Are you tired of all the clutter in your home? Are you sick of tripping over random items and having no space in your storage drawers? Then there’s a good chance you’re suffering from hoarding tendencies and need to find ways to deal with it.
Luckily, there are plenty of smart and useful ways to clear up the clutter in your home and earn a little money on the side. In most cases, this is going to involve selling your stuff, but we’ve got a couple of great ways to help you through that process so you can make money and clear up your home with ease.
A Guide on How to Clear Your Clutter and Earn a Little Money on the Side
Step 1: Identifying the Clutter
The first thing to do is actually identify the clutter that you have in your home. This means rummaging through your cabinets, wardrobes and drawers to see what you’ve been hoarding all this time. It doesn’t take much to discover that you probably have loads of toys, electronics and even old antiques that are just laying around gathering dust.
While much of this is probably junk that you don’t need, there are some cases in which you should be careful about getting rid of your clutter. We’re going to list a few of the most common reasons why you want to be careful:
Once you’ve identified your clutter, you can start considering whether to sell, donate or trash it. You can use large bins or boxes to help you organize your clutter, and it might make your home look more cluttered for a while. However, once you’ve cleared everything up and sorted it into piles, you’ll find that your home feels much more organized.
Step 2: Choosing to Donate
There are two main options when it comes to getting rid of your clutter; donating and selling. Donating obviously doesn’t give you any money, but it might give you some coupons, discounts or you might even be able to “trade” it at a charity store for something else if you do a little talking.
A good way to start is to separate your piles of clutter. Your donate pile should be filled with clothes and other reusable things that you don’t need anymore. Outdated fashion, clothes that don’t fit you, shoes that are little worn and even older electronics that still work can be donated if you don’t want them anymore. Even furniture can be donated if you have a means of carrying it to the charity storefront. Books are also a great candidate for this.
Just make sure that when you’re giving your stuff away and donating it, that you don’t just leave the items in a box outside of the charity’s storefront. They might consider it as junk if you don’t categorize it, label it or include a note with it. In addition, different charity stores accept different kinds of items. For example, some stores specialize in clothing goods and will only accept them if they’ve been washed already. On the other hand, some stores will accept all types of clothing (even torn and broken clothing) because they’ll wash it for you, recycle the stuff that isn’t wearable and even organize it for you.
Make sure you take a look at the requirements and conditions that each charity store has before you drop your stuff off. If there are certain items they don’t take, make sure to pick them out of your boxes of clutter and give them to a different charity. If items are beyond repair and can’t be fixed or the charity specifically states they won’t deal with it, then there’s no choice but to take it somewhere else.
Step 3: Choosing to Sell
If you prefer to sell your clutter, then donating should only be used for things that probably won’t make money. This includes bags of outdated clothing or perhaps old books.
Selling typically means that you'll have to get your items in good condition before you advertise them. The only exception for this is if you’re willing to sell your goods partially damaged. An example of this is if you’re trying to sell an old video games console. It’s a good idea to check if it’s working and to gather extra parts in case you’re missing anything from the original packaging. It’s also good to get the box it originally came in. However, if you don’t have access to the box or you’re not even sure if it’s working, then you’ll need to mark the price down a little and let people know that it’s untested.
You’ll also need to pick the right place to sell your stuff, so here are a couple of ideas for you:
These are the two most basic methods of selling your clutter, and they’re both fairly straightforward processes.
Step 4: Privates Ways to Sell Goods
Another option is to sell your goods on an auctioning site. You can sell virtually anything on eBay but most people won’t touch your goods unless you’re a trustworthy seller or have some kind of credentials. You can also sell your goods on private advertisements such as on Craigslist, or you could even sell them on speciality forums and trading sites that are made for the transfer of specific goods. A good example of this would be high-end clothing trades that take place over Facebook and special apps.
Selling your goods privately is a great way to get more money out of your goods because people can often appreciate them better. Someone might not understand the value of an old video game that you have, and they might consider the garments you’re selling to be fake when they’re authentic high-end fashion pieces. The goal is to find sellers that know how much your stuff is worth to ensure you get the best price possible for goods.
Make sure you take plenty of pictures and describe the product as best you can. When it comes to authenticity, make sure you have proof such as receipts or something similar to help you prove your case.
Clearing out your clutter is a fantastic way to save money and give yourself more space at home. You probably have tonnes of clutter gathering around your home and getting rid of it can be easy if you’re willing to sift through your trash and pick out the stuff you can sell.