In addition to giving away six pieces of furniture, we turned two pieces into something different.
We had a pair of these "secretary" desks - two file drawers each, a flip-down door with storage and a writing surface, and four drawers above. They were in the category of "kind of cool but not exactly optimal." We didn't really need them for office storage, so getting rid of them was an option.
But we WERE going to need nightstands. In the old apartment, our bed was flanked by bookcases that had drawers, and we just pulled out a drawer to put a cup of water, or a book, or a phone on. The bookcases were not going in the bedroom in the new old house.
So ... what about turning the secretary desks into nightstands?
Here's what they looked like originally.
(Pay no attention to the clutter on the chair.) The desk things had a neat, small footprint and those tantalizing drawers ... because there was no room in the new bedroom for a dresser, either. Our platform bed has four drawers, but is there any bedroom that cannot use more storage? I didn't think so.
In the open position. We thought it should be possible to bisect the carcass of the piece below the top drawers. Mr. P further thought that he could use the drop-down doors as bases, to reinforce and stabilize the new pieces.
I find the bottom cubby perfect for stashing my house slippers and legwarmers (it's been chilly). The drawers hold my undergarments. So this reinvention provided just the amount of storage I needed.