Columbus Spring Cleaning Resources

Kristen Schmidt

The countertop at my clothing consignment shop of choice was full last weekend. Full of treasures freshly removed from closets and awaiting new homes. I was in spring cleaning mode, too, on a string of errands designed to dispense with items from all over the house that no longer bring me joy.

Yep, Marie Kondo got to me. The author of "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up" and creator of the KonMari method of organizing has gotten to a lot of people, it seems. (See search results for "konmari" on Twitter or Pinterest.) Converting clothing into cash or a charitable donation is pretty easy, but other items are less conveniently disposed. Here, a brief resource guide to responsibly removing or disposing of unwanted stuff from your house:

Goodwill Columbus

Goodwill is not just a place to drop off clothes for resale, though it's a great place to do that. Recycling is a major part of the organization's mission. On April 25, Goodwill Columbus hosts an Earth Day e-waste event at Huntington Park. Bring computers, monitors and small household appliances. And the list of items that Goodwill does accept at its donation centers daily far outpaces the list of items it can't accept.

Furniture Bank of Central Ohio

This incredible organization provides free at-home pickup if you donate one of the following most-needed items: mattresses and box springs, dressers, sofas, loveseats, stuffed chairs, kitchen tables and chairs, washers and dryers, refrigerators and stoves. Anything electric needs to be in working order, and furniture and baby items must be safe. Donated items are given to local families.

Volunteers of America

If your car is on the chopping block, consider donating it to Volunteers of America. Pickup is free, and the online form is easy and fast.

Hazardous Household Waste Disposal

SWACO is collecting hazardous household waste from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Ashland Chemical, 5200 Blazer Parkway, Dublin. Or drop off items like lighter fluid, gasoline, antifreeze, batteries, kitchen grease (and more!) Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at SWACO's Eighth Avenue facility.

Consignment Shops

Consigning clothes and furniture is like recycling with benefits. You're sending an item to another home for more use, and you're receiving cash for new stuff (or, if you're like me, for great clothes on the cheap at the consignment store).

These are just a few of the options, listed in no particular order. We'd love to hear your suggestions in the comments below!

  • Grandview Mercantile/ReVue, Short North
  • One More Time, Grandview Heights
  • Second Chance, Grandview Heights
  • Eclectic Fashion Alternatives, Clintonville
  • Clothes Mentor, multiple locations
  • Pink Door, Dublin
  • Soho Fashion Exchange, Dublin
  • Upscale Resale Furnishings, Gahanna
  • Experienced Possessions, Powell