It’s hard not to look at the news now and hear something about climate change or the way the planet is slowly being destroyed. But, it can also be hard to see how you, just one person, can make a substantial difference to the situation.
You’re right, you can’t make a huge difference. But, you can make a small difference and if everyone makes a small difference then that will be a huge difference!
Getting rid of your old couch is the perfect example of how attitudes need to change and how you can make a difference.
Do You Need To Get Rid Of It?
Many pieces of furniture reach retirement age because styles have changed or there’s been a nasty spill. But, this doesn’t have to mean the end of a good piece of furniture. For example, a stained couch can be reupholstered, just as the wood edging can have the French polishing redone.
If you really like the couch then consider having it repaired in order to avoid getting rid of it. It’s a lot cheaper than purchasing a new couch and the inconvenience of removing one and getting a new one delivered.
If you’re simply tired of the couch, have changed your color scheme, or need a new one, then sell it. There will be plenty of people eager to snap it up for a low price. The benefit isn’t just that you’ll get a little money towards your new couch, you also won’t have to get it out of your house and to the local landfill site!
There are plenty of ways to sell a couch that is in useable condition. You can try Craigs list, ebay, an advert in your local paper, or even place a card in your local store. You may be surprised by how many people are interested, especially if you keep the price low.
Don’t forget, you were about to dump it, that means you can sell it for next to nothing or even describe it as free to collector.
If you don’t have any takers or your couch is starting to look a little worn then charity shops are a great option. They won’t pay you for them but they will sell it on for a low price to those who need it.
Another option is to see if a local homeless shelter or some similar institution could make use of the couch. This will really be helping others in a direct and positive way.
Check Your Home
Before you rush to get rid of the couch consider if you have use for it in another room. It may not suit your main sitting room anymore but your children may appreciate one in their den or even their bedroom.
Recycle It Yourself
If you can’t think of anything else to do with it then you can take the couch apart yourself. You’ll find it is made of wood, cotton, foam, and metal springs, all of which can be recycled when separated. There are companies that will do this for you but you may find it’s actually fun pulling it apart.
It’s certainly much easier to get it out of your home!
Don’t forget, if your couch goes to landfill it will be another thing that has been left to rot, in the process leaching chemicals into the ground. It’s the worst way of getting rid of your couch, especially when there are so many options you can take advantage of.
Think before you decide it’s time to replace the couch, it could actually save you a lot of money.