How to Get Rid of Old Furniture When You're Ready for a Change

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Courtesy of Amber Interiors

As you think about making room for all the items you will be receiving as gifts this holiday season, you may be in a bit of a bind. Where is any of it going to go? Storage units are an easy solution, if only in the short-term. If you have no plans to make use of that old couch in the future, then now might be the time to arrange its permanent removal.

There are plenty of ways to get rid of old furniture. Some retailers will include a haul-away service if you purchase new furniture—be sure to ask before you finalize paperwork. If you are not concerned about recovering any costs, consider donating old items to a friend. When you don’t know anyone that will take the items off your hands, it is time to turn outward. Send your items to a donation center and you can reap a tax credit. You could also try your hand at selling, for example at a yard sale or via a Craigslist ad, where you will do all or most of the work of assessment and transport. Other services will handle the heavy lifting, both literally and physically, for a price.

We break down all your options in detail. In order to ensure you clear house as much as possible, don’t put all your eggs in one basket: List items on more than one service. If all else fails, there is no shame in leaving a sign on your old furniture as it sits on the sidewalk and letting a stranger take it for free.

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