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What to do with all the S**T I Just Tidied Up!

January is almost over!! I don’t know about you but cleaning and organizing during the first days of each year gives me a peace of mind !!

I also have noticed that everyone is loving the Netflix show Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. Have to say I haven’t watch but saw her once on a show where she talked a little about her organizing method. It is very interesting and with great tips but also I see people maybe doing this a bit as a trend. I am definitely not pointing fingers, everyone can do how they feel best but we need to consider what are we going to do with all the S**t we are putting in bags?!

At the end of the day it is important to know so we don’t just throw away things that will end up in landfills!!

Now What to do with all The S**T I just Tidied Up?!

For a long time this was always something that I struggled with. I used to donate most of what I could but what to do when some of your pieces are still new or in the extreme, had a great life but you can’t donate and you would throw it away?

With the years new options have come along and we should all pay a little attention;)


Today people are more conscious of giving a second life to clothes and stuff that you no longer have a passion for and why not earn a little income.

Consignment stores – there are probably several local consignment stores that you can take your unused or gently used clothes. They will pay at the moment or will give you a time for the pieces to sell, that will depend on the store and their policies.

Online-  there are several online stores that you can sell your clothes. Some of them even give coupons for your next purchases but it depends on their policies. These are some of them:

  • Thred Up – Online marketplace to buy and sell women’s and kids’ secondhand clothes.
  • PoshMark – Marketplace for fashion where anyone can buy, sell and share their personal style. They also include men.
  • Ebay– This is the most versatile site, you can sell everything and anything that you want to clear from your home.
  • The RealReal – Site for online luxury consignment with multiple locations across the United States that accept and ship product worldwide.
  • Facebook/Craiglist- You can sell your items on local groups.


Donating has always been the original way to go when you wanted to clean your closets. You either gave it to family or took them to any of the following:

  • Goodwill
  • Salvation Army
  • Local Churches
  • Local Charities or shelters
  • Dress for Success- “International not-for-profit organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.” You can donate to this organization your women clothes and help other women achieve their goals.
  • Soles4Soles– “Your new and gently-worn shoes help individuals start and sustain small businesses to lift themselves out of poverty. Donated shoes are a viable resource to help entrepreneurs provide crucial necessities for their families.” If you never know what to do with some of your shoes this is an awesome idea that also help others.

An important thing when donating to thrift stores is to learn what they will do with what they don’t sell or keep. Will they recycle? Or just dump it? It defeats the purpose if it will quickly end in a landfill. Just be conscious about your donating, there are other ways that you should explore !


Last but not least, this is the part where I was always left thinking of what to do with some items. Items that were not longer in good shape, faded, unusable and I would never donate! The following are a list of places were they will recycle items that can no longer have a life. Some of these places even give you an incentive for a new item that you need.

  • Madewell– They collect your jeans in store and give you a discount! They have a denim recycling program that is good to check out!
  • H&M – H&M is a store that is also collecting clothes for recycling. In their case it is more than just jeans. They also have other stores under the H&M group. Go and read a little on what are their plans and how are they working to make H&M more sustainable. I know this brand has created issues in the past but I understand that they are working to get better. Let’s keep an eye on them! 😉
  • Levi’s – You can take your jeans in stores or outlet stores! Read their program to see what incentives and how they will use the recycled material.
  • Brarecycling- This is amazing! In my case underwear is difficult to decide what to do with it and most of the items end up in landfills. Love their mission and purpose, I had never heard or done it but this year I’ll give it a try. Let’s do this!
  • Kiehl’s– When we clean up we also tend to find bottles that we don’t want or use anymore, instead of trashing them you can take them to Kiehl’s. Read more to learn how to do it!
  • Local Recycling Bins- You might be surprised, some towns have bins for recycling shoes, textiles! Just look if your town has one and recycle! Another way is to host a bin, you can get involved with Planet Aid and learn more.
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What?! You didn’t know about this… well me neither, for the most part. It has been a great learning experience researching all of this and I bet there is a lot more things that we could do to prevent “stuff” from ending in the wrong place!

Have you ever done any of these, especially the recycling? I would love to here from it in the comments?

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  • Melisa from cRushing motherhood

    Great post and resources! I’m definitely in the mood to declutter and this will be invaluable!

    • elementsofalicea
      Melisa from cRushing motherhood

      Great that I can help! I am always trying to find ways to be able to minimize the impact to environment and we often forget that all of our things end up in landfills!

  • Kristen Still

    I was just thinking I have a lot of “stuff” I need to get rid of! My son will be one this week so we have baby stuff everywhere! Thanks for this post!

    • elementsofalicea
      Kristen Still

      You know what is my favorite Consignment place for kids things is Once Upon a Child! They accept mostly everything and you can get a bit of money for things that he might need! Look it up to see if you have one close to you! Happy bday to your baby!

  • lynn armstrong

    Thanks for all your tips. I dive up all my donations too. To moms in need, shelters and missions. I didn’t know Kheils took bottles back!

  • Laura

    This is a great list of ideas! We tend to do consignment stores and whatever doesn’t sell gets donated to Goodwill! Very little do we actually throw away!

    • elementsofalicea

      That at the end of the day is the goal! Throw away as little as possible and learn a little of what some consignments and thrift stores do with what they don’t sell, some at the end still throw in the trash.

  • Shannah

    Yes new year is time to de clutter and get rid of the things we don’t need. I haven’t watched the Netflix show yet. I didn’t know that about the recycling stores! Great tips thanks!

    • elementsofalicea

      You’re Welcome!

  • Lyndsay

    Great post and perfect timing! I donate and recycle what I cant sell! And I do my best to jot throw anything away unless it truly needs to be in the trash.

    • elementsofalicea

      That is how this info came to my head. I was in search of what to do with the items that could no longer find a way to reuse. I came upon surprising places that you actually can recycle items that you would otherwise throw away.

  • Raluca

    I didn’t know about H&M and Kiehl’s and Levi’s! I always took the clothes to charity or recycling bins, o thanks for the tips!

    • elementsofalicea

      Yes!!! I already knew about H&M but it is surprising to learn how many stores are adopting this practice. Plus you get a little something back 😉

  • Jacquie

    Love these ideas. How about upcycling and create wonderful new projects–kind of like recycling, I guess?

    • elementsofalicea

      That is an amazing option! If one is creative and can figure out how to reuse and recycle it would be the best thing to do.

  • Sarah

    Great resources. Thanks for sharing these ideas.

    • elementsofalicea

      You are so welcome!

  • Ashley

    This is helpful! I usually just donate most of it. Easier that way.

    • elementsofalicea

      It is the easiest for sure! I always was left unease with the items that I could no longer donate and just threw them in the garbage.

  • Emily

    This is great info! I’m going through a huge closet purge, so I will definitely be using these to decide where to throw all my S**T! 😉

    • elementsofalicea

      Great! I found so much info on how to dispose and there is so many things that can be done!

  • marie

    I laughed so hard at your image that said “Less S**T in landfills”. Funny, but so true. I never know what to do with the things we don’t use anymore, but now I have a plan!

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