You’re finally moving into your new home! And as you enter this new chapter of your life, there are things you won’t be able to bring with you anymore. But your old furniture is not something you should carelessly leave behind. Here are five ways on how to responsibly dispose of these beloved pieces that once filled your home with comfort and memories.

Sell ‘Em!

5 Responsible Ways to Dispose Furniture You No Longer Want.

One of the responsible ways to dispose your furniture is by putting them on sale to make the most of their value for the last time. Who knows? Someone might be interested in pre-loved pieces. As long as they’re still in a good and functional condition, you can make a pretty penny.

Before settling down in your new place, put up a garage sale. It can be taxing to move your old furniture to the site and manage the sale. But in doing so, you can save on shipping costs and space in your new home. Also, take note that yard sales are only ideal if you have a heap of furniture you no longer need.

If you only have a few pieces to sell, the most convenient option is to upload them on online shops. You can post them on Facebook Marketplace, eBay, or other similar online shopping sites. When you opt for this method, the selling point lies on how appealing the items look in the photos. So, make sure to clean the items before you take a picture of them. Writing a catchy description and responding to queries in real time could also help in making a quick sale. 

In addition, you can use the sales to settle expenses or as a starting budget for moving in. 

Donate Them to Charity

A lounging chair made by Artifeks. Photo by Elle Yap.
Photo by Elle Yap

Donating furniture you no longer want to charities does double duty. Not only does it declutter your space, it also makes a difference in your community. 

Consider donation centers or established charities. Some even offer to pick up your unwanted items for free, making decluttering even easier. Resurrection Furniture, Declutter Manila, and Goodwill are some of the great options to responsibly dispose your furniture free of charge. But you can also directly coordinate with your local church to offer your items to households or individuals that need them. Knowing your furniture is helping someone build a secure and comfortable environment is a truly rewarding feeling.

This selfless approach can also come with potential tax deduction. When you donate, keep a receipt and check with your local tax advisor if the benefit applies to you. 

Hand the Furniture Down to Family or Friends

5 Responsible Ways to Dispose Furniture You No Longer Want.

If you don’t want to go through the complicated process of selling and donating, another way of responsibly disposing furniture is to offer them to your family or friends. 

This simple yet thoughtful gesture shows you care about your loved ones’ needs and tastes. You might not be aware, but they could have been admiring a piece for a while, or it could perfectly complement their existing decor. 

Handing the furniture to them isn’t just about decluttering your space but also passing on a piece with a history. It might also spark happy memories of gatherings around the piece, further strengthening your bond. It’s a chance to keep the furniture within your circle and ensure it continues to be loved. 

DIY or Upcycle

5 Responsible Ways to Dispose Furniture You No Longer Want.

If you’re feeling a little creative and have the luxury of time to work on a DIY project, then you can upcycle furniture instead. You’ve likely come to outgrow these items because they do not complement your home’s current style or no longer fit your taste. But you can align pieces with your preferences and give them a new lease of life through upcycling. 

While you plan your move, take note of which furniture or decor you still lack. Rather than buying new, you can upcycle them using the materials from pieces you no longer use. You can repurpose the wood, metal handles, casters, and other details into something functional and aesthetically pleasing again. 

Not only does this give you freedom to unleash your inner artist and personalize your space, you also minimize items ending up in landfills. 

No Choice? It’s Okay to Junk Them

5 Responsible Ways to Dispose Furniture You No Longer Want.
Photographed by Ed Simon

For used furniture with no saving grace, you can call junk removal services to instantly get rid of them for you. It’s a hassle-free solution with guaranteed and responsible disposal of furniture you no longer want. Unlike with the first four suggestions, you don’t have to constantly worry whether someone’s going to take your unwanted item or not. This method immediately takes the burden off your shoulders, which is particularly beneficial if moving is urgent. 

This is also applicable if you’re going to throw anchor pieces like sofas, dining tables, or cabinets. Hiring professional junk haulers also allows you to simply relax or delegate other tasks related to your moving in. Plus, junk removal companies recycle your disintegrated furniture so you know you decluttered your home with a clear conscience. 

Ultimately, leaving something behind is an inevitable part of moving on. But no matter which path you choose, remember that letting go of your once cherished furniture doesn’t have to be the end. With these suggestions, you can give these beloved items a second chance either by bringing joy to someone else’s home or by being creatively reborn in your own new space.

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