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Where to Take Your Unwanted Household Items

Eager to get rid of the unwanted household items you’ve collected while spring cleaning? This handy guide tells you where to take everything from kitchen gear to prescription medication.

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What to Do With Unwanted Videocassettes

If your living-room shelves are full of old home movies, but you’ve ditched your VCR, fear not: Digital Treasures will convert VHS-based family memories to DVD or electronic format. Doing so allows you to watch (and rewatch) old videos on your device of choice.

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What to Do With Unwanted Kitchen Items

Are your kitchen cupboards packed with mixing bowls, extra Tupperware and mismatched utensils? Diabetes Canada will pick up kitchenware from your house. They’ll also accept donations of other unwanted household items such as electronics and clothing.

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What to Do With Unwanted Toiletries

Too-good-to-miss sales and bulk purchases at warehouse stores can lead to a glut of unwanted household items like toothpaste, body wash, deodorant and soap cluttering our bathroom vanities. Visit Shelter Safe for a comprehensive list of nearby women’s and homeless shelters. Contact individual organizations to determine whether they’ll accept donations of personal care products.

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What to Do With Unwanted Medication

If the pain has abated but you’ve still got a half-full bottle, don’t toss those pills. Shoppers Drug Mart and Loblaws have around 1,800 locations across the country that will dispose of leftover drugs. Also, try calling local pharmacies to ask if they’re equipped to collect unused prescriptions.

Check out these 5 Simple Tips to Organize Every Room in Your Home!

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What to Do With Unwanted Books

Got too many books and no time to read them—and no space to store those extra titles? Check with local public or school libraries. They may be open to receiving donations for themselves or for a fundraising book sale.

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What to Do With Unwanted Sports Equipment

If your garage is overflowing with outgrown hockey pads and skates and miscellaneous bats and balls, it’s time to cull your collection. Sell gear in good condition to Play It Again Sports.

Originally Published in Reader's Digest Canada