Do you have some old furniture items kicking around and taking up space that you are finally ready to part with? Before you throw it away or throw it to the curbside, hold up! There are a few options to dispose of your old furniture that you should consider first.
For your convenience, below, we have compiled six of the best ways to get rid of your old furniture:
1. Sell it!
Remember that old saying, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure?” Well, it’s true!
While you may think your old couch is worthless, it could make someone else very happy. There are many online platforms (like Kijiji) that make it easy for you to reach customers and sell your old furniture fast. If you are not comfortable posting your item online, try selling it through your social media account. It is also worth checking out trade networks. Instead of selling an item, you can trade it for something else that you want or need. This is an easy way to participate in the circular economy while making money on your old furniture.
Remember, by selling or trading, you are also keeping your old furniture out of landfills!
2. Give the furniture to a friend
Not interested in finding a buyer for your old furniture? Maybe you should consider giving it to a friend or family member!
It’s a good option to go asking around your inner circle to see if anyone wants your old furniture before you decide to throw it away. Many people search the market for items to repurpose, and your item could be perfect. If you have children who are no longer living at home or are students, they may be more than happy to take your old items for their student house or first apartment!
3. Donate it to a local charity
Another great option for disposing of your old furniture is donating it to a local charity. What’s nice about donating your old furniture is that you often don’t have to haul it away! Many charity organizations offer a pick-up service that is super convenient for people interested in donating their items. Plus, if you needed even more incentive, all donations can be deducted from your taxes. Some organizations you can donate to include Goodwill and the Salvation Army. You can also contact Habitat for Humanity ReStore, which pick up gently used furniture, among other things, in most communities and resell it at a reduced price. Feel free also to contact homeless shelters; they are always looking for new items.
4. Repurpose the furniture
Just because your furniture is old and out of date does not mean that it is useless! It is becoming increasingly more fashionable to restore, reimagine, and repurpose old furniture instead of throwing it away. The Internet is littered with ideas and DIY projects that can inspire you and give you step-by-step instructions for recreating your item. You never know, repurposing your furniture could become a hobby or even a source of extra income.
Not interested in repurposing your furniture? There are many businesses out there that can help you and can easily be found with a simple Internet search.
5. Put it on the curb for free
In most cities, there is an etiquette that if you put an item on the curbside, it’s free for the taking! If you drive around on the eve of garbage day, it is not unusual to see people loading away unwanted and old furniture for their homes. Putting your old furniture on the curb, instead of throwing it away, is the most hassle-free way of getting rid of the things you no longer need.
If you are not comfortable with strangers hanging around your yard, you can call your city to see what kinds of items they will take away. There is usually a day of the month that cities designate for large-item removal. Make sure you call ahead and get the details!
6. Hire a junk removal service
If you have to, landfill it! We get it; sometimes, you don’t have any other option when you want to get rid of your old furniture. Maybe that old sofa is infested with bedbugs. Maybe it’s just not salvageable. For something hands-off, you can have someone else pick up your old and unwanted furniture for you. Here at Gorilla Bins, we offer different services that you can cater to your specific needs. We also deliver our bins free of charge!
Now that you know your options for getting rid of your old furniture, you can move forward with an informed decision. Next time you have something to throw away, make sure to think twice about all the ways you can put it to use.