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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 facilitates the recycling of bras.

Wardrobe for Opportunity in their own words “works in partnership with community organizations to assist Low-income individuals in their efforts to Find a Job, Keep a Job, and Build a Career.”

Out of the Closet resells clothes where 96 cents of every dollar goes to HIV/AIDS services provided by AIDS Healthcare Foundation.

Parca accepts clothes, shoes, and small household items to support people with developmental disabilities.

Seconds to Go accepts donations of quality clothing, small furniture and appliances, kitchenware, jewelry, antiques, sports equipment toys, books, and accessories.

Clothing - Consignment/Selling

Goodbyes is men’s and women’s consignment with a minimum of $100 resale value per item. Three locations in San Francisco, CA.

Fashionphile focuses on handbags and accessories, offering both consignment and buyout programs. Consign in person at their San Francisco location, or contact them online.

Cris Consignment focuses on high-quality contemporary designers. Contact them for more information. They have one location in San Francisco.

Simply Chic consigns authentic pre-loved luxury goods from select designers visit their website for a full list.

Sui Generis accepts women's and men's designer clothing, handbags, shoes and accessories. Call them to make an appointment.

Labels Luxury Consignment consigns a mix of couture, trend, and vintage apparel and accessories. No appointment needed, but apparel is only accepted at one of there locations.

Jane Consignment consigns women’s Couture, Classic, Trendy, Ethnic, Vintage, Retro & the Unique Clothing, Shoes, Purses and other accessories. By appointment only.

Wasteland buys seven days a week with no appointment necessary. They look for designer labels, vintage from the 20s through the 90s, and some modern labels. Locations in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Studio City, and Santa Monica.

Mary’s Exchange consigns in season, and in style women’s clothes and accessories. No appointment necessary but see their hours.

Chloe’s Closet consigns boys and girls children’s clothes and toys. Please see their website for more details, hours, and locations.

Buffalo Exchange has three locations in SF - Telegraph, Berkeley; Haight Street, San Francisco; and Mission District, San Francisco

Plato’s Closet California Locations buys gently used teen and young adult style clothing and accessories that are name brands, cool, hip, trendy, clean and in good condition. With no appointment needed.

Crossroads Northern California Locations buys and consigns a variety of clothes. Take a look at their selling guide for the most up-to-date information about what they’re looking for.

ReLove buys vintage, independent labels and covetable designer clothes, shoes, accessories, jewelry for women and men. They suggest looking through their Instagram and online shop to get a sense of what they look for.

Chrysalis accepts donations of new and gently-used, ready-to-wear interview clothing and accessories for men and women as well as unused personal care products.

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 the proceeds from the sale of books at the store benefit the Oakland Public Library. Be sure to check their donations policy before donating.

Pegasus Books buys and trades books, CDs, and DVDs, and has three locations throughout the Bay Area.

Spectator Books buys books for store credit/trade. Look at their guidelines for more information.

Walden Pond Books buys books and records for cash or store credit. Be sure to double check what times of the month and year they buy 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 accepts donations on behalf of their charity partners, sell the items, and distribute the proceeds. They work with over 200 Bay Area charities, and you can choose which charity partner your donations go to.

Project Night Night accepts new children’s blankets, books, and stuffed animals. Please make sure your donations meet their donations requirements.

Parca accepts donations of clothes and small household items. Check their website for a full list of what they accept, and what they need the most. In their own words: “PARCA is committed to empowering people of all ages with developmental disabilities to make choices and have control over every aspect of their lives and our programs are a direct result of this commitment.”

Bay Home Consignment accepts furniture consignments. You can start the process by sending them photos and information about your item(s). Please double check their list of items they don’t consign.

Music Go Round California Locations. Resell your used, musical instruments and music gear.

Once Upon a Child California Locations. Resell your gently used children’s items. Be sure to check their requirements.

Play it Again Sports California Locations. Resell your gently used sporting equipment.

A Place Called Home accepts specific in-kind donations throughout the year. Be sure to look at the list of things that accept and in what months.

Find out where to recycle your electronics here at CalRecycle.

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US and Worldwide Resources

Clothing - Donations

GoodWill

Dress for Success

Operation Prom

Becca’s Closet

Soles4Souls

FreeCycle

Junkluggers

The Bra Recyclers

Terra Cycle

Clothing - Consignment/Selling

Poshmark

ThreadUP

DePop

The RealReal

Vestiaire Collective

Crossroads Trading

Buffalo Exchange

Thrift Town

Plato’s Closet

Style Encore

Rebag

LePrix

What Goes Around Comes Around

LXRandCo

Tradesy

Clementine (Based in Richmond, VA, they also accept consignments shipped from other locations).

Re-SEE for luxury and designer clothes.

Worthy for jewelry – rings, earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and watches.

Beacon’s Closet has locations in New York City, or you can sell your clothes via mail.

Books

GoodWill

Books for Africa

Re-Book It (based in LA)

Books Through Bars (based in Philadelphia)

Better World Books

Book Scouter

Paper

Recycling papers is one obvious solution. If you’re in the US be sure to look through the EPA’s guidelines for recycling different types of paper here.

Misc/Komono

FreeCycle

GoodWill

Homeboy Electronic Recycling (based in LA)

Apple Recycling Programs

Bye Bye Mattress

Habitat for Humanity

Amazon Trade-In

Dell Reconnect

Call2Recycle

Certified Electronic Recyclers

Insider has a list of the best thrift and consignment shops in each US state according to yelp reviews here.

OfferUp, LetGo, Dealo, and Mercari are apps for reselling a wide variety of items.

Trove for reselling used furniture.

Chairish for reselling used furniture, art, and décor.

eBay (of course!)

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