If your home office is due for an upgrade, you’re probably excited about all the new equipment that you will be able to use. But what about the old, outdated things that you will no longer need? Whether you have an old PC, a battered desk, a printer that barely works anymore, or so on, there are plenty of ways to dispose of them. Try one of these methods, based on what works best for you.

Sell them online

If you have something that still has a little value – even if only a little – then you can always try to sell it online. While you might be able to upgrade to new equipment, there will Afterward be people out there who are trying to set up a new office and don’t have a big budget to get what they need. They will probably be grateful if you have something they are in need of for a discounted price.

There are lots of auction sites like eBay, vintage items can go on Etsy, and there are also options like the Facebook Marketplace. Set a fair price, rather than thinking about profit, since you aren’t interested in using these items anymore anyway.

Give them away

Of course, if the items are of little value, you might be thinking that there’s no one out there who would bother to buy them. Or it might be that there’s no profit involved due to the time and effort it would take you to list these items online. In this case, you can give them away instead.

Your first option is to take them to a charity shop, where the staff members will sell them on for a low fee. This is a good way to give back to others. You can also use swapping sites like Freecycle, Olio, or Gumtree. These sites are where you can list items for free, and the new owner just has to come and pick them up.

Upcycle them

There might just be some elements of your office equipment that can be saved. For example, if you have a broken down old office chair, it might be something that you can salvage by fixing it up and reupholstering it. This is known as upcycling: taking something old and battered, and giving it a new lease of life. Afterwards, you can keep it for your own use, sell it, or give it away, as you wish. You could even look for someone in your local area who does upcycling and pass the items on to them so that they can do a more professional job for you.

Throw them out

Finally, if there’s no use to be had at all from your items, you might as well throw them away. Since the pieces are bound to be quite bulky, you can’t simply put them out with your normal household waste. Instead, you will need to take them to the tip yourself or hire a skip that you can fill. Alternatively, you can hire a company who will come to take away all of your home office rubbish for you. No doubt this is the easiest option, and they will dispose of everything correctly so that nothing ends up in the wrong place. That will take the weight off your shoulders!

Don’t just throw out your home office equipment when you replace it, as if it was an old newspaper. There are many more options! Get rid of them in the right way, and you might even be able to profit.

Melanie Saunders

Melanie Saunders is a blogger and content manager at 1300 Rubbish – experts in the field of rubbish and junk removal. Personally, a huge fan of sustainability and green living.