Where to Recycle and Donate when Decluttering

A list of where to recycle and donate after your decluttering.

So, you caught the decluttering bug and have been incredibly productive and ruthless in unearthing the unnecessary, redundant and unwanted ‘stuff’ that has been hiding in your home for years and now you would like to find a new home for it. OR…you know you need to get busy ridding your home of clutter, but are just putting your plan in place.

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In her book, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Marie Kondo stresses that an the purpose of an object is to bring joy. If an item no longer brings you joy or has a purpose in your life, you are doing that object, and the person who does need or get joy from the object, a great service by bringing them together. I find it’s always easier to remove stuff from my home when I know its going to someone who will put it to good use.

So, not only would you like your discards to land somewhere where they might be useful, but we surely don’t need to add more to our landfills. What do you do with all your discards and where to recycle?  I’m here with some answers.

There are many agencies which will take your gently used items and make them available to those who need it.  If you’re documenting your charitable contributions for tax purposes, here’s a site which gives suggested values of commonly donated items.

Where to Recycle and Donate Your Gently Used Items:

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 Where to Recycle Items:

  • The Earth911 site will provide locations in your area for recycling many items.
  • Computers and  Electronics
    • Staples, Office Depot, Best Buy and many other local computer repair/sales stores will accept your computers and parts for recycling (I was told they take most everything but televisions).  Take out or wipe your hard drive first.
    • Contact your local solid waste/recycling department.  Many have sites that will also recycle these items.
  • Compact Fluorescent and Rechargeable Batteries
    • Home Depot and Lowe’s Home Improvement
  • Paint and Fertilizers
    • Contact your local solid waste/recycle department.  Many have sites that accept these items.
  • Packaging Materials (that popcorn stuff)
    • The UPS store or other local shipping store will often accept this
  • Wire Hangers
    • Dry cleaners will often gladly take wire hangers
  • Prescriptions and Medications
    • Check to see if your local Walgreens has a collection kiosk
    • Use this tool to find authorized DEA collection site.

 

Now that you know where to recycle and donate…keep uncluttering!

If you've been busy decluttering, you have piles of stuff that now needs a new home. This list of where to recycle and donate after you've decluttered your space will come in handy.

 

 

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5 Comments

  1. Mary

    March 21, 2018 at 10:56 am

    I am in the process of redoing the house. And you can bet there is more than enough stuff that needs to go. My plan of action will be to have a yard sale when the weather gets better and then to donate like crazy. But only when my dad is not looking cause he hates to get rid of his stuff.

    Reply
    • lynn

      March 22, 2018 at 7:38 am

      I know you are having a blast making home! I can tell from just visiting and seeing your daughters’ room. But oh my, a yard sale is so cathartic! Maybe send dad away for a little vacay that weekend.

      Hugs, Lynn

      Reply
  2. Joy Gwilliam

    March 21, 2018 at 1:48 pm

    Hey there Lynn,
    Thanx so much for the information. I really appreciate it.
    Sincerely,
    Joy

    Reply
    • lynn

      March 22, 2018 at 7:36 am

      You are so welcome my friend! Hope you will find it useful!

      Have a great day.

      Hugs, LYnn

      Reply
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