During the de-cluttering and organizing process, you will find things you no longer need, want, or love. The Innovative Organizer, LLC recommends the following resources for you to responsibly donate, recycle, sell, or dispose of your discards, and reduce your clutter. Check back often for additional resources.
RESOURCES FOR DONATIONS
Your donations may be tax-deductible. To determine the value of your donations, try using the free resource, ItsDeductible.
The Innovative Organizer, LLC recommends these local Goodwill Store & Donation Centers:
1420 Illinois Route 59
Bartlett, IL 60103
260 Randall Rd
South Elgin, IL 60177
Charity Pickup Service The pickup service for Purple Heart, Vietnam Vets, and local charities in Chicagoland, NW Indiana, and Cleveland. Accepts gently used clothing, shoes, and household items, including small furniture items a single driver can carry. Cannot accept large furniture, appliances, computers, or TVs. Schedule your donation pickup online or call 1-877-33-REUSE.
Wayne Township Clothes Closet, 27W031 North Ave., West Chicago, IL 60185. 630-231-7140. Open 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Accepts donations of new and gently used adult and children’s clothing and shoes, household items and small electronics.
The Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago Schedule a pick up online for clothing, furniture, and household items. Visit their website for a list of acceptable items.
Sharing Connections in Downers Grove, IL distributes donated furniture and household items to those in need. They accept mattresses, sofas, love seats, and other furniture and will pick up within a specified radius.
ReStore, part of Habitat for Humanity, has 825 locations in the US and Canada. Donate new and gently-used furniture, home accessories, building materials, home improvement goods, and appliances. These items are sold to the public well below the retail price and proceeds are used by local Habitat for Humanity affiliates to build and renovate homes. Check with your local store for hours and acceptable items.
Locally, The Innovative Organizer, LLC recommends
800 North State St
Elgin, IL 60123
RESOURCES FOR RECYCLING
Find a recycling center near you for just about anything at search.Earth911.com
Electronics Recycling: GreenerGadgets.org Enter your zip code to see a list of manufacturers, retailer, and certified electronics recyclers in your area.
Refrigerators & Freezers: ComEd offers its customers a $50 rebate for recycling their old working fridge or freezer and will pick it up for FREE. Check your eligibility and schedule an appointment at ComEd.com. Or call 888-806-2273 for ComEd to pick up your fridge or freezer for free and receive your rebate. This program is part of ComEd’s Smart Ideas® energy efficiency programs.
SCARCE (School & Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education) www.scarceecoed.org/recycling/scarce-recycling.html Ongoing collections for small electronics, books, holiday lights, cell phones, ink jet cartridges, office and school supplies, and other items.
799 Roosevelt Rd
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
Drop off M-F 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The Stuff Stop is a free nationwide community resource website that provides information to match up your unwanted stuff with local charities, ministries and companies that connect it with people in need. Check out their website at The Stuff Stop to search by LOCATION or by STUFF when you are ready to dispose of those things you no longer need, want, or love.
Many retailers offer recycling for a wide variety of items like batteries, cell phones, and small electronics. Check with these retailers:
- Best Buy
Car Batteries, Motor Oil and other Automotive Waste – check with your local auto parts retailer, as many collect waste for recycling. Check with these retailers:
- Advance Auto Parts
- O’Reilly Auto Part
Freecyle – non-profit group of members giving away (and getting) items for free, keeping reusable goods out of landfills. Membership is free. Search for a group in your community.
RESOURCES FOR RESALE
Resale can be another way to clear out some of your clutter and make some money at the same time! The Innovative Organizer, LLC recommends the following resources for selling items you no longer need, want, or love.
CLOTHING AND ACCESSORIES:
Swap.com it is the largest online consignment store for kids’ items. They also consign toys, juniors, maternity, and women’s clothing. Swap.com makes buying, selling, and swapping hassle-free. Read more here.
Women’s Clothing and Accessories
Clothes Mentor will pay you cash immediately for your gently-used better brand-name women’s clothing and accessories that are clean and in-style. U.S. locations in 24 states. Locate a store near you using the Clothes Mentor Store Locator.
Teen and Young Adult Clothing and Accessories
Plato’s Closet pays cash for gently-used trendy clothing for girls sizes 0/1 to 15/16 and guys sizes 28 to 40 waist that sold in retail stores in the past 12 – 18 months. Perfect for teens who quickly outgrow clothing or change styles. Check out how it works and locations near you. Stores in most states in the US , and some stores in Canada.
Baby and Children’s Clothing
Moxie Jean is an online upscale resale store for better quality, like-new baby and children’s clothing, premie through size 8. Clothing must be in excellent condition. Receive cash, store credit, or a donation to patients at Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago for acceptable clothing. To sell, simply request a pre-paid mailer bag, add your like-new clothing, and drop it in the mail. Read more about how to sell to Moxie Jean.
RESOURCES FOR JUNK REMOVAL
Need help donating, recycling, or disposing of things you no longer want to keep? The Innovative Organizer recommends the following junk removal services:
These companies keep as much as possible out of the landfills by recycling or donating the majority of the items they pick up.
Contact The Innovative Organizer, LLC for more information.
REDUCING JUNK MAIL
Receive a lot of unsolicited junk mail? You can get your name removed from mailing lists!
PaperKarma® – PaperKarma® lets you take photos of the unwanted mail you want to stop. Snap a photo, and you’re done.
www.dmachoice.org – register with the Direct Marketing Association to be removed from mailing lists
www.OptOutPrescreen.com – the official Consumer Credit Reporting Industry website to opt-in or opt-out of firm offers of credit or insurance
www.catalogchoice.org – Free service to opt out of catalogs, credit card offers, coupons, phone books.
www.41pounds.org – Environmentally-focused service to reduce junk mail. For a fee of $35, your junk mail will be reduced.
www.privacyrights.org – Read Fact Sheet #4 titled Junk Mail: How Did They All Get My Address? Be cautious when using the USPS Change of Address!
www.fightidentitytheft.com/junkmail.html – information on stopping junk mail and telemarketing.
Catalogs – Call the number on the catalog and ask to be removed from their mailing list. When you order from a catalog or online, ask that your name not be added to their mailing list.
Credit Card Offers – 1-888-5OPT-OUT or 1-888-567-8688 – Call to opt-out of pre-approved credit card offers