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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.

Simply Chic

Sui Generis

Labels Luxury Consignment

Jane Consignment

Wasteland

Mary’s Exchange

Chloe’s Closet

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

Thrift Town

Plato’s Closet California Locations

Crossroads Northern California Locations

ReLove

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

Bay Home Consignment

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.

Chrysalis accepts select goods for donation.

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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