Remodeling or redecorating your home? Don’t just put your old furniture in the attic to save for your kids – by the time they move out, what condition will it be in anyway? And please don’t take it to the dump – it might still be useful to someone and shouldn’t take up space in the landfill!
There are lots of environmentally friendly and socially conscious things you can do with old furniture. Consider:
– Reupholstering chairs or sofas and repainting case goods and occasional pieces. Then you can repurpose them and use them in a new space.
– Selling them at a yard sale, consignment store or Craig’s List, or auctioning them on ebay. This way, you’ll make a little money for yourself or a favorite charity.
– Calling the Disabled American Veterans, Goodwill, or the Salvation Army. In most cities, they’ll pick up furniture from your home at a time that’s convenient for you. Not only will you be doing a good deed, but you can get a tax deduction for it…just ask for a receipt.
– Donating the furniture to another local non-profit, like a church, community theater or youth center. They’ll be grateful, and you’ll get the tax benefit.
– Giving furniture to a college student, recent graduate, or newlywed who can use it in their apartment or first home right now.
Please let your unused furniture be useful to someone else today. Give yourself permission to keep changing your home… but don’t be wasteful. Remember to reuse or recycle.