How Decluttering Can Earn You Cash

 

Happy Thursday! Hope you all had a great week we are one day away from the weekend. For the past couple of weekends, I have been in major declutter mode. The kind where your husband starts asking if he is next to be sold off? In all seriousness, I am a keeper of things. I have always been that way. If it is something I ‘could’ be using in the future, I keep it because I find it a waste to rebuy it later. However, I took a good look around my house and realized so many things were being unused and had to go. Do you have a house project you would like to help pay for? Maybe a family vacation? Or what about your savings for Christmas gifts?

One of my goals (some call them resolutions) at the beginning of the year was to live more minimally.  That would include decluttering the tons of stuff that is just not being used around my house. Instead of letting it overwhelm you, I found it best to take it space or room by room. For example: your closet, your make up/beauty products, your linen closet, your living room, your craft area, your play area, the garage, etc. Take it one by one and choose one of four things; keep, sell, donate or throw away.

Of course some items are just straight to the garbage. Some items can be saved from a landfill and can be sold or donated. Think of a win-win scenario–someone out there is looking to buy the item and they buy it from you gently used. It would save another one of that item going through the cycle and sending to a landfill. 🙂 Plus you made a little cash. When deciding whether to donate or sell, think ‘is it something you could sell quickly?’ If so, use the many resell streams available; FB marketplace, Let it Go, Poshmark, etc. I have noticed electronics, household goods and furniture seem to go well on FB marketplace in my area. Clothing, jewelry, shoes and accessories tend to go well on Poshmark. (and the buyer pays for shipping)

What areas of your house need the most decluttering? Ask yourself, when is the last time you used or wore the item? Then ask, ‘Can I get something, rather than nothing for this item?’

After you have decluttered your first space, you can now organize your keep items in that space and move to the next area. Once you have finished, do not forget to take all your donations and be sure to list/sell all ‘sell’ items for cash. Don’t think of it as your only getting $20 bucks think of it as it will all add up if you sell most or all the items in your sell pile! You will be shocked at the hundreds of dollars, if not more you can bring in.

Happy decluttering

Jessica

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