You may know that clutter causes stress in your home. However, you may not know what to do with all of your excess stuff. As it turns out, you can turn many of your household items into extra cash with a little planning and effort. Interested in learning more? Here are some tips for making an extra buck or two off of your unwanted belongings.
Thoroughly Plan Out Your Purge First
Before you begin listing and selling your stuff, you need to have a solid decluttering plan. Depending on how much you need to get rid of, you may need a day or two to sort through it all, or you may need as long as one month if your home, garage, and yard are full. If the latter applies to you, it’s also likely that you will end up with a lot that needs to be tossed out. Rather than disposing of those items on your own, think about researching the major pros and cons between dumpster rental and junk removal services. If your project will take time, renting a dumpster can fill up at your own pace. Need to clean out your homes fast? You may be better off using a junk removal service that will do the work for you.
Next, Figure Out Your Selling Options
Now that you’ve sorted and discarded, most of the hard work is over. Take stock of the items you have decided to sell and select what the most profitable second-hand selling method will be. If you have a lot to sell and a free weekend, hosting a garage sale can get rid of a lot all at once. Stock up on some price stickers and advertise your sale with online listings and physical signage. That last part is crucial because it helps you capitalize on more weekend bargain hunters. No time to organize a yard sale? You can sell your stuff on a more flexible schedule by using an online classified site. Most people think of Craigslist when it comes to selling second-hand, but you can also check out sites like LetGo and Offerup. Facebook also offers local marketplaces that can be useful for selling unwanted items.
Be Safe When Selling to Strangers Online
Listing and selling your items online is easy, but you also need to think about safety. Just like any other online selling site, Craigslist and online classifieds can be prone to fraudulent activity. Beware of any buyers who refuse to meet in person, ask you to send money, or use suspicious PayPal links in attempt to capture your personal information for their profit. Even if a buyer will meet you to purchase your items, you still need to exercise caution. Never meet up with buyers alone and try to choose a public spot to complete your transaction. It can be tempting to have buyers come to your home to pick up larger items but doing so can put you at risk. Buyers may be casing your home or may even be planning a more serious crime against you.
Decide How to Get Rid of Your Unsold Items
Despite your best efforts, sometimes your stuff just doesn’t sell. If you have leftovers from your efforts, don’t let them pile back up into clutter. Instead, consider donating to a local non-profit as soon as you can. Gently used clothing can be given to shelters or groups that provide professional attire for men and women. Have some larger items that you need to get out of your home? Some non-profit organizations may be able to pick up unwanted furniture, appliances, and other large donations up for no charge. Just be sure you’ve cleaned any personal items out of drawers before you make your donation, and ask for a receipt if you need it for tax purposes.
With a little work, your “trash” could be a treasure for extra cash. So, before you throw everything away, think about selling your unwanted goods for a profit. It’s so easy — and your wallet will thank you for the effort!
Suzie Wilson is an interior designer with more than 20 years experience. What started as a hobby (and often, a favor to friends) turned into a passion for creating soothing spaces in homes of every size and style. While her goal always includes making homes look beautiful, her true focus is on fashioning them into serene, stress-free environments that inspire tranquility in all who enter. The Ultimate Guide to Prepping Your Home for an Open House is filled with tips, tricks and other advice based on Suzie’s years of experience in interior home design that will set you up for success.
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