We are drawing to the end of our fourth week of “Lighten Up! Tips for Letting Go in 2024.” Have you had success in clearing some space in your home so far? Today I’m going to talk about an object that can be difficult to get rid of: pianos.
Pianos are beautiful and functional, but they can take up unnecessary space if they aren’t ever being used. I have worked with many clients who have been willing to let go of their piano, but haven’t known how to do so. Pianos are heavy and difficult to move, and since pianos are expensive, most people want to see them rehomed in a place where they will be valued.
Donating your piano is a great option, but it isn’t always easy. I often see people suggest you contact local churches and schools. You can try this option, however, given there seems to be a glut of used pianos around, you might not generate any interest.
You can always post your piano as “free” on a social media site, bearing in mind that whoever takes it will likely need to hire a piano mover to pick it up. Piano moving is a specialty. Unfortunately, it is easy to damage a piano if moved without taking the proper precautions.
There are a couple of charities who offer help in rehoming pianos. On these organizations’ websites, you can enter information about your piano to determine whether your instrument fits their specific programs and their unique specifications.
Another option is to reach out to local piano instructors (either private teachers or musical educators at your local school) to see if any students are in need of a piano.
If all else fails, you can just hire a junk hauler to dismantle your piano and take it away. While this might feel wrong, remember that life is about priorities. If you need the piano to go away, sometimes expediency is the top priority.
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Do you have a piano? Do you have any other resources to share on this topic?