• Where You Can Give Clothes, Appliances, Even Bedsheets That Don't Spark Joy

    Make someone else happy by donating your pre-loved items!
    by Cielo Anne Calzado .
Where You Can Give Clothes, Appliances, Even Bedsheets That Don't Spark Joy
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  • Whether you’ve binge-watched Tidying Up with Marie Kondo on Netflix, done some New Year cleaning, or tried a Japanese cleaning ritual to organize your home, you’ll be left with only one inevitable outcome: a pile of items that you no longer use or need. What do you with the tambak and kalat? Aside from disposing the "THROW" pile properly, you need to sort through the items that are still in good condition. We’ve collated a list of organizations and places where you can donate clothes, books, and even old boxes. Keen on selling some of your old belongings? We’ve got a few places where you can sell your pre-loved items, too. Check them out below:

    Where to give your pile of newspapers, old towels, rags, and boxes

    PAWS and CARA

    The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) and Compassion and Responsibility for Animals (CARA) Welfare Philippines are two organizations that provide shelter and care to abandoned and maltreated animals. Both organizations provide a home to over a hundred animals, and they are always open to donations and volunteers. Help in your own little way by bringing old rags, towels, newspapers, and boxes to their headquarters. These items can help create a better environment for our furry friends. Visit their websites for details on how you can deliver donations.

    Where to donate books and reading materials

    Little Free Library Philippines

    Neil Gaiman once said that “books make great gifts because there are whole worlds inside of them.” Share the magic of reading by donating books to Little Free Library Philippines, a volunteer organization that aims to develop the culture of reading in the Philippines. Get in touch with them through Facebook.

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    Kariton Klasrum

    Founded in 2007 by Efren Peñaflorida, Kariton Klasrum has grown bigger, making education accessible to street children and poor communities. Support their passion for learning and education by sharing the reference materials you have in your home. Old textbooks, notebooks you haven’t used, and storybooks will surely be of great help to the volunteers and their students. Visit the Dynamic Teen Company website to coordinate with them.

    The Book Stop Project

    We’re sure you’ve seen the interesting pop-up library that’s built with shelves and a staircase where you can sit and read a book. The Book Stop Project has been making rounds, but you can find it in Intramuros, Ayala Triangle Gardens, and Quezon Memorial Circle. Click here for details on how to donate books.

    Where to donate gently used furniture and other home accessories

    Declutter MNL

    A Facebook group where you can learn a thing or two about decluttering and even sell some of the items you no longer need, Declutter MNL is a small community you can look into. The page administrator is accommodating and would gladly answer your questions. Follow their page to learn more.

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    Manila Furniture Buy and Sell

    It can be difficult to join the Manila Furniture Buy and Sell group on Facebook—and for good reason. You can find designer pieces, rare finds, and other quality picks. To know how you can post your items for sale, search for the group on Facebook.

    Bangkal

    Bangkal in Makati is a hotspot for antique furniture, home décor, and other interesting pieces. While the place is known as an affordable shopping destination, we learned that some store owners are open to acquiring new pieces they can resell. Click here to learn more.

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    Where to donate old clothes, bed sheets, etc.

    In any decluttering session, old clothes always turn up to be the biggest pile. Whether you have kids’ clothes or items that no longer fit, if there are no holes in it and it’s still wearable, it can still be used by others.

    Childhope Philippines Foundation, Inc.

    A non-profit, non-political, and non-sectarian organization that advocates for the cause of street children, Childhope Philippines Foundation, Inc. has street education and protection programs for the street kids of Metro Manila. According to their website, Childhope also aims to empower the kids and their families "to help them gain access to a more developmental and productive future." They accept donations, and through the Hope Closet program, you can donate pre-loved toys and clothes in good condition which they can pass on to beneficiaries or sell to help raise funds. For more details, get in touch with them through Facebook or their website.

    Citizens' Disaster Response Center

    The CDRC is a non-government organization that promotes community-based disaster management in the Philippines. They coordinate with different organizations and regional centers nationwide, always ready to help those in need during typhoons and other natural disasters. They are open to donations—from relief goods to non-food items like clothes, mats, and utensils. Click here for more details.

    Where to bring plastic bags, bottles, newspapers, and old appliances

    The Tzu Chi Foundation

    Known for its recycling projects, the Tzu Chi Foundation also has other programs that cover charity, education, and environmental protection, to name a few. You can donate old clothes and toys which they can sell in bazaars that fund their charity missions. They also welcome plastic bags and bottles which can be used in their other projects as well. Visit their website for more details.

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