donation at the Sharing Connection warehouse located at 5111 Chase Ave., Downers Grove, IL 60515 Monday-Friday from 9am-3pm and on Saturdays from 9am-Noon. Alternately, you can request a pickup by calling their FREE PICKUP LINE: 1-630-971-0565, X300 OR submit your request online at: www.sharingconnections.org. If the items are in good condition (no rips, stains, etc) they will come haul items away for you.
Specific items that are always appreciated are:
- Tables & Chairs
- Sofas & Loveseats
View the entire list of accepted items here.
Know of other great local resources? Please let us know in the comments below so we can be sure to share that information.
Ready to dive into a custom build of your own? Give us a shout - we're happy to walk you through the process in a clear and helpful way!