The clothes you love are easier to find, your tupperware doesn’t fall on your head when you open the cabinet, and you feel more settled.
But wait. What the sock do you do with that big pile of stuff you don’t want?
We feel you! It takes time and effort to figure out where to take everything. So we compiled a list to help you out.
There are lots of options for wearable clothing.
Donation Bins - If you live in a city there is likely a bin in a parking lot near you.
Shelters - Got women’s work clothing? Look for a local women’s shelter or charity. That old suit can help a struggling woman more than you can imagine. Googling can help you find a suitable place.
The Salvation Army and other local charitable organizations - You might be surprised at the number of places to donate items around you. Google it!
Consignment shops - You spent a lot on that dress you wore once, get a little money back! Again, you’ll need to do some Googling or ask friends but it’s a great way to get your old clothing to someone who will love it.
This can be tricky. Some clothing donations will take unwearable items and get them to an actual fabric recycler but others will pitch unwearables in the dumpster. Our advice, call and ask questions.
Shameless plug alert! You can get rid of those hole-y socks and undies by signing up for a Basic Revolution subscription. We’ll send you awesome sustainably-made socks. Then you can fill our box with all the hole-y stuff you can fit, slap on our pre-printed mailing label and send it to a second life -- not a landfill!
We didn’t know what to do with that 100 disc changer either.
And if it’s usable and not outdated (we’re looking at you discman) there are several online retailers that will buy used electronics. You can sell old camera equipment here.
Check your local recycling guidelines, you might be able to put them in your bin.
You can also donate, sell, go to a book swap, or start a free little library. Here's a link with more info on all those options.
These can usually be donated to a local resale shop. The Brown Elephant in Chicago is a great place to donate furniture, housewares and decor, clothing and shoes.
We’ve said it a lot but Google is a great way to find these stores.
Being Sustainable is an Investment
We know, the time it takes to find the right place can be frustrating and push you towards the trash can.
So once you find the right places, write it all down. Next time you can reference your list and save a ton of time.
Another tip, share your knowledge! Post your list on your Facebook page, a Facebook mom’s or neighborhood group. Or post it to our Facebook page.
The more we share what we’re doing to be sustainable and how, the more we can keep items out of the landfill.