Do you have things laying around your house that you don’t need anymore? It’s natural to accumulate things. But, it can begin to add up without you noticing and then suddenly you have to look for a way to get rid of all this junk. There are several ways to deal with old furniture, and other junk lying in a garage, attic, or somewhere in your closets just collecting dust.

Sell Old Furnishings and Things Online

Several popular online portals have popped up in recent years that allow you to post a variety of household items for sale. You can join and create free ads for furniture, old doors, decor, gently used clothes, car parts, toys, and other things that you simply do not use anymore. Online sales can be arranged on various sites, including ThredUp and Poshmark as well as Offer Up.  But you will need to take pictures of your items and write a catchy description for your post in order to generate lots of interest.   After that, you will need to arrange a time for the buyer to pick up the goods. This is a convenient option, as it does not require hauling junk. The buyer will pick it up themselves.

You can use this method for property cleanouts to get a few tens or hundreds of dollars.

The disadvantage to this, is that it takes a ton of time if you want to maximize the money you make from the sale.

Arrange a Garage Sale

If you don’t want to go through all of the trouble of taking pictures of your items, writing descriptions and arranging meetings with all of the buyers, organizing a garage sale right outside your home can be a good option to consider.  This will save you time as you don’t have to take pictures of the junk and post them online. . It can be as simple as placing all of your items by the garage and putting a sign stating it’s for sale.  . After a while, all the neighbors will know about it. They may be interested in your furniture, old tools, dishes, or other items from your garage or attic.

The great thing about this is you can have a garage sale and meet your neighbors and you don’t have to haul your junk to another location or spend a lot of time preparing.

Use the Services of a Junk Removal Company

Not every item you have is going to resonate with other people.  So even if you try to post items on an app or host a garage sale, you may still be left with a huge stash of your unwanted junk. In this case, you can look into hiring a junk removal company.  This is quick and convenient, as the company’s employees will pick up the junk themselves and haul it away. They’ll know about proper disposal of items and can take things to a certified dump without any harm to the environment. I find junk hauling companies to be a huge timesaver.

Give to Those in Need

If there are things you can salvage and you know of a thrift shop or charity that can take them, donating may be a good option as well. Some things are better off not being thrown away because someone else needs them — for example, clothes that are not your size, dishes, toys, and even furniture. Putting aside items that are in good condition for donation can also be a positive tax benefit as some are considered tax deductible.   Not to mention, you help others and that’s always a good thing.

Recycle or Upcycle

Give the old things a second life, using your ingenuity! There are many ways to modify used items for a new purpose. For example, an old rim from a car wheel can be incorporated into your garden or you can even make a fire pit for evening gatherings. If you’re handy with a sewing machine, there is no end to how clothes you no longer wear can be transformed into new outfits or accessories.

There are many ways to get rid of junk. Choose the one that suits you best!