Assuming you’ve already discussed furniture with your roommate, you may have some pieces that won’t be used in your shared home. Now’s the time to decide what to do with them and implement your plan.

  • Store it: If you have room in your home or garage, make arrangements to move the furniture into your storage area. If not, consider whether outside storage space for the item is worth paying for (not to mention finding someone to move it). You may want to consider the following other options before spending that extra tie and money.

  • Repurpose it: If a piece is really special to you, can you use it elsewhere? For example, an old dresser could become storage in the dining room or in your craft room. An old stereo cabinet might become a bar, or a buffet table out on your patio. The Internet is full of ideas for repurposing antique furniture and knickknacks. If you can’t think of a re-use, consider storing the item—but only if you have the means of transporting it and the cost of storage is significantly less than your monthly income from rent.

  • Pass it on: Always ask family members if they want the furniture first. Once, my in-laws showed up at our house with a piano stuffed in their minivan. (Nobody at our house plays piano.)

  • Sell it: Your best bet these days would be to try selling extra things on Next Door, Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace.

  • Give it away: Your local charity shop might appreciate the donation—but you may also have to arrange transportation. Many communities now have Buy Nothing Groups. Some young family might be thrilled to have that old crib and would be happy to come pick it up.

A note about family pianos: Unless you have a really special piano, it’s probably not worth trying to sell it. Demand is not what it used to be, and moving a piano properly is very hard and expensive to do. Your best bet is to offer it for free to your local school district, a Buy Nothing group, Next Door or Facebook Marketplace.

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