7 Decluttering Tips and How You Can Make Money From It
This is a guest post from James of PerfectCutsandMiters.com.
All of us deal with a cluttered home at one point or another. Unfortunately, before we know it, we find that there are all sorts of items that we just don’t use, and are getting in the way of us enjoying our homes fully.
This is when you know it’s time to declutter. If you’ve been putting it off because you just don’t know where to start, now is the time to start the decluttering process. Not only can you get rid of a lot of items that you no longer use, but you can also make some money in the process. Here are 7 decluttering tips and how you can earn from selling your unwanted items
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7 DECLUTTERING TIPS AND HOW YOU CAN MAKE MONEY FROM IT
Sell Items In Facebook Groups
Have you ever noticed just how many clothes you have in your closet? There’s a good chance that you only wear about a third of them.
Don’t keep all of these unworn clothes in hopes that you will wear them someday. Sell them in a Facebook group. There’s a good chance that there are several local Facebook groups in your area where you can quickly sell these clothes without a lot of hassle.
In order to get people interested, you will need to take pictures of these clothes and when you post them, provide a detailed description of your items. One of the nice things about selling your unwanted clothes in Facebook groups is that you can easily reach a lot of people without having to do a lot of work.
Have A Garage Sale
Over time, we may end up accumulating furniture that we simply don’t need. When others offer to give us items it is difficult to say no and before you know it, you may find yourself with an extra coffee table or recliner that you simply don’t need.
Don’t keep these items in your home as they will just make it look cluttered. Pick a Saturday when there will be good weather and hold a garage sale. You will find that there are plenty of people that are looking for furniture and may be more than willing to take the items you don’t need off of your hands as long as the price is right.
Post Items On eBay
We end up with all sorts of knick-knacks over the years. It’s all too tempting to purchase that cute little trinket you find at the store or to pick up various mementos when we are on vacation.
Before we know it our house becomes filled with these types of items even though they never get used. Instead of keeping them, you should consider selling them on eBay.
Some of these items might prove to be very valuable. By simply putting some of these unwanted knick-knacks on eBay, you can end up with a nice chunk of change that you can set aside for a vacation or just put into your bank account to save for a rainy day.
4. BABY AND KID ITEMS
Bring Them To A Consignment Shop
Babies and kids outgrow their items very fast. It’s pretty easy to accumulate a lot of these items that they will never be able to use in the future.
When you start decluttering your home, take the time to go through all of your child’s items. You just might find that you have a lot of clothing, gear, and toys that you can get rid of and will never miss.
Take these items to a consignment shop so that they can be sold for you. Dependent on the consignment shop, they may give you cash or a credit that you can use for future purchases.
Sell Items At A Pawn Shop
While it’s fun to buy the latest electronics when they come out, often times we find ourselves bored with them rather quickly and no longer use these items.
Instead of just letting them sit in your home to collect dust, consider taking them to a pawn shop. Many consumers are looking for these products at a discounted price that they can afford.
Pawning your electronics is a great way to earn some cash while giving other individuals the opportunity to purchase electronics that they want, at a good price.
6. UTILITY ROOM AND GARAGE
Return Unopened Items To The Store
Utility rooms and garages end up just becoming a store all for items that we don’t need. If you take an inventory of both of these spaces, you may be surprised to find that you have quite a few items that you’ve never even opened.
If you don’t plan on using them, try to take them back to the store you purchased them from in order to get a refund. Even if you don’t have a receipt, they still may be able to offer you an in-store credit.
7. WHOLE HOUSE OVERHAUL
Make Money By Posting Videos On A Youtube Channel
Many people are looking for tips and ideas when it comes to decluttering their home. If you are wanting to overhaul your entire house and get rid of a lot of items, you can make some money in a creative way.
Setup your own Youtube channel and make videos of you decluttering your home – just make sure that the videos are entertaining and something that others will want to watch.
Once you make a video, share it with others on your personal social media pages and ask your followers to share it with their followers so that you can get more subscribers and make more money.
In conclusion, as you can see there are numerous ways that you can make money by decluttering your home. While it may seem overwhelming at first, by utilizing the above tips you can go through each area of your home and sell all of your unwanted items.
Just remember that your home didn’t get cluttered in one day so it may take several weeks, or even months, for you to remove all of your unwanted items and to sell them.
In order to stay motivated throughout the entire process, try to treat yourself a bit with some of the money that you make along the way.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
James Niehaus owns and operates a cabinet shop specializing in fine furniture, reproductions, and custom architectural fixtures. He also runs relevant online venture – PerfectCutsandMiters.com.
He is a master cabinetmaker, writes for woodworking magazines and loves giving advice to new woodworkers. He also teaches woodworking throughout the country in colleges, woodworking clubs, schools, and seminars.