A Home for All Your Unwanted Items

Spring cleaning not only means dusting corners and cleaning furnace filters – see our previous post: The Ultimate Calgary Spring Clean Up Checklist – but also means weeding through your closets, cupboards, and dusty corners of your basement to figure out which items to keep and which to give away or toss.

Looking for some hard and fast rules? Sadly there aren’t any. Sorting can be stressful, subjective, ambiguous, fraught with sentiment and haunted by “what if”s. It is much easier to stuff it all out of sight and forget about it but that is why your closets and cupboards are so cluttered to begin with. “Stuff” causes stress, so get rid of the stuff you are not using.

Knowing that items may end up in the hands of someone who could use or need your unwanted possession 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

Unwanted Items


Many charitable organizations around Calgary will gladly accept donations of used clothing and other household items.

Making Changes Association’s “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 Center has a new donation center located at 3640 11A St. NE. They accept clothing, furniture and small household appliances.

Calgary Dream Center accepts donation of men’s clothing.


Unwanted Items


There is not a better time to pass along your unwanted books. With the 13th annual Book Drive and Sale sponsored by Servants Anonymous Society of Calgary about to begin you can drop off your gently used books to the Outpost Tent (Crossroads Market) from April 9-May 4 between 10 and 5 PM.


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 centers 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.ca to determine where to take those hazardous materials like paint, batteries, solvents need to go. 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!

Better yet? Want someone to do it all from start to finish? Check out whotocall.ca 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 spring.


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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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