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The best way to get rid of old furniture

June 7, 2018

With the minimalist lifestyle all the rage right now, most people are starting to get rid of their old furniture. Those large items take up a lot of space and, if you’re looking to move, it’s really not worth taking them with you. But can you get rid of all that old furniture easily? The answer is “Yes”. Here’s what you need to do:

Find out if the local trash company can help you out

Talk to your trash company to see if they accept large items. Most don’t, but some do. If you’re lucky enough, you’ll just have to move all that old furniture to the curb on trash day. But don’t do this if you haven’t checked with them first. Otherwise you’ll have to take everything back.

Don’t forget to talk to your local scrap yard as well. They usually accept anything made out of metal, and all you’ll have to do is pay a small fee to get those old things picked up. But this won’t be a problem. If you do take those items to the scrap yard, you might get paid for them.

Craigslist is your friend

Well, not just Craigslist. The entire internet can help fix your old furniture problem. List them on websites such as Craigslist and wait. Free items almost always go, no matter how old they are.

Craigslist can help you get rid of a lot of old furniture really fast. But it also includes a downside. People on Craigslist aren’t always reliable. They might say that they’ll take your old furniture, but they might not show up. To avoid this, you can always place a price tag on your items, even if it’s a really small one.

We now live in the age of the internet. If you want to get rid of your old furniture, you can do it fast and easy, and you can even make some money out of it.

You can always donate it

But if you’re not looking to get paid for your old furniture, you can always donate it. You won’t make any money, but you won’t lose any money either. The Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity and other such organisations can come and take the items off your hands for free.

Put that old furniture on the curb and add a “free sign”

New York is famous for all those TV gags where the main character of a show finds an awesome piece of furniture on the curb and decides to take it home. Well, if some people find furniture on the curb, you can be sure that other people put that old piece of furniture on the curb in the first place. You can do the same.

This works if you live in a high-traffic area and, of course, if those old items are not too heavy. As you may have already figured out, the larger the item, the less likely it will be that it gets picked up.

A word of advice: If your old furniture hasn’t been claimed after one or two days, you should get it back. Otherwise, your neighbors might start to dislike you.