Moving out Info for MIT students


May 20, 2013

Are you moving out soon?  Arrange a free pickup of your good-condition furniture!  Visit cambridgeMA.gov/furniture for an interactive list of organizations and details on pickup and drop-off options. These groups taking living, dining and bedroom furniture…and put them to good use. Groups with a star (*) also take mattresses in good condition. Plus, they’ll pick up your stuff for free!

  • MIT Furniture Exchange 617-253-4293 or fx@mit.edu (free pickup for large donations only)
  • Salvation Army* 1-800-SA-TRUCK or use their online form
  • MA Coalition for the Homeless 781-595-7570 x13 or albenny@mahomeless.org
  • Aid to Incarcerated Mothers* 617-536-0058
  • Boomerangs 617-309-7220 or use their online form
  • Epilepsy Foundation 888-322-8209 or use their online form

Call at least a week or two ahead to arrange a free pickup.

If you need to dispose of stuff quickly, then you can sell or give things away through boston.craigslist.org or freecycle.org.  Postings are free, most do better with a photo and it’ll be gone in no time. If it’s a ripped, torn, stained, about-to-fall-apart mess…unfortunately it probably is trash! City trash crews will pick up ONE piece of furniture per week from residences served by the Cambridge Department of Public Works. Remember, it’s heading to the landfill or incinerator if you choose this route, so, if it’s usable and is in good condition, please see what you can do to arrange a rescue!

If you are cleaning out your closet, visit here to see where to donate your stuff in Cambridge, including clothing drop boxes, thrift stores, consignment shops, and secondhand stores.  These groups take clothing, shoes, belts, purses, hats, linens, stuffed animals, and fabric scraps. Just no dirty rags, nothing wet, nothing soiled, no carpets, no rugs, and no mildewed items. If it’s not wearable, damaged clothing is recycled into wiping rags and everything else is processed back into fibers used to make paper, yarn, insulation, carpet padding, and sound proofing.

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