5 Ways to Get Rid of Unwanted Furniture

Maybe it’s time to downsize, or your son has just moved out and you want to convert his bedroom into a home office. How can you get rid of unwanted furniture without leaving the comfort of your home? Gone are the days when things were brought to the curb or the old bed was brought to your nephew’s dormitory in a truck and some friends. Here are five nifty ways to remove unwanted furniture without lifting a finger.

1. Cool apps

There are a number of apps out there for selling furniture, but one of my favorites is OfferUp, which started out as a pure business in Seattle and has grown to a national presence since its launch in 2011. Developed by two fathers who had a mountain of kids, OfferUp streamlines the sales process by allowing you to take a photo and list your item in seconds. Buyers can browse around them, and buyers and sellers only communicate through in-app messages rather than exchanging phone numbers or email addresses. The app also offers ID checks; Buyers scan their driver’s license before making a purchase, which is then referenced in public records. Another similar app to try out? VarageSale recently started offering in-app payments to make the process even easier.

2. Move prey

Move Loot requires a little less footwork but requires a little more patience. Originally, Move Loot picked up your unwanted items and stored them until they were sold. But the owners quickly realized the difficulty of keeping everyone’s unwanted things and abruptly changed their model. Now you need to hold onto the item while the company lists it for you. As soon as someone buys it, Move Loot picks up the item and delivers it for you. If you have a piece of furniture worth selling, this option might be perfect for you.

3. Collection of donations

There are a number of organizations that collect furniture in a resalable condition – meaning it won’t fall apart or have major stains or cracks. Some of these organizations only pick up small pieces of furniture like bedside tables, mirrors, and headboards, but it’s worth calling quickly to see if they can take your belongings. Some places to check out are the Salvation Army, Vietnam Veterans of America, or your local breast cancer foundation.

4. Freecycle

Freecycle is a not-for-profit organization that encourages people to reuse or give things away instead of throwing them away. Freecycle has dedicated supporters in all of the major urban areas. Some groups are more active than others, but regular posters and lurkers might long to use your old stuff.

5. Craigslist ‘Free Stuff’ section

OK, this one does need to lift a few fingers, but it’s a surefire way to get rid of unwanted furniture quickly. Craigslist is the grandfather of the online flea market. Although you can sell items on Craigslist, the quickest way to get rid of unwanted furniture is to use the Free Item or Curb Alert feature, which allows you to place an item outside of your home and list it on the site for free pickup. Once your article is posted in the free section, it’s as good as gone. And depending on where you live, there is little chance you can list it until someone comes over to pick it up.

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