Finding things to wear in the morning is no longer an issue. - Bucky S.
Keeping things out of the landfill is a cornerstone of our business. Here are a few of the many Bay Area nonprofits that will gladly take your unwanted items.
Goodwill sells goods to break the cycle of poverty for thousands of local people through free training and work placement programs.
They accept: household items, bedding, towels, throw pillows, curtains, lighting, artwork, dishes, computers, networking equipment, televisions, printers, consumer electronics, bikes and boards, books and much more!
Donation sites in all over the bay area.
Scrap is a creative reuse center benefiting artists, teachers and makers!
They accept: art supplies, paper, textiles, signage and promotional items, buttons, beads, wire and notions, natural materials (feathers, pinecones, candles, wax), lab glass and plastics. Check out my post about SCRAP here.
801 Toland Street, San Francisco, CA 94124
SF Animal Care and Control
ACC is the city-run animal shelter in San Francisco. It's also where my husband and I adopted our beloved dog Rocco!
They accept: blankets, towels, pet carriers, pet food and supplies.
1200 15th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Building Resources - Salvage yard accepting home and garden building supplies.
701 Amador Street, San Francisco, CA
Dress For Success - They empower 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.
They accept: women's professional interview clothing (including suits, blouses, pants, jackets, blazers, skirts, dresses, shoes, jewelry, scarves and handbags). Items should be clean and not more than 5 years old.
500 Sutter Street Suite #218, San Francisco, California 94102
415-362-0034 (call first as they have specific drop-off dates)
Also check out the our RESOURCES board on Pinterest for more donation ideas.
Some reading to inspire you on your organizing journey:
Clear Your Clutter With Feng Shui by Karin Kingston
This is the book that sold me on the fact that clutter drains you of energy. It’s a wonderful book and a super-quick read. It forever transformed the way I viewed the “stuff” in my life!
Getting Things Done by David Allen
I read this book after hearing so much about it. He has devised a wonderful way of organizing and prioritizing all the many things we need to get done. I highly recommend it!
For more inspiration, sign up for the PICK IT UP newsletter Create Your Home. Look for it to arrive in your inbox every month or so.
Going green is a way of life for PICK IT UP! We are ridiculous fans of recycling. We love finding the perfect home for that ’80s sweater or an old pair of crutches. Don't get us started on our love of composting. Below are a few of our favorite green resources.
San Franciscans are lucky to live in one of the greenest cities in the world! The San Francisco Department of the Environment website is an amazing resource for everyone. Learn about the move toward Zero Waste and green programs throughout the city, and discover ways to safely manage your home and business.
Green Business Program
Through the SF Green Business Program you can find business that meet high environmental standards and are recognize by the city of San Francisco. PICK IT UP is a proud SF Green Business!
Environmental Working Group
This website arms consumers with all sorts of information for making healthy purchases for yourself and your family. Check out the Skin Deep guide to healthy personal care products and the Guide to Healthy Cleaning.
We all love our devices! But with the latest device, comes the inevitable e-waste. Our old electronics contain hazardous materials and need to be disposed of properly. Best Buy has a nationwide electronics recycling program. Drop off items such as used printer cartridges, old cell phones and laptops and at the store for free! For more information about e-waste recycling, check out this blog post about going green.
Stop Junk Mail
Stop the junk mail and save a tree! Fill out the postcard at this site and look forward to less junk in your mailbox.
Looking for more organizing inspiration? Take a look at the PICK IT UP blog!
We all need a little extra help now and then. Here are some of my resources to help make life a bit easier.
Shea English - Wardrobe Stylist
Shea helps her clients understand which styles look best with their body type, choose colors that enhance their natural palettes, and shop efficiently. Shea brings intelligence and experience to her clients and with that knowledge she will educate them on fit, how to create complete looks head to toe and walk out the door with confidence.
TaskRabbit is an online and mobile marketplace that matches freelance labor with local demand, allowing consumers to find immediate help with everyday tasks, including cleaning, moving, delivery and handyman work. Great for last minute stuff that you don't have time for!