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Where and How to Discard Items that No Longer Spark Joy

Once you’ve gone through your organizing journey, you’ll more than likely have a pile of stuff that you no longer want or need and that no longer sparks joy for you. The next step is discarding these objects mindfully, and in a way that sparks joy for you.

While it may be tempting to just throw things in the trash and get them out of your house, that doesn’t let anyone else benefit. Just because you no longer need an item doesn’t mean it can’t be reused or recycled.

There are a number of ways you can discard your unwanted items, including: donate, resell, recycle.

What’s the best way to get rid of your unwanted items? The best way is in the way that sparks the most joy for you. (I wrote more about how to choose here.)

Below are a number of resources, broken down by category.

You can also find more resources here on the KonMari website, or here on CharityNavigator, or here on GuideStar. As always, when donating, do your research and choose organizations and causes that align with your values.


Local Resources Around the San Fransisco Area

Clothing

San Fransisco GoodWill

San Fransisco Dress for Success

San Fransisco FreeCycle

Oakland FreeCycle

The Bra Recyclers

Wardrobe for Opportunity

Out of the Closet

Parca

Books

Your local school, library, or hospital. (Always be sure to call ahead of time and see if they’re accepting donations!)

San Fransisco GoodWill

Friends of the Oakland Public Library’s Bookmark Bookstore

Pegasus Books

Spectator Books

Walden Pond Books

Paper

If you have questions about recycling paper, contact your local recycling center.

Misc/Komono

San Fransisco FreeCycle

Oakland FreeCycle

Bye Bye Mattress California Programs (for mattress recycling).

Berkley Parents Network’s Marketplace (for children’s items).

Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore (for home improvement items such as appliances, furniture, and building materials).

Tri-Valley Haven accepts donations in a number of ways, check their website for options and current requests.

Life Moves accepts a variety of personal and household items. Be sure to check their individual location’s lists before donating anything.

Community Thrift Store

Shanti Project

Project Night Night

Parca

Find out where to recycle your electronics here at CalRecycle.

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