There's a lot of ways to go lean. If you have stuff you don't want or need you can donate it, sell it, give it away, recycle it, consign it, shred it, or junk it. I can be your de-acquisition specialist. Now is an excellent time to not only create clear space so you can think straight and have room for the important stuff, you might also be able to make a buck. Contact me or any of the below de-acquisition services can help you get lean.

  • E-Bay Auctions
  • Craig's List Classifieds
  • Charitable Donations
  • Consignment
  • Shredding
  • Junking
  • Freecycle
  • Antique Appraisal

  •   AMVets
    Currently Accepting: Clothing, small appliances, electronics, jewelry, and houseware.
    Not Accepted: T.V.s or computers that are over five years old.

  • Appliances
    Many habitat for humanity restores will pick up large appliances.

  •   The Arc
    Currently Accepting: Clothing, furniture, and more.
    Not Accepted: Only local offices accept donations. The National Office does not allow physical contributions.
    Pick up or Drop Off: Contact your local chapter to discuss drop off or pick up of donations.

  • AtticMaxx Shelving System will help you solve a common and frustrating problem for many homeowners with slanted attic space that can be converted into great storage.

  • Affordable Housing Corp. Home Improvement Program provide deferred loans to eligible LI homeowners so that needed repairs can be done. 631-471-1215

  • To discard any unwanted items call:
    Ken Olsen (Suffolk east of Route 231) 631-750-9181
    Lloyd Gutin (South Nassau and Western Suffolk west of Route 231) 516-798-1588
    Brian Heiser (Northern Nassau) 631-774-9818

    Ken Olsen is offering a $25 discount to anyone who donates clothes, blankets, or non-perishable food. They are encouraging people to donate baby food, baby cribs, pet supplies, shoes, coats, etc. They will ensure donations get to those that need them. Everyone who requires junk removal because of hurricane Sandy will receive a 10% discount. Call Dawn at 516-225-4727

    If you mention Cynthia Braun they will guarantee to pick it up that day.
    They are Franchises of
    Call them directly to get faster service
    They will donate your items to charities and mail you a receipt for tax purposes.

    Their fee depends on the amount of stuff to be hauled away. 1/4 truck, 1/2 truckload, etc.
    Check out there website for rates
  •  Baseball cards

  •   Big Brothers / Big Sisters - 631-234-0000
    Big Brothers / Big Sisters accepts all used clothing, jewelry, glassware and other household items including pictures / frames, small electronic appliances that must be in working condition. They will also take used stuffed animals and furniture.

    For homeless children in need for their birthday parties
    Takes new toys, games, childrens clothing
    Party supplies (plastic table cloths, paper plates, napkins, plastic wrapping)
    We regift teen/tween jewelry
    Office is located at 400 West Jericho Turnpike in Huntington M/W/F 10-1
    Contact: Jamie Rapfogel  (631) 659-2933
  •   Books
    The company provides instant price quotes that are good for one week, free shipping and fast payment via a check of Paypal

  •   Car donation
    Wheels For Wishes is a car donation program benefiting Make-A-Wish Suffolk County & Long Island
  •  Car donation
    Goodwill Car Donations of New York.  They accept all vehicles, in any condition, and will provide the pick up.
  • Car donation
    Wheels For Wishes, A non-profit for car donation and recycling

  • Car recycling
    Learn the facts about recycling cars
  • Career suits
    Suited for Success in Hempstead. You'll need to call ahead because they've been understaffed and the drop-off hours have varied. They take both men's and women's suits

  •   Charity Navigator
    Use search function to locate charities in you area
  •  Charitable donation tax guide
    Gin Garton: I work regularly with finance and tax experts on the ins and outs of planned giving and charitable donations

  •   Cell Phones
    VIBS collects - go to their website or just call (631) 360-3730 to get a drop off location.

  •  Clothing
    To donate clothing

  •   Clothing
    Your tax deducible donation of unwanted clothing supports jobs for people with special needs
    RewearABLE accepts clothing of all types and sizes
    Call 516-822-2099 to schedule a pickup
  •   Clothing
    Our guide includes:
    Infographic on Deciding When to Donate
    List of Charities that Accept Clothing
    Acceptable Donations and How to Drop Off/Pick Up

  • Clutterers Anonymous
    Clutterers Anonymous (CLA) is a fellowship of individuals who share experience, strength, and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem with clutter and help others recover.  The only requirement for membership is a desire to eliminate clutter and bring order into your life

    (866) 800-3881

    Queens - Rego Park
    Friday Evenings
    7:30pm - 9:00pm

    Nassau - Westbury
    Thursday Afternoons
    1:00pm - 2:30pm

    Nassau - Manhasset
    1st and 3rd Friday Evenings
    7:30pm - 9:00pm

  •   College Hunks Hauling Junk and Moving
    Currently Accepting: This company will find a way to donate or recycle your junk.
    Not Accepted: N/A
    Pick up or Drop Off: This organization will set up local pick up of unwanted items and find them a home somewhere else. Some of their pick up services might cost a fee.

  • Deceased Do Not Contact Registration
    When there is a death of a spouse contact the DMA's Deceased Do Not Contact list to reduce the number of calls and junk mail received in your spouse's name

  • Donate your car

  • Dress for Success
    Suits, shoes, boots, coats, hosiery, etc. and anything a women to start off her new life in the working field.
    They train these women first and get them ready for a new start in life.

    Brookhaven Town Hall
    1 Independence Hill
    Farmingville, NY 11738

  • Ann Marie Demaschek Ebay lady

    Guide to local resources including recycling centers, how to recycle, pollution prevention and how help
     protect the environment.

  •   Epilepsy Foundation
    Currently Accepting: Clothing, small furniture, household items, and media like books or DVDs.
    Not Accepted: Large furniture, mattresses, or large appliances.

  • Excess Access
    Links donors with non-profits in their area. Helps with furniture, electronic equipment, and appliances, building supplies, medical supplies, food, toys, and clothing
  • Freecycle
    Join the group in your community to offer anything and everything, for free Resources for locating and evaluating charities:

  •   Furniture Bank Association (FBANA)
    Currently Accepting: Furniture for families in need.
    Not Accepted: Clothing, shoes, and other personal items.
    Pick up or Drop Off: Check their online map for areas where pick up is available.

    Lists reports on more than 1,100 charities and your local office will have details on even more.

  •  Glass recycling

  • Goodwill Industries  631-462-4219
    Clothing, household items, electronics (at some locations), cars

    Goodwill turns books into jobs.
    People donate books to Goodwill
    We sell them in our retail stores
    Proceeds fund job training programs and career services for individuals with disabilities and disadvantages

  • Becca's Closet that collects gowns for girls who can't afford prom dresses. The drop-off locations are usually schools.

  •   Green Drop
    Currently Accepting: All donations must weigh 50 pounds or less.
    Not Accepted: See their list of non-acceptable items on their website.
    Pick up or Drop Off: Pick up and drop off is available in select locations.

  • Greeting Card System
    Greeting card system to organize their address book/birthday/anniversaries. Send Out Cards prints it, stuffs it, stamps it and mails it for less than a card at the store! Save time, money and never forget a birthday again Contact Jennifer Anderson 631-804-5981

  • Habitat for Humanity's ReStore
  • Hearing aids
    The Starkey Hearing Foundation distribute recycled hearing aids

  •  Sell you unwanted handbags for cash
    Call Lisa Malitz - Business Development Director: 203 521 6101

  • Heir Atlas
    Heir Atlas is a premier service that acts as a "central hub" empowering users to upload their list of assets and the location of said assets. Individuals monitor and update their content and can upload as much or as little information as they choose. Heir Atlas sends reminders to its subscribers so they can easily keep all of their information up-to-date. Discretion is paramount and our service does not require sensitive details (i.e.. account numbers or values). Our site offers bank-level security giving clients the peace of mind that any information, no matter how detailed, is secure.

  • Helping Hand Rescue Mission
    As a witness to the love of God, the Helping Hand Rescue Mission seeks to improve the spiritual and temporal conditions of the children, families and people of the communities that we serve by providing excellent service to all who come, whether they be rich or poor, high or low social status.  Wa are here to serve, love and give.

  • Home Cleaning Service:
    Teresa's Family Cleaning contact:
    Owner: Teresa Ward 631-744-4021
    Cleans throughout LI

  •    Housing Works
    Currently Accepting: Gently used furniture, antiques, art, jewelry, and rugs.
    Not Accepted: Damaged furniture, mattresses, appliances, or office furniture.
    Pick up or Drop Off: Drop off is available at any thrift shop location. You can also schedule a furniture pick up online.

  •   Human-I-T
    Currently Accepting: Electronics and technology.
    Not Accepted: Batteries or items that are cracked or compromised.
    Pick up or Drop Off: Pick up and shipping of technology is offered on their website.

  • INN (Interfaith Nutrition Network) 516-486-8506
    Accepts food items, clothing toiletry items, paper goods, as well as furniture.  They will pick up furniture but there is usually a waiting period.  The INN runs shelters and soup kitchens and has clothing distribution programs that addresses the issues of hunger and homelessness on Long Island.
  • ISibs Place at 516-374-3000
    They are located in Hewlett, NY. This is a support center for the siblings of children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. It’s a wonderful program and they accept toys

  •   United Jewish Council
    Currently Accepting: Clothing, accessories, houseware, and furniture.
    Not Accepted: Contact them directly for more information.
    Pick up or Drop Off: Pick up and drop off is available in NYC through the thrift shop Vintage Thrift.

  • Junk Busters (The Garage Sale Store, Inc) 516-378-6613
    This company specializes in tag sales. They will determine if there is enough to run a successful tag sale and then sell off things that have value for you. They also offer a clean out service to leave your apartment or house in broom swept condition before moving. They do deal with certain charities for the items that have not sold and will donate whatever they can for you.. The rest gets discarded. they will do one room to an entire house. Free estimates.

  • Kid Junk 1-866-KID-JUNK (1-866-543-5865)
    Kid Junk will remove any junk from residences and offices including attics, basements and garages.
    We will also remove any construction and yard debris.
    Demolition services are available upon request

  • The Kids Kloset - Selling and buying children’s clothing and ‘stuff’.

    Here's the basic idea. In spring and fall there is a weekend sale at a warehouse type location. Sellers sign up ahead of time and get a bar coded id and print their own price tags and label the items they want to sell. They drop the stuff off at an appointed time. When the sale is over, they get a check for the items sold and can pick up or donate whatever was not sold. The next sale is in April in Dix Hills

  • Long Island Charities Foundation - 1-888-516-2274

    Online pick up scheduling
    Free home pick up of clean, wearable clothing including: paired shoes, handbags, linens and stuffed animals. Please mark bags (no boxes) LIC pick up. Leave your clothing bags outside and visible from the street on your pick up day. Do not leave your clothing bag at the curb. Please place your donations out by 8:00 am on the scheduled pick up date. Your donations will be collected rain or shine by 4:00 pm that day.

  •   Lupus
    Currently Accepting: Clothing, shoes, and small household items.
    Not Accepted: Furniture or large items.
    Pick up or Drop Off: Pick up is available in Washington, D.C., Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, and Virginia. Drop off is available in Maryland area stores

  • Mattress Disposal

    Downsizing, settling an estate or liquidating a business? MaxSold saves you time, effort and stress, offering a one-stop sales solution for almost all your client's goods. With the exception of clothing (which will probably go to Goodwill) and the obvious trash (but you may be surprised at what we can sell!), MaxSold can sell practically everything in the house within two weeks

  • Mercy Thrift Shop in Hempstead accepts slightly used clothing, accessories, knick-knacks and small house-hold items. Call 516-481-9379 for drop-off

  • Mercy Center Ministries
    Mercy Center Ministries has three shelters for homeless teens and mothers. The administration office is located in Patchogue and our three homes are within a few miles. We only accept gently used items, we accept all household items from electronics to frying pans. We accept very gently used furniture of all types. We accept only new clothing and toys for. Contact the associate director Helen Harmon at Mercy Center Ministries Phone 631-447-3978

  • Mimi’s Closet Consignment Boutique
    127-8 Smithtown Blvd, Nesconset, NY (across from the Nesconset Library)
    They take upscale and new and gently used women’s clothing, shoes, handbags, jewelry and accessories (wallets, scarves, belts and hats) Turn your clothes into cash by appointment only.
    631-656-9066 Ask for Traci.
  • Musical Instruments
    Hungry for Music takes most instruments in any conditiona nd offers them to young musicians

  •   National Kidney Foundation
    Currently Accepting: Used clothing and small household items.
    Not Accepted: Cash, T.V.s, appliances, large furniture, or computers.
    Pick up or Drop Off: Pick up is available for specific locations.

  • Shleppers Moving and Storage
    1-800-847-4537 ask for Felicia

  • Office Supplies
    Office Candy
    For a desire for a more unique organizational style in your personal work environments.  Weekly organizing tips, weekly specials, updates on new and interesting product and any amazing special we feature

  • Sell your used wedding dress
    You pay a $25 listing fee, and the dress stays listed until it sells, a year or longer.

  • Painting
    Specialty wall finishes and faux finishes. Produce special effects on your walls. i used them myself 12 years ago and the wall still looks great!

  • Painting and Carpentry
    Blaine's Painting and Carpentry: Licensed and Insured serving all of LI  Call Jeff at 631-423-1855 or 516-318-1982
  • Phones
    Phones given to Cell Phones for Soldiers fund

  • Photos: Transfer your photos, VHS tapes, and 8mm movies to DVD format  856-809-9400
    Speak to Julie-Ann Morris, tell her I sent you to get great customer service

  • Pronto.
    They are a not-for-profit organization that helps the community in and surrounding Brentwood/Bay Shore. They take furniture and other items. They are located at 128 Pine Aire Drive and their phone number is 631.231.8290.

  • Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation
    Type in your city and state or zipcode and find the nearest collection site

  • Recycling
    This program helps the environment by providing a safe way to dispose of unwanted electronic devices. They even accept non-working devices and the parts will be recycled and used to generate funds for non-profit domestic violence advocacy and prevention agencies. Additionally, there is an incentive to receive a gift card with each donation. A great explanation of the program can be found here:

  • Recycling
    How to recycle over 200 everyday household items - ranging from old cell phones to yoga mats and shower curtains to crayons

  • Certified relocation and transition services

  • Remove Unwanted Catalogues
    Have your customer number ready on the back of the catalogue . Quick, fast, easy and no charge.

    SafeRacks is the premier provider of overhead garage storage. Our goal is to provide the highest quality ceiling racks designed to utilize wasted space in your garage. We pride ourselves on delivering the best product and supporting it with outstanding service

  • Salvation Army

  •   Secure the Call
    Currently Accepting: Used cellphones for seniors. They will even recycle broken phones.
    Not Accepted: Anything that isn’t a cell phone.
    Pick up or Drop Off: Free shipping is available.
  • Shoes
    Soles4Soles gives new and gently used footwear to people worldwide

  • Shopaholic: Try answering these questions on this website to determine if
    you are a shopaholic?

  • CodeShred has Long Island headquarters in Island Park. It does offsite shredding, pick-up and mobile shredding in its truck. Call toll free at 1-866-99-SHRED

  • Legal Shred
    55B Saratoga Avenue
    Island Park, NY 11558

  • Quality Shredding
    1014 Grand Blvd. Deer Park, NY.
    Tobi Innerfield
    Office: 888-495-8046
    Cell: 516-384-0690

  • Paper Shredding
    Joseph Emmi
    Operations Manager
    SafetyShred Corp.
    366 N. Broadway
    Suite 410
    Jericho, NY 11753
    Off (516) 465-9605 Off(855) SHRED-20
    Fax(516) 465-9606 Cell(516) 322-2099

  • Quilts
    Lavivi Love Quilts makes one-of-a-kind memorial quilts or wall hangings using fabric deconstructed from clothes belonging to the commissioning client's loved one. Also known as memory, bereavement, or tribute quilts, each is a comforting and beautiful reminder of love that is never lost. For additional information please contact or (516) 662-2953.

  • Quality Shredding
    1014 Grand Blvd. Deer Park, NY.
    Tobi Innerfield
    Office: 888-495-8046
    Cell: 516-384-0690

    The Sisters In Charge will offer you their expert guidance in sorting through your years of accumulated treasures. We will turn your unwanted items into newfound money. Put us in charge of organizing your sale.
    Give Denise a call Mobil(516) 238-1682 Sisters in Charge(631) 696-7860
    or write to the Sisters In Charge P.O. Box 144 Centereach, NY 11720
    A website they let’s you find and compare storage spaces. Climate controlled and other types

  • Special needs
    Life’s WORC offers a continuum of services for homes with those with special needs. They may be able to pay for services you may need if you qualify (have a disability). Contact them at 516-741-9000

  •  Tag Sales
    The Full Circle Estate & Tag Sales Services LLC is a leading estate and tag sale planner. people who are looking for assistance to settle an estate or are transitioning between homes. offers a comprehensive service in the sale of an estate or household that includes; researching, displaying, pricing, and advertising. They do all the work and conduct the sale with a staff of conscientious and experienced employees.
    Ask for Cynthia Illicete-Burns

  • TimeTo Play is a health and lifestyle website designed to promote the wellbeing and importance of leisure time in the working people’s schedule. The website has a list of professional resources who all advocate the importance of finding your happiness and work/life balance for the full-quality of a person's life. The forum allows visitors to share how they "play" by posting stories, pictures, or videos. People can post their club information to help promote and invite more members to join. The apparel line is all custom-made to fit each person's favorite hobby or activity. Time to Play was created by a working mother who has finally made some time to "play".


  • Town of Brookhaven Recycling

    Don't know what to do with your Electronic, Household, Hazardous Household, Yard, Recyclable, and other Odd waste?
    This site will help you learn how to recycle all types of items

    This company accepts all kinds of electronics, AV equipment, computers and parts, calculators, telephones, typewriters and even those extra wires. They repair and re-sell, or completely recycle everything they receive, and have a no-landfill policy. The company is Unicor Federal Prison Industries locates in Washington, DC. You just have to ship the stuff to them. You can write off the donation on your taxes.

  •   Vehicles for Charity
    Currently Accepting: Cars
    Not Accepted: A car without a clear title or car keys.
    Pick up or Drop Off: Arrange local pick-up and donate your car to a charity of your choosing.

  • Vietnam Veterans of America 800-775-8387 or 631-582-0242
    Will pick up items at your home. They accept clothing, kitchen wear, bedding, baby items, shoes, tools, small appliances, bric-a-brac, small furniture, TVs, radios, lamps, toys, jewelry, dishes, area rugs and other items in good condition.

  •   St Vincent DePaul
    Currently Accepting: Gently used clothing, books, toys, household items, and working appliances.
    Not Accepted: Anything that is broken or unsalable, medical items, and computers.
    Pick up or Drop Off: Find a clothing collection bins and drop off areas at churches listed on their local website.

  • Vintage & New, Wonderful things for your home and for you
    Stacy's Pattern finds Finders
    Cash in your vintage jewelry
    Port Jefferson, NY 11777, 631 928-5158

  • Wardrobe expert
    Carmen Adriana is a wardrobe expert and style coach

  • Westy Storage Centers fully air conditioned self-storage rooms.
    Call 516 433-5500 and ask to speak with Tim Mincin
    Tell him I sent you

  • Young Israel's Yeshiva - 516-483-5870
    Call Mrs. Miller to leave a message and schedule a pick up at your home. They accept clothing, shoes, blankets, linens

Cynthia Braun is a certified professional organizer for Suffolk County, New York