A Home for All Your Unwanted Items (Fall Edition)

For many Calgarians September really marks the beginning of a new year. It is an extremely busy month marked with the return to school, hectic schedules and ramped up workloads. I also feel the need to clean out closets, the garage, and the yard before we hunker down for what may or may not be a long winter. Summer months, in particular the wonderful one Calgary just experienced, are meant to be fully enjoyed. Household chores like these normally fall of the list – and they should!

Take some time to find a good home for any unwanted items. Knowing that items may end up in the hands of someone who could use or need them may provide some inspiration. Be strong and get started, and once finished quickly, find a home for all of the things you have sorted before you change your mind!

Old clothes


Many charitable organizations around Calgary will gladly accept donations of used clothing and other household items. Now that your kids are back in school, it’s the perfect time to go through their closets and clean out anything they don’t wear.

Making Changes Associations “Walk in Closet” accepts women’s working attire and “My Best Friend’s Closet” is all about functional and fashionable clothing for young teen girls.

Women in Need Society accepts donations of all clothing and household items at many store locations. They also offer a pick up service for larger items. Book online or call them.

The Drop In Centre has a new donation centre located at 3640 11A St. NE. They accept clothing, furniture and small household appliances.

Calgary Dream Centre accepts donation of men’s clothing.

Yard Waste

Yard Waste

This is the time of year when yard waste triples. Although the city landfill will take your yard waste away for you, they also have a better option. Check out the City of Calgary’s Leaf and Pumpkin Composting Program. Bring your yard waste to certain locations and the material will be composted instead of being thrown in a landfill. This year the program will run from September 25-November 8.


So many electronics and what to do with them?

Depending on the item, some organizations will gladly accept working electronics like computers or TVs. Laptops or notebooks are accepted by these various places.

If an item cannot be donated, it can be recycled at one of the many electronic recycling drop-off centres around the city. Find one close to you by visiting City of Calgary electronics recycling web page.


Women in Need or the Dream Center will accept furniture items


Kids Sports Equipment

New to Calgary this year is the Comrie Sports Equipment Bank. Their primary goal is to gather, recycle and redistribute equipment at no cost to those kids who would otherwise be denied the opportunity to participate. They have set up drop off locations around the city.

Hazardous Materials

Consult the City of Calgary site whatgoeswhere, to determine where to take those hazardous materials like paint, batteries and solvents. Many are accepted at certain Fire Stations around the city.

Construction Materials/Unwanted Fixtures or Appliances

Do you have unwanted tile, appliances or cupboards from your last renovation or perhaps an old light fixture that is in perfectly good working condition? These items might not be suitable to donate so try listing them on Renoback to see if you can find a home for them.

If you do not have the energy or the time to sort and deliver your items to the right places, I have found a company in Calgary that does just that. Check out YYC Junk, a fellow REAP member. Simply pull all of your unwanted items together and they will repurpose, recycle, or donate as many of your good condition items as they can. One call and you are done!


Have an item that you are unsure how to dispose of? Check out the City of Calgary’s What Goes Where search function and learn how you can dispose, or better yet recycle the item.

Better yet? Want someone to do it all from start to finish? Check out Who to Call for a list of organizing services, cleaning companies. They will work with you in your home to sort and clean out cupboards and closets, then deliver items to these locations for you. Perfect, right? Sign up on Who To Call and post your project and get uber-organized this fall.




Alana Kitchen
Alana Kitchen
Alana Kitchen, founder of Who To Call Inc. Taking care of a house with three boys I always needed a good drywaller on speed dial. When I moved to Calgary I quickly discovered it was an Olympic sport to find home service businesses that provided the quality service and advice I was looking for. This experience inspired Who To Call – a website dedicated to helping Calgarians find quality home service repair companies. Sign up to post your project and find quality companies today!
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