Monday, January 9, 2017
How to Make Money from Decluttering
Decluttering has help me stay organized, changed how I spend money, and given me a peace of mind that comes through living more simply.
When you begin your quest to delutter, know that it will be a time investment. Living simply does not come easily for me by any means (seriously, I am not an organized person), but the effort has been well worth the investment Thankfully, I have found that my time investment not only pays in peace of mind, but can also pay in actual money.
In the past 3 weeks , I have sold $225 worth of items from basement, which paid for the two new heavy duty shelves, and new storage tubs I bought before the whole process began.
Tips for making money from Decluttering:
1.) If it's worth less than $10, donate it.
REMEMBER, price to sell, or your storing of items to sell is just adding back to the clutter!!!! Price using garage sale prices, if you would not pay more than $10 for it at a garage sale, then it isn't worth it! Do not be blinded by what you paid for it, that is a one of the biggest obstacles to decluttering!
I have tried every different online selling site, and anything under $10 is just not worth the headache to me. My time is also money, and the time scheduling pick ups, tracking who is coming when, and storing items until they are bought, is NOT WORTH IT.
2.) If it's worth less than $20, do pick up at your house ,or within a few blocks, if you don't know the buyer.
If pick-up is at my house, and I don't know the person, I always schedule it for when my husband is able to be home. I don't sell on Craiglist anymore, only Facebook marketplace. I love being able to look at some one's profile before setting up a meet, my children's safety the most important thing, and I am not inviting a stranger to my house in the middle of the day when my husband is not home. I have public library only 3 min from my house, so I do meet-ups there if a stranger can not meet at my home in the evening.
If over $20, I will travel a little father than the library. I recently drove half hour (only 10 miles, but through busy section of town) to sell something, but it was a $75 sale, and worth it. I ran errands at stores near the meet-up while out and about.
REMEMBER, price to sell, or your storing of items to sell is just adding back to the clutter!!!! Price using garage sale prices.