Passing through the streets of the GTA on garbage day, you'll see good quality furniture on many sidewalks, waiting to be taken by someone who can use it – or picked up by the trash collectors. But this is one of the worst options for getting rid of unwanted or unused furniture. Here are three better options to consider.

1. Check with friends and family to see if they can use it. We all know someone who's furnishing a cottage or a new home – they may be able to use furniture that you no longer need. Make sure you address any desired compensation and removal arrangements early in the conversation.

2. Post it online for sale. If you have the time and comfort level, the internet is a great place for selling or giving away anything and everything. Be sure to consider safety as you make arrangements with potential buyers, as well as pick-up and payment logistics.

3. Donate it to a family in need. One great option is Furniture Bank, a charitable organization that provides free gently-used furniture for those moving beyond homelessness, women and children escaping abuse, newcomers and refugees. The program is funded by the modest fee that Furniture Bank charges for professionally collecting furniture and household items from families that no longer need them.

Attention editors: This article is for distribution in Ontario only.

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