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If you are remodelling your kitchen, you may want to get rid of your cabinets. Donating kitchen cabinets is a way to recycle household items and go green. Even if your kitchen cabinets aren't your style any longer, they may work in someone else's home, or they can be refinished. Giving away your kitchen cabinets saves you the cost of a contractor's doing the work, and you won't have to rent a dumpster. Donating kitchen cabinets can mean less work for you in your remodelling project.
Assess your cabinetry. To donate your cabinets, most charities require that the cabinetry be a matching set. The charity might not accept missing drawers or doors. Donations should be in good working order even if they aren't pretty. Decide whether you will be donating the sink and countertops as well. If your cabinets are old, someone may still want them to use in their laundry room or garage for extra storage.
Call an organisation like Habitat for Humanity. Habitat for Humanity helps people in need build their own houses. Habitat for Humanity will usually take down the cabinets themselves and haul them away. Even if your cabinets can't be used in a Habitat home, you can still donate them. Donations are sold in Habitat ReStores to benefit Habitat for Humanity.
List your cabinets on a free site such as Freecycle. You can also write an ad for the free section of Craigslist. If you can't find a charity that will take your cabinets, branch out. Place a free ad saying that you have kitchen cabinets for donation. If you want the cupboards to go to someone in need, ask users to share their stories. Choose your favourite story, but keep a backup in case something falls through. Schedule a pickup time. If you aren't comfortable letting strangers into your home, leave the cabinets by the curb.
Empty out the cabinets. Take out all of your household items on the day the cabinets are removed so there aren't any delays. It might not be necessary to scrub the cabinets, because they'll probably get dusty in transit. Supervise the workers that remove your cabinets to make sure they don't damage your kitchen.
Get a receipt. Most charities will provide you with a receipt when you donate kitchen cabinets. This can save you money at tax time, so hold on to it.
- Augie Schwer http://www.flickr.com/photos/augie/