Oh the Places Your Couch Will Go
You may not think about your couch’s life as much as you think about your own, but it can be just as eventful. Although it functions without feelings, your couch can impact a lot of people during the course of its journey.
And the difference between a meaningful journey and an abruptly short one can be determined by the willingness of people to reuse, exchange, donate, and sell the couch at every opportunity.
So let’s visit the narrative of just one particular couch and see just how much is seen and impacted during the course of its life.
The hero of our tale, That Blue Couch, was manufactured in a facility 800 miles away and required 15 yards of burlap and 10 yards of muslin for the filling. To hold it together and maintain its signature shape, it was held together by approximately 1,000 tacks and 200 yards of twine. Lots of material and labor to produce just this one symbol of relaxation.
The first owner of That Blue Couch is a young married couple with a new home, new jobs, and money to burn. For the first year, they spend an average of 4 hours per day on the couch, watching movies and entertaining guests (guests that will total an average of 800 visits over the life of the couch).
And when guests aren’t over, the couple uses the couch to cuddle an average of 14 times per month. This cuddling eventually leads to the bedroom and an additional member of the family. Soon, the toddler is losing around 4 toys every month down the cushions of the couch. And in another year, the little tike is strong enough to jump an average of 74 times up and down on the couch.
With another kid on the way and a move to a new home, the young couple decides to exchange That Blue Couch with a neighbor for an entertainment system and a newer sectional. The neighbor has recently reunited with his ex-wife, and wants some new furniture to symbolize this fresh start.
Unfortunately, this fresh start devolves into old trends, and the couch hosts plenty of arguments throughout the year, adding to its lifelong average of 300 witnessed spats. And when tensions really mount, the couch doubles as a bed for one angry husband, as it will for 36 separate nights.
When the couple split once more, That Blue Couch isn’t spared either, and is posted online. This time, a 20-something college grad snaps it up, and places it at the center of his garden apartment living room.
The computer programmer and gamer is not the tidiest or most mindful guy, and contributes significantly to the 1600 spills that the couch will have endured during its life. He also loses and rediscovers tons of change between the cushions about 3 times each month, totaling an average of $36 of reclaimed cash every year.
Eventually, the programmer lands a great gig on the other side of the country and hastily donates That Blue Couch to his local Goodwill. Thanks to his donation, he contributes to an institution that funnels 82 percent of its revenue directly into employment and training programs for the disabled and other people with employment barriers.
A handy DIYer spots the couch at the Goodwill store and takes it home. She refurbishes and re-upholsters That Blue Couch so it’s now That Floral Couch. She holds onto the couch for years, using it as a centerpiece for over 300 girls nights. It’s not long before one pivotal date night quickly turns That Floral Couch into That Couch That Doesn’t Quite Fit The Newly Engaged Couple’s Shared Aesthetic, and the couch re-enters the exchange cycle.
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The cycle continues, as That Floral Couch becomes That Pinstriped Couch and That Beige Couch and accumulates change and toys, cuddles and arguments, visitors and spills, till it finally reaches a family on moving day that figure its on its last legs. They call their local eco-friendly junk removal company to ensure it doesn’t get thrown on the scrap heap and that every piece that went into its manufacture years ago gets recycled.
Such a decision prevents the wood, fabric, and foam waste from decomposing and producing greenhouse gases and leaching any chemicals into the water and soil. It also helps preserve resources by diminishing the need for new materials for new production.
Thanks to the decision by every owner at every life change to exchange, donate, or sell the couch rather than trash it, That Blue Couch was able to impact so many lives and be a part of thousands of moments saving money, preventing waste, and helping the environment all at the same time.
About the Author: Joe Weidman is the founder and owner of 1-800-JUNK-Relief.com, Joe’s expertise is finding creative, efficient, and safe solutions to junk removal projects big and small. Feel free to contact him via email or Google+ and follow 1-800-Junk-Relief.com on Twitter and Facebook.
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