There are many ways to get rid of unwanted things.
One way is to simply throw them in the trash. This is good for things that have outlived their usefulness or just don’t work anymore (like old computer cables or mismatched tupperware). It’s also a way to get rid of small items that you don’t want to spend time trying to find a new home for (like packages of nails or screws or fish food).
Another way to get rid of things is to sidewalk them – put them out next to the sidewalk with a “free” sign on them. Interested parties can then simply walk off with the items they fancy. This works for larger items like chairs or shelves or potted plants. It’s not so good for very large items like couches or mattresses. It can be especially bad for couches or mattresses if they get rained on. Nobody wants a soggy place to sit or sleep.
A third alternative is to list your items on Freecycle. You say you’re offering something and interested people let you know they want it and they come take it off your hands. This lets more people know you have something available than if you sidewalked it and it keeps items out of the rain until they are picked up. It’s not a perfect system – people are involved. Sometimes they decide they don’t want an item after all. Sometimes they say they want something and then keep not showing up for arranged pickup times. But heck, you get to get rid of stuff. Maybe you could sell it but, if you’re like me and you got most of your furniture for free, giving stuff away is fun. (And the amount of money I might make selling the stuff is minimal at best.)
The house is almost empty. I’ve got to do some touch up painting on Sunday.
The cat moves to the apartment on Monday. Monday and Tuesday nights will be cleaning days with Wednesday held in reserve if absolutely necessary.
At the same time I need to spend a little time every day getting shelves set up and having books tossed on to them. Yay!