Where to Donate Your Stuff After Decluttering?

I’m so happy to see a lot of people who are now motivated to declutter their home, thanks to Marie Kondo’s Tidying Up show in Netflix. If you haven’t seen it, I encourage you to watch! Below is the official trailer. Seeing her in action and the transformation stories are totally inspiring! (If you’re not yet subscribed to Netflix, you can join free for a month - more than enough to binge watch the entire season!)

Having gone through the KonMari method myself, and in guiding people in their decluttering journeys, I’ve witnessed first hand the joy it brings not only to a physical space, but to one’s lives as well. I always tell people that decluttering is simple but not easy. It is tiring physically, emotionally and mentally that’s why having a coach like Marie Kondo makes the process less overwhelming.

Another thing that can be as overwhelming is dealing with the aftermath of decluttering - the things we wish to discard as they no longer spark joy to us.

You can opt to give them away or sell those you’ve hardly used or brand new. Just make sure that they’re worth your time and effort and that you keep them to a minimum. Otherwise,  you’ll end up with yet another pile of stuff in your home.

Learning from experience, it’s always better to get rid of the items you’ve decided to let go as soon as possible. A good way to do this is by donating your unwanted stuff to charitable institutions that already have a system in place to recycle, re-use or sell your unwanted items. Doing so gives a whole new meaning to the items you chose to let go because they can be a source of joy to others.

If you’ve thanked and said goodbye to your belongings and looking for a place to donate them, here are 5 places that are ready and willing to accept a wide range of stuff from your closet, kitchen, playroom, or garage to support different causes in the country.

 1. Tzu Chi Foundation Philippines

Located in: Quezon City

What to donate: 

clothes, bags, shoes, glassware, appliances, household items, kid’s toys, and other recyclable materials like card boards, paper bags, newspaper, metals, plastic bottles, etc.

Why donate here:

This non-profit organization founded by a Buddhist nun, Dharma Master Chen Yen in Taiwan, aims to deliver compassionate relief to victims of natural and man-made disasters, underprivileged students and less fortunate families in the Philippines. They have thousands of volunteers who sort donated items that can be given as a relief good, or sold in their big-scale charity bazaars to help fund their future missions. They also have recycling programs to help protect the environment.

How to donate here:

You can drop your donations to their main office or contact them to schedule a pick-up for big volume donations. They also hold year long recycling activities and collection in different parts of Manila. Go to the bottom of their site to see their schedule of events. 

Address: Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation, Philippines - Jing Si Hall 76 Cordillera cor. Agno Street, Barangay Doña Josefa, Quezon City

Contact number: (632) 7320001

2. Goodwill Industries of the Philippines, Inc.

Located in: Taguig

What to donate:

used clothes, shoes, bags, toys, books, old appliances, furniture and fixtures, home and office decors, equipment, curtains, linens, kitchen and dining wares and utensils, etc. and even old inventories of companies

Why donate here:

This non-profit civic organization is dedicated to enabling the disabled and disadvantaged through skill empowerment, livelihood projects and rehabilitation services. They resell donations given by people and use the proceeds to fund their program and services.

How to donate here:

You can bring your items to their head office or arrange for them to pick-up if you have big volume donation items. Call their numbers and look for ALICE or JOEY for pick-up schedule.

Address: Compound 22, VRCC Road, Veterans Center, VFP Industrial Area, Western Bicutan

Contact number: (632) 838-71-70, 837-30-94

 3. Segunda Mana

Located in: Manila

What to donate: 

old/used items that can still be used or still have value, brand new items, old stocks and non-moving inventory.

Why donate here:

Segunda Mana is the special donations-in-kind program of Caritas Manila. Donations are sold in their charity outlet stores where proceeds from the sale are used to fund their programs for the underprivileged youth and communities. 

How to donate here:

You may drop off your donations at their main office. Depending on the location, they also accept pick-up of donation items but is on a first-come, first served basis. You may call them at the contact numbers, or file a request here.

Address: Harrison Plaza, A. Mabini corner, M. Adriatico, Malate, Manila

Contact numbers: 64-0205 to 562-0020 to 25

4. Philippine Toy Library

Located in: Quezon City

What to donate:  

Well loved toys and books of your kids that they no longer use. Detailed list of what items can be donated can be found here.

Why donate here:

The Philippine Toy Library transforms idle spaces in cramped urban centers into fun and educational playrooms for the children in the community. The toys and books that your kids have outgrown already can be donated to this organization so they can become the new source of joy of kids in far-flung, urban and rural poor communities.

How to donate here:

You may send them to their office from Mondays to Sundays, 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM.

Address:  #56 Esteban Abada St., Brgy. Loyola Heights, Quezon City.

Contact number: +63 917 150 7725

  5. Habitat For Humanity ReStore Philippines

Located in: Las Pinas

What to donate:

Furnitures, appliances, lighting and electrical, home decor, and building materials, in good and running condition. For a detailed list of their desired items, click here.

Why donate here:

ReStore is a division of Habitat for Humanity Philippines Foundation, Inc. that serves as a home improvement donation center. They offer new and gently used furniture, home accessories, building materials, appliances and more to the public at below market value. Proceeds help fund Habitat’s mission of building homes and hope for Filipino families. 

How to donate here:

Donations can be dropped off at their store during the following store hours:

  • Wednesdays to Fridays: 11am to 8pm

  • Weekends and Holidays: 10am to 8pm

They also provide free pick-up service for large donations in select areas from Tuesdays to Sundays: 10am to 6pm. Learn more and fill out your pick up request here.

Address: Lot 2, Block 1, G-3, Alabang-Zapote Road, Almanza Uno, Las Pinas City, 1750, Philippines

Contact details: 0929-364-3753, 0945-516-1020