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.
Tips for making money from Decluttering
1.) Have a specific goal for the money.
Having a specific goal helps in any project, but especially when you are a decluttering.
When I first began decluttering my bedroom, my goal was to make enough money to buy new 6 new curtain panels for the windows in my bedroom . When I began on the basement, it was to pay for new shelves and storage tubs. I accomplished both of these goals by following the next two tips....
|I made $225 from decluttering, which was enough to buy these two new heavy duty shelves.|
2.) Price to sell quickly
Price using garage sale prices, or storing items to sell is just adding back to the clutter!!!! Do not be blinded by what you paid for it, that is a one of the biggest obstacles to decluttering!
3.) If it's worth less than $10, donate it (remember to get the tax deduction receipt).
I have tried every different online selling site, and anything under $10 is just not worth the headache of scheduling pick ups. 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.
We LOVE Goodwill drive through donation centers. As soon as I get a back bag to donate, it goes in my trunk. When I am near a goodill, I drop it off any bags in the trunk and get the receipt for tax deduction. Every year, those deductions add up to money in my pocket!
4.) 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.
I don't sell on Craiglist anymore, only Facebook marketplace. Convenience is important, but safety is key.
I also have public library only 3 min from my house, so I do meet-ups there if I don't know the person. Occasionally I will meet someone father away, but only if I am already in that area for another reason. Remember, your time is money too.
If over $20, I will travel a little father than the library or somewhere where I'll already be. I recently drove half hourto sell something, but it was a $75 sale, and worth it. I ran errands at stores near the meet-up while out and about.