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How To Get Rid of your old unwanted furniture

How To Get Rid Of Your Old Unwanted Furniture

Posted on: September 18, 2019

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If you have old furniture you are looking to get rid of, you probably want the process of disposing of it to be as easy as possible.

But before you dump it to the curb or take it to the landfill, there are other options.

To you, it might just be garbage, but to someone else, it could be their new dining room table or sofa.

You most likely don't want to invest a lot of your time in getting rid of that old couch.

It's clunky, it's heavy, and there are much better things you could be doing with your time.

Even if you wanted to do it, you could end up throwing your back out if you're doing it alone, and good luck getting your friends to help you.

Thankfully there are better ways to get rid of your furniture besides sending it to the landfill.

You can give your old dresser a second life with someone who will appreciate like you used to.

Below, we'll go over several ways to dispose of your furniture without turning it to trash.

Table of Contents

  • Post It Online

  • See If It Can Be Taken Away

  • Donate It

  • Put It On The Curb With A Free Sign

  • Find Out If Your Landfill Will Accept it

  • Give It Another Chance

 

How to get rid of old furniture

Post It Online, No Matter How Old

If you have ever browsed Craigslist, you know you can sell just about anything for sale online, especially if it is marked "free."

There have been things crazier than an old couched that have sold on Craigslist.

Things like old toilets, a trampoline held together by duct-tape, and a bunch of broken cinder blocks have all either been sold or listed for free on Craigslist.

Just be warned, when you list something for free, you are more likely to get flakey buyers who will cancel on you at the last minute.

It's usually better to put a price on things even if you plan on giving it away for free so you don't have to deal with anyone unreliable.

If you aren't interested in hauling it away yourself, make sure you make that clear in your listing, and they will get it from you.

Besides Craigslist, you can use Facebook Marketplace, several different Facebook groups, or similar apps to get rid of your old furniture.

 

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See If It Can Be Taken Away

If you need to get rid of your furniture because you're replacing it with new furniture, more often than not your old furniture can be hauled away at no extra charge.

This is almost always the case for large appliances like refrigerators and washing machines.

Be sure to read the fine print on these agreements or give the company ahead of time to ask them any questions you have about it.

Although true for most appliances, it's a toss-up as to whether or not they will haul away old furniture.

But, sometimes you can pay extra to have the company take it away for you if it isn't included.

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Donate It

Sometimes you will have to haul the furniture to a drop-off location to donate it, but that's not always true.

Sometimes you can arrange to have it picked up at your home.

And, all donations are tax-deductible, so it'll save you a few dollars at tax time.

Here is a list of some of the charities that accept old furniture:

Furniture Bank Association of North America: Through FBANA, you can locate your nearest furniture bank.

Furniture banks operate similar to food banks and will donate the furniture to those who need it at little to no cost. Many will pick up the furniture right from your house.

Goodwill and Salvation Army: If there's not a furniture bank nearby, you can always check with your local Goodwill or Salvation Army.

Some will pick them and some won't, so it's important to check with your local store.

Habitat For Humanity ReStore: ReStores will pick up your used furniture, along with many other things, in your community and resell it at a reduced price.

If these aren't an option for you, you can always check with your local homeless shelters, battered women's shelters, or thrift stores to see if they are looking for used furniture.

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Put It On The Curb With A "Free" Sign

If you live in a city, I'm sure you've seen this done before.

Someone puts something on the curb, writes a handwritten "free" sign to put on it and then forgets about it.

By the time they come outside again, the furniture is gone.

This can work, but it has to be done under the right circumstances.

You only want to do it with things that can be easily taken away.

Things like chairs, end tables, filing cabinets, and smaller coffee tables are good examples.

Things bigger than that, like couches and dressers, can't easily be thrown in someone's trunk and taken away.

You also need to be in a high traffic area.

If you're out in the middle of nowhere, this probably won't work.

If you do this and it sits on the curb for more than two or three days, you're going to want to take it back.

You don't want to turn into the "trash guy" of the neighborhood.

If it sits for more than a couple of days, you're going to need to try a new tactic.

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Find Out If Your Local Landfill Will Accept it

Okay, sometimes there really are no other options.

Maybe your couch is filled with bed bugs, or every drawer on your dresser is broken. Or, the drawers that aren't broken are missing.

Before you drag that old dresser out to the curb, though, you need to make sure your waste management company will take it.

The last thing you want to do is take it to the curb just to have to take it right back in.

Whether or not they take it depends largely on where you live.

Sometimes it's free, sometimes they charge, and sometimes they take everything, while other times they exclude things like appliances with electrical components.

That's why it's essential you give your local company a call.

If your waste management company doesn't accept it, you can try a private company like 1-800-GOT-JUNK.

They will charge you for the service, but if you want to get rid of it with little to no effort, they'll take care of it.

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Give It Another Chance

Before you throw it to the curb or make a bonfire out of it, see if there's any way you can give your furniture another chance at life.

You never know who might fall in love with your old couch or end table.

And, there are plenty of people on Craigslist who love to restore old furniture, and will happily take it off of your hands for you.

If there's no way any other human would want your furniture, you still have the option of sending it to the landfill or calling a private company like 1-800-GOT-JUNK to get it from you.

 

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How To Stay Organized When You Have To Move In A Hurry

How To Stay Organized When You Have To Move In A Hurry

Posted on: October 8, 2019

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Moving is a hassle under any circumstances.

If you have to be out of your home in a hurry, the stress is amplified.

A difficult task turns into something overwhelming that might seem impossible.

You're probably moving for a new job, a new school, or a unique opportunity, so in addition to the move, you have much more on your plate to worry about.

With that in mind, there are a few things you can do to keep yourself organized so you can beat your deadline.

No matter why you're moving, these tips will help you stay calm and as stress-free as possible as you go through the moving process.

Table of Contents

  • Ask For Help

  • Make A To-Do List

  • Use A System

  • Make Your Own Deadlines

  • You Can Do It

 

Ask For Help

Loading heavy boxes and awkward furniture into a moving truck is a big job.

If your move is turning out to be too big of a job for you to do on your own, you might need to ask for help.

There are likely dozens of moving companies in your area that will help you get the job done, and most of them also offer packing services as well.

Having a team of professionals help you with your move will make everything much easier without any of the stress.

You'll have to pay for this service, of course, so be sure to get several quotes before you commit to one company.

Whatever you end up paying will likely be worth it to make your move as simple as possible.

If you don't want to spend the extra money, put on a big smile and ask your family and friends to help out.

Make it a "packing party" and have food and drinks and party favors in exchange for helping you get to your new home.

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Make A To-Do List

Deciding to move can be a fantastic and stressful decision all at once, especially if you have to do it on a deadline.

The first thing you should do once you've decided to move is to get out a pen and paper and start your to-do list.

This will help you immediately organize your thoughts and give you the structure you need to make it through your move.

Start by doing a brain dump of everything you might need to do during the move.

Everything from packing socks to finding a moving company should go on your list.

Once you've dumped everything from your brain onto a piece of paper, do it again, this time organizing it in chronological order.

When you're done, make copies of it for everyone involved in the move, and keep it in your back pocket so you can refer to it whenever you need.

Add to it as you go; you aren't going to think of everything when you first start brainstorming.

Check off everything as you go, and communicate with everyone else involved, so your lists stay identical.

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How to move in a hurry

Use A System

As you pack, it'll be easier for you and everyone else if you follow a system that keeps everything organized.

The system will vary from person to person because no two people are alike, but there are a few constants that everyone should be aware of.

  • Gathering everything you'll need to get the room packed.

  • Use soft items like t-shirts or oven mitts to protect fragile items

  • Don't unpack clothes from their drawers. Secure them closed and move them as-is.

  • Use a color-coded labeling system with markers that allows you to see where boxes belong at a glance.

  • Make a list of the items in each box. This will keep you from looking for items that you need when you get to your new home.

No matter what system you use, consistency is key.

Follow the same system for every box and every room.

This will help you stay organized, and you will become more efficient as your system becomes second nature.

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Make Your Own Deadlines

To make sure you meet the deadline you have to be out of your house, you should set your own deadlines.

Go through your to-do list and set a deadline for each item.

To give yourself an extra push, set a few hard deadlines.

For example, schedule your donation pick up the same day you've planned to clean out your garage.

Since other people will be depending on you, you'll be more likely to stay on task.

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You Can Do It

Moving is stressful, inconvenient, but a necessary evil.

If you've landed your dream job, found an excellent school system for your children, or just feel like a change of scenery, you'll have to move your things.

And that job usually has a firm start date, and the first day of school is going to come quicker than you realize.

If you use the tips we mentioned above, though, you will rock your move and be ready to being your new life before you know it.

If you're in need of new furniture after you move, visit the Furniture of Dalton.

Furniture of Dalton offers the highest quality furniture and interior design options in concert with a staff that understands the industry.

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