The 13 Best Ways to Get Rid of Stuff You Don’t Want Anymore

The 13 Best Ways to Get Rid of Stuff You Don’t Want Anymore

By ALLISON MCCARTHY 

You’d think that years of apartment living would have made us San Franciscans the queens of minimalism. But somehow clothes, shoes and books always seem to take over our living spaces. (Repeat after us: Bay-window loveseats do not count as second closets.) Now that winter is officially over, it’s prime time for spring-cleaning. So put on your KonMari hat and start the purge. Here are the absolute easiest ways to get rid of everything you don’t want anymore.

WHEN YOU WANT TO MAKE SOME EXTRA CASH

You bought those Giuseppe Zanotti stilettos because they made your legs look killer, but they’re way too high for San Francisco hills. Remove them from the “stuff I’ll probably never wear again but you never know” section of your closet and post them on an app such as PoshmarkTradesy or ThredUp. You’d be surprised how much you can actually make, and you’ll steer clear of the judgy looks from buyers at Wasteland and Buffalo Exchange.

WHEN YOU JUST WANT TO DONATE

All the non-designer stuff that’s taking up precious space in your closet is screaming to be donated, but you’ll never make it to Goodwill on foot with bags that weigh more than you do. Wovin will take your castoffs, and you don’t even have to leave the house. Just download the app, schedule a free pickup and pack up bags or boxes with your old stuff—everything from clothes and shoes to pillows, towels and bedding. It’s all tax deductible, and the goods go to a number of local charities.

WHEN YOU NEED SOME GUIDANCE

We get it: A closet overhaul is not to be taken lightly (even if it’s sorely needed). And it’s best done in the company of experts—otherwise, you’ll hold on to that pair of vintage Levi’s from high school forever. That’s where Cary Lane’s styling service comes in. The retailer sends a professional stylist to your home to help you figure out what to toss, what to keep and what key pieces to consider adding to give you the well-edited closet of your dreams.

WHEN YOU WANT TO GET RID OF SOMETHING BIG

That teal couch that never quite fit in your apartment? There’s always Craigslist, but may we suggest a few updated alternatives? LetGo is an online marketplace where you can sell anything from an Amazon Echo to a mountain bike. The app makes it easy to post products in a snap. Trove is a good option for furniture—listing is free, and you can show your availability to meet potential buyers right in the app. If you’re looking to unload high-end home goods, try Chairish. Your items will have to be approved first, but when they sell, you’ll reap 80 percent of the sale price.

WHEN YOU NEED TO UNLOAD OLD ELECTRONICS

You want to get rid of a broken TV and that old BlackBerry from 2007, but you can’t throw them out because electronics contain toxic materials that don’t belong in landfills. Drop them off at  Ewaste SF’s recycling center in the Mission, or schedule a pickup for $49. (There is an additional cost to recycle certain items, so check this list beforehand.) Recology Recycling allows you to schedule one free bulky-item pickup, so save this option for something like a refrigerator or washing machine. For a complete list of nearby e-cycling centers—they’re everywhere—check Greener Gadgets.

WHEN YOU WANT TO DONATE TO A GOOD CAUSE

Your new office has a pretty lax dress code, but you still have a bunch of J.Crew blazers and Banana Republic button-downs from a past corporate life. Donate them to Dress for Success, which provides women in need with interview-appropriate outfits. And those bridesmaid dresses you wore only once? They’re destined to make high school girls feel like a million bucks through The Princess Project.

I read this article at: https://www.purewow.com/home/donate-or-sell-your-stuff-san-francisco?utm_medium=email&utm_source=sf&utm_campaign=21477&utm_content=30_Days_editorial

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Where to Donate Your Professional Clothes!

Where to Donate Your Professional Clothes!

Just recently I came to the sad realization that me feet, had in fact, grown.  A whole size.  Add to that a horrible bike accident and recovery – let’s just say comfort is now the number one factor when buying new, larger shoes.

Standing to my knees in shoeboxes of high heels one size too small I didn’t know the best place to donate them so I reached out to my Facebook friends.  Thank you Karen for the Urban League.  Currently located in Sacramento – here is their website:  http://nul.iamempowered.com

Thank you fellow NDB tiger, Aaron for Dress for Success, https://www.dressforsuccess.org, and Wardrobe http://wardrobe.org.

Dress for Success is having an event this Month –  Tuesday, July 25th from 1-4pm at 500 Sutter Street, Suite #218 in San Francisco.  Details can be found here: https://sanfrancisco.dressforsuccess.org/get-involved/donate/  They have a few dates in August too!

I found this article by Closet Factory about donating clothes and have shared it below.  It always feels good to help those in need.  Susan and I have cleared out our closets and are excited to donate our clothes to women in need.  We know – nothing makes you feel better than a pair of great looking and feeling shoes.

Pay it forward,

Sabrina & Susan

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Declutter Your Closet: The Best Charities for Donated Clothing

When you declutter your closet, which should be at the top of your list of things to do when considering buying a custom closet, it can be hard to decide what to do with the items you’re parting with. Donating it to charity is the logical response, however, many Americans have thought twice about donating their used clothing after hearing news reports state that a large portion of their donations are shipped to third world countries and sold for a profit. Naturally, people are torn between wanting to help the less fortunate and knowing big business is profiting from their donations.

However, donating your decluttered closet items to charity is still a good idea. It certainly is a better alternative to throwing your once precious possessions in the trash. The trick is to choose a charity that directly distributes your clothing to people in need or if you donate to an organization that sells clothing, make sure that a large percentage of their profits goes directly to charity. Below is a list of organizations that donate clothing directly to people in need. If these charities don’t have a chapter located near you, don’t give up. Chances are, you have a local organization that is doing similar work, so all you need is a little research to make sure your donations go to a good home.

Dress for Success: With national affiliates all over the U.S., this is the perfect place to take all your work clothes and shoes that you no longer wear. Their philosophy is to promote self-confidence and economic independence for disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, mentor support and career development training. The organization distributes your donations to disadvantaged women who need business outfits for job interviews.

Career Gear: This charity does for men what Dress for Success does for women. They provide professional clothing, mentoring and life-skills to help low income men get the clothing and toiletries they need for job interviews. There are several locations on the East Coast and in various parts of the Southern U.S.

Cinderella Project: Here’s where you can take all those old bridesmaid dresses you’ll never wear again. This New York state based organization takes donated formal dresses and gives them to teenage girls who can’t afford to buy a prom dress. There are similar sister projects like this such as The Princess Project in California. Check your local community listings to see if you have a local organization that does the same thing.

Big Brother Big Sister Foundation: This foundation accepts any type of clothing in good condition and all donations go to the foundation’s resale stores. 100% of the proceeds benefit the charity which pairs adult mentors with at-risk kids. You can even schedule a pickup online and they will come get your donation.

Vietnam Veterans of America:
This national non-profit provides support and services for all military veterans returning home after serving and aid for homeless and disabled vets. They accept all types of clothing, shoes and accessories in good condition for children and adults.  Then they sell the donated items in their resale shops with the proceeds going directly to the VVA. They will also come and pick up your donation, which you can schedule online.

As you can see, there are many places to find good homes for the clothing you no longer have a use for. Decluttering your wardrobe closet not only helps you feel good but it can also help others feel better about their lives. Go to our Closet Factory blog for more tips on how to live a life free of clutter.

This was a fun blog – thank you for your help friends – let’s pay it forward.  -Sabrina

I read this article at: https://www.closetfactory.com/blog/declutter-your-closet-the-best-charities-for-donated-clothing/

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Thanks for reading – Sabrina

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