Lighten Up! Tips for Letting Go in 2024 – Outdoor Playsets

A swingset and play structure with a slide. Female memoji with her hands around her smile at her face. Lighten Up! Tips for Letting Go in 2024 – Outdoor Playsets

It may be cold outside today, but before long it will be warming up, providing the opportunity to get outside. When the seasons turn, we feel the itch to get outside and make the most of our outdoor space. Today on “Lighten Up,” let’s consider what to do with outdoor playsets.

Getting a playset can be a highlight of a young person’s life. I remember well the year that Santa brought one to our daughters. He managed to get it installed and completely “wrapped,” in spite of a powerful windstorm. What a guy! It was worth it, though, as my daughter was delighted to discover what she had received.

A few years later, we moved homes and brought the playset with us. It was quite large and made of wood, so this move required a bit of disassembly and reassembly. Jump forward another decade and the playset was no longer getting used. In fact, it was sitting untouched long enough to need a bit of sprucing up. The question was, what to do with it?

If you find yourself in a similar situation, these are the things to consider.

First, is the playset in good enough condition to be enjoyed by a child?

In our case, the answer was, “yes.” A bit of sanding/cleaning and a new set of chains were really all that was needed.

Second, can your playset be dismantled and moved?

Some playsets, especially the old metal ones, can be very hard to take apart. Rust can set in, preventing removal of the bolts in a way that doesn’t damage the structure.

If your playset is in good enough shape to be reused by someone else, and if it can be safely moved, your best option is to find someone who wants it. This is what we did. I took a few photos of our playset and posted it as “free” on one of the social media sites (I think it was a buy/sell Facebook group with members from our town). I advertised that whoever wanted it would have to come and pick it up. I was delighted when someone expressed interest right away. The family arrived, dismantled the entire set, and took it away for their children to enjoy. For me, it was a total “win/win!”

If your playset is not in good shape, or if disassembling it for reuse is not possible, your best option is to have it hauled away. I checked with my local junk hauler (Junkluggers) to get an estimate for what it might cost. He estimated around $500 to have it taken apart and removed. Of course, this number will depend completely on where you live, as well as the size/condition of your set.

If you want to try taking your playset apart on your own, here is a Youtube™ video you can watch for tips. Doing this step might make it possible for you to take the pieces to your local town waste facility by yourself, saving money.

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Shedding unwanted playsets frees up space for things you may value more highly at your current stage, such as a garden, hammock, or fire pit. Additionally, removing anything from your property that could injure a child is worth the effort.

Did you have a playset growing up? Do you know what happened to it?

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4 thoughts on “Lighten Up! Tips for Letting Go in 2024 – Outdoor Playsets”

  1. Good suggestions. I think the metal ones are difficult and $500 seems like a lot to get ride of them but when you consider the work to disassemble them, it makes sense.

  2. My husband and I are wanting to update the landscaping in our backyard this next year to make it more kid friendly, ie ripping out all the dead trees, failed gardening section, and our old rotting playset and throwing it in a dumpster rental. I feel like not a lot of people have wood playsets anymore, and now I see why. I kind of understand, but I still think we’re going to replace our old one with a wood one as well. That’s a great point with being able to move it. I think we’re in our forever home, but we might change our minds about where we want to place the swing set. Thank you so much for sharing, you’ve helped me make my decision!

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