Tips for Getting Rid of Old Furniture

Whether you’re approaching an upcoming move, decluttering or replacing old and broken furniture with new furniture, it becomes necessary to remove these unwanted items from your home, so you don’t become a hoarder ending up on the evening news.

Whether you’re approaching an upcoming move, decluttering or replacing old and broken furniture with new furniture, it becomes necessary to remove these unwanted items from your home, so you don’t become a hoarder ending up on the evening news. There are plenty of ways you can get rid of your old furniture items without having to break too much of a sweat or getting on the neighbours bad side by having a pile of unsightly garbage on the side of the road (Unless of course, its curb side collection time… then by all means, pile it up!)

When the time came for my partner and I to move in together we had the debate of whose furniture trumped whose and what we were going to do with his stuff! I by nature am a planner and very organised, so I had the time to break down which pieces of furniture belonged where.

Here is a list of ways to get rid of old furniture with some Pros and Cons that served me well:

List items online

Pros:

  • Online is often the best, easiest and quickest way to get rid of furniture
  • You can make a few extra dollars by listing items for sale online
  • People will collect them from your house so you don’t have to lift a finger (usually)
  • People will take anything with a “Free” listing

Cons:

  • You will need to spend time detailing the information about each item for sale
  • People will no doubt barter on the price
  • You must set time to be home for people to come and look and potentially not commit

Host a garage sale

Pros:

  • You can make some money by selling items
  • People will often leave with more than they initially came looking for
  • Gives you a chance to get rid of smaller items rather than just the big bulky furniture pieces
  • You can team up with friends or family members who also want to get rid of items and make a day of it

Cons:

  • You must set aside a decent amount of time on the weekend to capture more people
  • Attracting and advertising your garage sale around your neighbourhood with no certainty of buyers
  • People will most likely barter on the price

Donate to charity stores

Pros:

  • Knowing your items will go to someone in need is a really good feeling
  • Depending on the city you live in and the charity store you choose, some will collect the items from your house – all you’ll have to do is ring around.

Cons:

  • If collection is not an option, you have to find a way to get the items there yourself
  • You don’t have a chance to make some money from the item
  • They will refuse some items, so be sure you check first what they take before hauling it over

The local dump

Pros:

  • You can take almost anything to the scrap yard
  • Items that are not reusable or can be refurbished can go to the dump

Cons:

  • It’ll cost you to take items to the dump
  • You have to get the items there and offload them yourself

Written by Bec Wimsett from B Free Home Lifestyle Management

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