Wondering how to make money by decluttering? Then take a look at our brief guide of some useful ideas.
Decluttering may seem dreadful at first, but your work will pay off – literally. In just a couple of easy steps, your trash will become someone else’s treasure and make you richer along the way. Here's how to make money by decluttering - just in case you were wondering.
GET ORGANIZED BEFORE YOU START
The point of decluttering is to remove things that don't add value to your life and to make room for new, valuable things. As we here at i-deal-lifestyle.com say, eliminating unused and unloved items will create a more comfortable, easier-to-be-home life. At first, going through so many things and deciding what to keep and what not to keep may be confusing and increase stress, yet the negative feelings will pass as you progress!
So, how to get started? It's best to go room by room collecting all like items together so you can see how much you own. For Instance, bring all your books together, all your shoes, all the clothing by style, and all the collectibles. At the same time, pick up all the paperwork scattered everywhere. Looking at like-items helps you make good decisions about what to keep. To make this as easy as possible, organize the decluttering process well and look for some tips in The Clutter Remedy: A Guide to Getting Organized for Those Who Love Their Stuff. As you go through things you don't want anymore, remember to sort them into categories, for example, kitchenware, toys, personal items, etc. It will make it easier to identify sellable stuff.
Deep clean along the way. You will feel lighter at the end as if you've moved into a new home!
Organizing is a crucial step in the decluttering process
HOW TO MAKE THE BIGGEST PROFIT
Don't underestimate the value of old things! Unlike some things that lose value as they age, other belongings have the opposite effect. Research what your vintage items are worth before putting them up for sale. Also, sell at the correct time. Halloween or Christmas decorations will sell for more money when it's season time rather than at the beginning of summer.
Don't sell certain things as you find them; wait to clear out everything before you start selling them. Some things are not worth the time and effort it takes to sell and ship individually. Also, some things are worth more as a collection than on their own, such as old video game collections. Old books and magazines are usually sold in bulk. If you have used children's clothes, and you wish to get rid of them, divide them into sizes and sell them together. Other things that are easier to sell in bulk are vinyl, CDs, cassettes, etc.
Packing and shipping things safely are of the utmost importance, so both you and the buyer are satisfied. If you have furniture you don't want anymore, don't worry. The process of selling and shipping furniture today is as easy as it is for smaller items. Furniture movers will easily handle those bulky items that you decide to release. Look for a skilled team to handle moves with valuable items so you can prevent them from being damaged along the way. Investing a little bit prevents your items from being ruined and losing money.
THE CLASSIC GARAGE SALE HELPS YOU MAKE MONEY BY DECLUTTERING
A garage or yard sale is excellent - it's the best option because you won't deal with shipping or traveling. You are making money just by sitting in your front yard! The disadvantage is, of course, the number of people who will see what you are selling. You can announce it a few days before via social media to attract more people. Another thing to consider is that you can sell items for more money online, where people can bid and raise the price. So, it will not be as profitable as online selling, yet it is less of a hassle.
THE ONLINE MARKET IS ONE OF THE BEST PLACES TO MAKE MONEY
Whatever's left from the garage sale, you can put it online. Here you have more audience looking to buy. So, how can you make the most of it? For starters, be as descriptive as possible and, most importantly, be honest. Take the time to take outstanding photos of your items and write down the details. Today you have many options for where to sell; Social media has adapted to the desires of people looking to sell things fast and locally. Selling online has never been easier.
WHERE ELSE CAN YOU SELL?
Don't have time to sell items individually? Go to a consignment store to speed up your process, or hire a professional organizer with services to list your items and coordinate the sales. Getting support is one of the easiest ways to sell things in bulk. Or, even if you don't want to sell or give away your things, it will pay off. Donating to a Goodwill store can be used as a tax deduction.
If you own vintage items, find the best buyer or go to your local antique dealer, who will give you an estimate of how much your should valuables will fetch. Besides antique shops, reach out to collectors for those rare items such as comic books, trading cards, stamps, and old currency. As for jewelry, go to jewelry stores and sell it to the highest bidder.
Do you have a garage full of old sporting equipment? Well, you are not alone. So much so that there are second-hand shops specifically for them. So, sort out your gear, see what you will use, and take the rest there!
Caring for your planet can pay off as well! Take your old electronics, batteries, cardboard, ink cartridges, or whatever scrap metal you have laying around the house to your nearest e-waste and recycling centers. Clearing your home of old items is not essential, yet the responsible thing to do while decluttering.
Also, an excellent time to Declutter is when moving in with your significant other or roommates. The combination of your and their items will quickly result in a mess of multiplying objects.
THINK OF THE END RESULT
Your home will look fresh and unique again! You will see why most people feel less stressed when they clean their house or apartment. Your space will be easier to clean, more free space will be available, and you will feel an energized vibe.
Take it one step at a time, and soon it will be like a new house. You will feel optimistic and refreshed. It’s a winning opportunity to change your perspective and make some money.
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Marla is known as the Declutter Your Strategy™ expert. Marla earned her BA in Psychology and a Master's in Social Work and is the founder of