Planning a move to a new home, or just redecorating or decluttering your current one? You may find yourself faced with getting rid of big items like furniture or appliance. While your first —and easiest— solution may be to head to the dump, there are ways to get rid of your old furniture in a more planet-friendly way. Here are 5 easy ways to find your old furniture a new home.
- Donate old, gently used furniture to a family in need.
- Give old furniture a new life in somebody else’s home.
- Have a junk removal company pick up your old furniture.
- When you don’t love your old furniture anymore, list it.
- Leave your old furniture by the curb.
1. Donate old, gently used furniture to a family in need.
Places like The Salvation Army and Goodwill welcome your donations for resale, and may even come to pick your item up. Another option is The Furniture Bank: for a small fee, they’ll transport furniture from your home to a new home, plus you’ll get a tax receipt for the value of your item. There’s also Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore. This worthwhile cause helps families in need find gently used furniture, appliances, lighting fixtures and more. ReStores are located across the country, with different stores accepting different items. Regardless of where you donate, all proceeds from the sale of your donation will go to build and repair homes for people in need. A definite win-win!
2. Give old furniture a new life in somebody else’s home.
Students moving into dorm rooms, newcomers to the county moving into first apartments or homes, and young newlyweds setting up their new homes often welcome donated furniture to help them get started. So, start spreading the word among family members, babysitters and nannies, house cleaners, work colleagues and friends. Chances are, somebody will know somebody who will be delighted to take your old furniture off your hands.
3. Have a junk removal company pick up your old furniture.
Companies like 1-800-Got-Junk and Canada Junk will come to cart your furniture away for a fee. The upside of calling a service like this is that you don’t have to lift a finger —or your heavy furniture — and they take care of taking your furniture to a thrift store where it will find a new home.
4. When you don’t love your old furniture anymore, list it.
You know that saying “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure?” To see this in action, consider listing your old furniture item on your local version of Craigslist, Kijiji , Facebook Marketplace or eBay. Although this option will require a little more time and effort, you’ll make a bit of money while getting rid of your old furniture. And when you’re ready to spend your money on new furniture, browse The Furniture Shop, as an affordable, planet-way to furnish your home.
5. Leave your old furniture by the curb.
As a last resort, there’s always the option to leave your unwanted furniture outside by the curb and your item may be gone by morning. Before you head to the curb, though, be sure to check your municipal bylaws, because not all cities allow you to leave big items curbside. Furthermore, some cities have designated pickup days for large items, so it’s always best to check on the rules in your area.
There you have it: 5 ways to declutter your home while being kind to the planet. If you can’t bear to part with that piece of furniture quite yet but need to get it out of your home, consider storing it. AMJ Campbell offers affordable, short and long-term storage options. Call 1-888-AMJ-MOVE to find out about the storage locations near you.
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