Where to Donate and Recycle Household Items

Lynn @ Nourish and Nestle
by Lynn @ Nourish and Nestle

A list of where to donate and recycle household items after 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. I have put together a list of charities to donate and places to recycle household items and declutter.

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In her book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Marie Kondo stresses that 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 it’s 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 and charities where you can donate your gently used items and make them available to those who need it. If you’re documenting your donations to charity for tax purposes, here’s a site that gives suggested values of commonly donated items.


Where to Recycle Household Items:

  • The Earth911 site will provide locations in your area where you can recycle household items.

Computers and Electronics

  • Staples, Office Depot, Best Buy, and many other local computer repairs/sales stores will accept your computers and parts (including all those cords, wires, etc…) 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/ recycling department. Many have sites that accept these items.

Packaging Materials (that popcorn stuff)

  • The UPS store or another 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 have a list of charities and know where to donate and places to recycle …keep uncluttering!

Where to donate to charity and recycle: stacks of books and household items for donation

Interested in More Decluttering or Organizing Posts

Catch up on all 4 weeks of the Unclutter Your Nest Bootcamp here:

Week 1: Bedrooms and Bathrooms

Week 2: Kitchen and Craft/Office Space

Week 3: Den/Living Room/Play Room/Coat Closet/Laundry Room

Week 4: Attic and Garage

  • Other Decluttering and Organizing Posts:

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Personalized Kitchen Drawer Organization

Organizing and Storage Ideas for an Uncluttered Bathroom

Organized Closets and Cabinets

Organized Office and Craft Room

Clutter-Free Kitchen and Organized Linen Storage

Freezer and Refrigerator Organization that Works

Technology and Digital Declutter Ideas – Week 1

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