If you are moving to a new home, then there’s a lot to be considered. You’ll need to turn on the utilities in your new house or apartment, look into trash collection and recycling, and many other tasks associated with both your new residence and your old one. One of the things on that list is your old furniture. You’ll want to keep some of it, but what of the items that don’t make the cut? Here are some viable options as to what you can do with whatever remains.
Donate it to Goodwill
There are usually Goodwills or Salvation Army drop off centers that will accept your used furniture if it is in at least decent condition. You can feel good about this option since these are nonprofits and the furniture will be recycled and find a place in a new home that wants it. Who knows, perhaps some young child will soon be sleeping in the bed that one of your kids outgrew.
Have A Yard Sale
If you have a day or an afternoon free, you might use it to haul all of the furniture that you don’t want out into the yard or driveway. There are always people who drive around looking for yard sales, and you might have something that appeals to a collector or someone who is trying to furnish a sparse apartment or house. You can usually make some extra cash that way, and at the end of the day, if you have some pieces that haven’t sold for what you were asking, you can either offer them for less or give them away.
Donate to a Local Theatre
Most people wouldn’t think to do this, but many times if you have a local amateur theatre company, they will be eager to take some gently used furniture off your hands to use in their productions. Like donating to charities, you can feel pleased with this option, as you’ll be supporting the arts. Your old desk or bed might make it into the next production of The Crucible or A Streetcar Named Desire.
Before you throw away some of your furniture, you might want to consider whether to get a free quote and see how much it would cost to haul it to your new home. Even if you don’t think that you’ll be able to use it as it was initially intended, some pieces of furniture can be used for other than the original purpose. An old toilet might become a planter for your garden, or an old TV might be made into a fish tank.
Use Them For Art
If you are artistically inclined, you might take your old furniture with you and break it down to be used as raw materials for original pieces that you craft yourself. Outsider art is sometimes worth money, but even when it isn’t, it’s nice to create something that is an expression of your inner thoughts and feelings.
Because furniture has so many uses besides the most obvious ones, you should take some time to consider the various choices before dumping it on the curb. Whatever you decide, you should try and make sure that the pieces get a second chance at life. They’re not doing anyone any good being hauled to the landfill.