If you’re like everyone else who has totally gone through their house after watching Marie Kondo on Netflix, then you probably have a huge pile of stuff that no longer “sparks joy” and don’t know what to do with it. There are typically 3 things you can do with your items: trash, donate, or sell.
If you have to throw stuff away and you feel bad about adding to the landfills, remember that the damage is already done: the item was already made and bought and will either be trash in your house or trash in the landfill. The best thing you can do is change future purchasing habits so you have less to dispose of in the future.
You want to trash items that can’t be recycled. If you can recycle any of the items you are decluttering, that is much better than trashing them. Kent County has a great website where you can search for where to recycle almost everything you can think of. You can also recycle cotton clothes or jeans to turn into rags at In the Image.
Donate and sell are harder in my opinion because you want cash for your items, but it is a lot of work to sell items through consignments, craigslist or facebook marketplace. I recommend quickly going through your donate/sell pile and deciding what would be worth the time to sell and donating the rest to a thrift store with a cause you care about. If you itemize on your taxes, it could be beneficial to get a receipt when you donate so you can claim that on your taxes.
Comprenew (they resell what they can and recycle the rest)
Best Buy (they only recycle)
Clothes, Household Décor & Appliances
It’s worth mentioning again, that the Kent County DPW’s website is a fantastic resource for getting rid of almost everything in your house from paint cans, to appliances, to Christmas trees. They will let you know how to dispose of it safely in Kent County.