With the prices of living essentials ever on the rise, finding ways to make extra money is imperative. Find 6 ways to make money from your clutter here.
According to CNBC a whopping 78% of Americans who work full-time are still living paycheck to paycheck.
This means that if an emergency were to arise that would cause them to take time off of work or burden them with unexpected bills, they would sink into significant debt in the blink of an eye.
Looking at these statistics, you might be wondering how on earth it is possible to save money, let alone make ends meet even if you are working yourself to the bone. Nevermind getting all of your bills paid and saving up some money on a low income.
Shortly after getting married I became a stay at home wife, which meant my husband and I would be going from two incomes down to one, while the bills that we had stayed the same and we acquired more bills.
This meant that we were going to have to do some serious researching and brainstorming to find ways to make this whole one income family thing work.
While doing our research we came across a number of ways to make living on one income work, but we soon found out that it wasn’t always as easy as people made it sound.
Over months we have settled into a pretty good routine and we’ve been able to comfortably make living on one income work.
Not only are we making ends meet, we are thriving in different unique ways than if we were to have two incomes, and we are able to save money alongside paying bills and living our lives.
So, what’s the magic potion that made living on one income possible for us?
Believe it or not, there is no magic potion – it is simply applying different things to our lives that help us save money, cut costs, and live frugally. The “magic potion” is self-control.
One of the things that we have found has helped us out a lot, is finding small ways to make some extra money every month.
On months that we do manage to make some extra money, that money goes straight into our savings account.
There are countless ways to make extra money, but one very effective way, and it happens to be one of my favorite ways, is to make money from your clutter.
I find this to be one of the best ways to make some extra money every month, because not only are you getting spare cash – you’re also cleaning and decluttering your house all at the same time.
It’s a win-win!
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6 ways to make money from your clutter
1. RETURN UNUSED ITEMS
If you have items lying around your house that you bought but haven’t yet used? If you do, and if it’s still in the timeframe that you have to return your item (and have the tags and receipts), returning these items back to the store is a great way to make your money back and get some of the clutter out of your home.
2. SELL YOUR ITEMS ONLINE
Sites like eBay, Kijiji, Amazon, and Craigslist are just a couple places that you can sell your used stuff online.
If you have furniture, decorations, clothes or other household items that are still in good shape but are doing nothing other than collecting dust around your house, consider selling them online.
The Facebook marketplace is another good option for selling your used items.
If you are selling a lot of things, rather than meeting up with people 5 different days of the week, try and organize it so that you meet up with everyone on the same day, at the same place, within a certain time frame.
Another option for selling your clothing online is to use thredUP.com. You simply send your clothing to them (I believe they pay for postage), then once it sells they pay you. I have never personally used thredUP, but it sounds like it could be a very viable option.
If you spend every day of the week meeting up with people to sell your clutter, you won’t have time to do anything else. Try and make plans to meet up with everyone on one afternoon.
Remember to use caution when meeting up with strangers! Always make sure you meet up in a public area during the day, and bring someone with you if you can.
3. USE CONSIGNMENT STORES
Selling your good-quality clothes at consignment stores is a great way to make more money than just selling them online.
You can also sell your kids clothes, toys, and possibly home decor at consignment stores, too.
4. SELL OLD PHONES AND ELECTRONICS
Sites like Gazelle will pay you for your old smartphones, tablets, laptops, and computers.
I find that old phones seem to end up in the most random places throughout the house. Their power cords and other accessories that seem to sneak their way into every desk drawer can become a nuisance.
I have a bad tendency to keep any old phones, if they still work, just in case my current phone breaks. But, since I have never had an instance where I have had to go back to an old phone, selling them on Gazelle sounds like a great option to make some money.
5. ORGANIZE A GARAGE SALE
If you have lots of stuff that you want to get rid of, everything from old to new items, hosting a garage sale is a good idea.
Keep in mind that items at garage sales don’t sell for very much most of the time, so this definitely won’t be your big breadwinner!
Ask a few friends if they have anything they would like to sell in the garage sale, also, and have them bring their stuff and help you out with the sale.
6. SELL UNWANTED BOOKS
I find that bookshelves seem to collect over the years, with only a couple of the books ever being read. Or maybe you read a few books once, then stuck them on the shelf and haven’t touched them since.
If you have an overabundance of books that you no longer need or read, you can make money off of them.
Whether you choose to sell them on eBay (remember you most likely won’t make as much here), or you can sell them on sites that are specifically meant for selling used books.
These sites include Cash4Books.net, MyBookBuyer.com, Textbooks.com, SellBackYourBook.com, and the Amazon Trade-in Program.
If decluttering and cleaning your house is something you have a hard time doing, realizing that you could potentially be making money off of your clutter should help you work up the motivation you need.
What are some of your favorite ways to make money from your clutter?
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