Cleaning Out Mom & Dad’s House (Tucson, AZ)

| By Meredith Ford

During a lifetime, a person inevitably acquires things. These things can be the items you use to make your home comfortable and the things you need for living—the furniture and the household appliances. Then, there are the things you might acquire to make your home beautifulMoving—the art and the decorative knickknacks. There are the things you keep for entertainment—the books, the games, the model airplanes—and the things you keep for sentiment—your child’s elementary school drawings, the wedding dress, the wedding and birthday invitations.

At the end of a lifetime, we have accumulated a home filled with things that represent our lives. As elderly parents choose to downsize into a smaller home, or an assisted living facility, their adult children have to help sort through all those things. Donating goods is a kind and environmentally responsible option. Many organizations accept donations of clothing, household goods, furniture, appliances and more. To make it a little easier for you, we’ve created a list of organizations that accept donations within the Pima County area.

Habitat for Humanity HabiStore

935 W. Grant Road, Tucson, AZ 85705


Click here for information about making a donation and a list of examples of what the HabiStore can accept. Examples include tools, housewares, and lighting.

World Care

3538 E. Ellington Place, Tucson, AZ 85713


Donations can be dropped off at World Care, Monday – Friday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Click here to review their list of most-needed items. Examples include medical equipment (walkers, wheelchairs, canes), clothing, and electronics (keyboards, cameras, printers).

Pima County Library

Multiple locations

Donations can be dropped off at any library or at the Friends of the Pima County Library’s Book Barn is located at 2230 N. Country Club Road, Tucson, AZ 85716. Donations to the Book Barn can be made Monday – Saturday between 9 a.m. and noon. The library accepts donations of books, videos, DVDs, CDs, and audiobooks in good condition. Click here to see a list of their top 10 “most wanted” items.

Treasures 4 Teachers of Tucson

9095 N. Bald Eagle Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85742


Treasures 4 Teachers of Tucson is open Friday from 1:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Donations go to support local teachers and students. Examples of accepted items include 35 millimeter containers, blueprints, cassette tapes and cases, coffee cans with lids, buttons, refrigerator magnets, jigsaw puzzles, and more. Click here to view a complete list of items the organization accepts.

For all the items you can’t donate and are unsure of how to dispose of, use this website,, from the City of Tucson. Simply type in the item and your zip code, and it will return a list of disposal locations in the city.

For more information about hospice care in the Tucson area, contact Casa de la Luz at (520) 544-9890. Casa de la Luz would be happy to answer your questions  and schedule a free evaluation for hospice care with one of our nurses.

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