Spring cleaning? Spring cleaning can be a nightmare for some homeowners, especially if you are in the mood to clean and de-clutter. Here’re some ways you can get rid of that old sofa or rusty bedframe.
There are basically two things you can do: Donate your unwanted items or sell them away. Of course, that means your furniture should be in working condition.
Give your bulky furniture a chance to live elsewhere, through these channels.
1. Call your HDB town council or estate cleaner supervisor
If you stay in HDB public housing, your town council actually offers free disposal for up to three bulky items per month. All you need to do is to find that notice board at your HDB void deck, and look for the hierarchy chart of estate staff serving your block. There will be a cleaning supervisor’s mobile number listed.
You can try to call that number to arrange for a moving date in advance. You will need to let them know that you are disposing a sofa, or a fridge, for example, so the estate cleaning team knows to bring two, or three guys along. If you can’t get through the phone, chances are they are working. Drop them a simple SMS to let them know your unit, time, date, and the object.
If your item requires dismantling, most of the estate cleaners will do it for you if you offer a fee. Again, speak to them and let them know in advance. Be kind to them, and they will help you in your spring cleaning or moving greatly.
For condominium apartment owners, it’s not so simple. You will need to check with the management for their furniture disposal policies, their approved and preferred waste disposal service. Otherwise, you can check out NEA’s approved list of public waste collectors.
2. Call Junk to Clear
Burdened with clutter that you can’t donate or sell? Hire Junk to Clear, a waste management and bulky waste removal company that has been around since 2009. Junk to Clear removes bulky furniture from residential properties and commercial properties such as offices as well.
Engaging them is pretty convenient – you can just pop over to the website, send them a WhatsApp picture of your item and location, and get a quotation. Junk to Clear is able to do last-minute same-day furniture removal as well.
Image: Hock Siong & Co
3. Sell to Hock Siong & Co
If you’ve got a pretty cool piece of furniture that you can’t bear to see to the trash centre, you might want to consider selling it instead. One of the most popular buy-upcycle-resell retro businesses in Singapore must be Hock Siong & Co, located in Junjie Industrial building along 153 Kampong Ampat.
Started in 2009, the Hock Siong & Co family has got an eye for treasure. The coolest part about Hock Siong & Co must be the fact that they have two ex-karung guni (rag and bone men) on their team – the founder and his grandmother.
They specialise in restoring old Chinese-style and classic furniture and homeware, like wardrobes, sideboards, chairs, tables vases and crockery –so if you have any traditional items in fairly good condition, give them a call.
They might ask for a photograph of the items to assess them before they arrange for collection and pay for your offerings. They like to buy in bulk, so this is the perfect service if you’re moving house or upgrading your dining room.
4. Sell to Second Charm
Second Charm is quite a destination of its own. Located at 21 Kallang Avenue, Mapletree Industrial Building (fifth floor), the warehouse space is jam packed with curious vintage chairs, consoles, tables that you will spend hours examining and pouring over.
The team at Second Charm gives unwanted retro furniture a new lease of life, pretty much like Hock Siong & Co mentioned above. However, over at Second Charm, the team only takes in items with vintage value – faded armchairs, coffee tables, study desks and timber cabinets are cleaned, mended, given a new coat of paint or upholstery. They will pay for your items, depending on the condition.
Note: It’s only polite to give these shops a call before dumping your unwanted furniture on their premises! And, make sure they are in relatively good condition too.
5. Sell to Cash Converters
Remember to ’90s and ’00s phenomenon that was Cash Converters? They’re still around and active in Singapore.
Unbeknownst to many, Cash Converters do buy and sell bulky home appliances as well. And you don’t have to drag your home HiFi systems to the heartland malls.
You can request for a free Cash Converters housecall if you intend to sell them bulky home appliances such as home theatre systems, desktop computers and music equipment.
To request for a Cash Converters housecall, all you need to do is to visit their website, and fill up a housecall request form. The Cash Converter team will then reach out to you.
However, if they visit you but you end up backing out and changing your mind, Cash Converters will charge you a $50 transport fee. Do call them to check the range of items they accept and do not accept.
6. Donate to Pass it On
Started by the Central Singapore Community Development Council and managed by welfare organization The Helping Hand, Pass It On matches items that people want to donate to the wish lists of the needy.
How does that works?
Post a picture of what you want to give away (bulky furniture, electrical goods, mobility aids, you name it) together with a short description of it on the website – your item should still be useful and work. Then, wait for someone to accept your donation.
Social workers from 285 voluntary welfare organisations are participants in the initiative – they too will post requests for items that families under their charge need.
They do not have storage space, so your item goes directly to the needy. You can deliver it to them, or pay a fee for it to be picked up from your home.
7. Donate to New2U Thrift Shop
Located conveniently in town at 96 Waterloo Street, the New2U Thrift Shop is run by volunteers from the Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations (SCWO).
New2U Thrift Shop accepts clothes, books, toys, bags and utensils – all of which are then sold there in their shop. Proceeds go towards Star Shelter – a temporary refuge for women and children who are victims of violence – as well as to other SCWO initiatives.
To donate, indicate “Donation for New2U” on your giveaway bags and drop them off at the thrift shop.
8. Donate to Sgfreecycle
Free is the keyword here. Post what you want to give away in a on the SG Freecycle Facebook Group, and if there’s someone looking for your donation, it’s a done deal.
Even though SG Freecycle started as a website, most givers and receivers liaise through the Facebook page, where you can upload photos of your item and wait for a taker.