I’ve been on a big de-cluttering kick lately ever since I discovered whole blogs devoted to the subject. I’ve cleaned out my kitchen, my closet, my garage, and more. I now have a lot less stuff, and thanks to these four easy ways to turn your clutter into cash, I have a lot more green in my bank account.
Host a Yard Sale
The easiest way I’ve gotten rid of my clutter and made some cash is by having a yard sale. Embarrassingly enough, I’ve had a yard sale at my house every spring since I moved into my house. (I moved in during the fall of 2012, so I’ve had three yard sales already.)
Every year I collect things in my basement in large storage totes until the spring when I have my yard sale. I always think I won’t have enough to have a sale the next year, and yet somehow I always find more stuff to get rid of. Now that I’ve slowed my spending down considerably, I hope that I’ll finally get caught up. Plus to be fair, my mom and cousin usually contribute a lot of stuff to the yard sale every year too. 🙂
Visit a Consignment Store
If you have some really good stuff, it might be worth it to visit a consignment store to make more money out of your clutter. After all, one man’s clutter is another man’s treasure.
I have taken name brand clothing to a consignment store in the past and while I never get anywhere near what I paid for the items, I still get more than I would at a yard sale.
There are some pretty strict rules at some consignment stores regarding what they will and won’t accept, and how long you can leave your items there to be sold. So make sure you check that out before you decide to consign your stuff.
Post Things on Facebook
I live in a pretty small town, but we have a very active Buy/Sell/Trade group on Facebook for my community. Once in a while I get tempted and buy something on there, but most of the time I just sell things. It can be a pain to try to get together with someone to sell them the item, and it’s definitely not worth my time if the item I’m selling is worth less than about $10. But some things sell like hotcakes on there so it’s worth a try if you have a group like this in your community.
Sell Through an Online Account
The internet is also a great way to get rid of clutter and make extra money. In the past I have sold things on Ebay, and Amazon with some success. To use these online mediums you definitely need to do your research to make sure it’s worth your time, effort, and the shipping costs to sell your items online.
If you aren’t a big fan of either of those options there are plenty of online consignment stores and re-sale shops that will buy things from you too. I have looked into options like ThredUp for my gently used clothes, but I’ve never personally found anything worth sending in to them.
Getting rid of clutter has a lot of benefits, and if you go about it in the right way, one of those benefits can be a little more cash in your pocket.
Are you on a de-cluttering kick? How have you gotten rid of your clutter? Have you ever made money off of it?
Photo courtesy of: NathanCopely