04/06/2012 01:38 pm ET

Chicago Spring Cleaning: Where To Donate Used Goods To Make An Impact

As is often the case in Chicago, parking regulations that fluctuate with the seasons often serve as our cue that it's time for a change. With the launch of Chicago's fleet of street cleaners this week comes the not-so-subtle hint that it may soon be time for spring cleaning indoors, too. While simplifying your space can make a big difference in your own well-being, it's easy to make choices with the clothing, food, and other goods you're downsizing that will have a big impact on the community.

So as you gear up for some minor (or major) home life renovations, consider some of these vital Chicago nonprofits where your used belongings can do the most good.

Household Items:
Beneficiaries: Chicago's homeless and individuals and families at risk of losing their homes
Location: 1458 Chicago Ave., Evanston

The Brown Elephant
Beneficiaries: The Howard Brown Health Center, which provides services for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people who are uninsured or underinsured
Locations: 3651 N. Halsted St., 5404 N. Clark St., 217 Harrison St., Oak Park

Open Books
Beneficiaries: Avid and aspiring readers.
Location: Open Books
213 W. Institute Pl., Ste 207, Chicago

Dress Clothing:
Bridge to Success
Beneficiaries: At-risk, low-income, no-income men, women, and young adults seeking employment
Location: 3425 W. Fullerton Ave., Chicago

The White Elephant
Beneficiary: Children's Memorial Hospital
Location: 2380 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago

Office Equipment
Catapult Chicago
Beneficiaries: Start-up companies and struggling small businesses
Location: 321 N. Clark St. Ste. 2550, Chicago

World Computer Exchange
Beneficiaries: Youth in developing countries
Location: 11118 S. Rockwell, Chicago

Shelf-Stable or Non-Perishable Food:
The Greater Chicago Food Depository
Beneficiaries: Chicagoans experiencing food insecurity
Location: 4100 West Ann Lurie Place, Chicago

School Supplies:
Supplies for Dreams
Beneficiaries: Chicago Public School students
Location: Evanston

Musical Instruments:
Child's Voice
Beneficiaries: Children with hearing loss
Location: 180 Hansen Ct., Wood Dale

Sports Equipment:
Girls In The Game
Beneficiaries: Chicago girls and young women
Location: 1501 W. Randolph St., Chicago

Out with the old, in with the new? We understand if you need to make a buck on your old stuff. Here's where to sell it.

CDs, Records and DVDs:
Reckless Records
Locations: 3126 N. Broadway, 1532 N Milwaukee, 26 E. Madison, Chicago

Crossroads Trading Co.
Locations: 2711 North Clark St., 1519 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, 1730 Sherman Ave., Evanston

Myopic Books
Locations: 1564 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago

Any deserving organizations we missed? Tell us in the comments.