By Amanda Wilkes:
If you’re like most of us, you have clutter somewhere in your house. It may be in your closet, kitchen, guest room, or even in the spare bathroom storage area. Many of us have items that we no longer use but continue to hold on to. We fear that perhaps someday down the road we may need the item, so we latch on to it for the long haul. Years later, we run into that item we just had to keep — hidden behind many other piles — ultimately finding ourselves wondering why we have held onto this particular item for so long … and not imagining when we would ever use it again. So, rather than storing unnecessary items that you think you may use some day in next century, let’s get realistic and let them go!
There are so many places nowadays where you actually can sell your unwanted items for a fair price! Click on the “Decluttering Checklist” link below to see an organized list of things to consider selling.
Once you have decided what you would like to sell, the next step is to choose how you would like to sell it. Below are a few popular options:
- Craigslist —This is an online market where you can sell pretty much anything! Simply create a listing in your local area and wait for the phone calls/emails to come in! You can list items from your home computer or mobile device.
- Let Go — This is a newer online market and is still gaining interest. Many items are bought and sold daily on Let Go. This app can be downloaded to your mobile device. It offers easy chatting with interested buyers and is extremely user friendly.
- eBay — Set up a profile, list your items, and begin a bidding war. See how much you can get for your unused items!
- Social Networks such as Facebook offer pages and groups for buying and selling items among your friends and social network.
- Sell to your local secondhand store. Simply find your local trade store by searching online. Then bring your items to the store and negotiate a price with the store representative.
- Have a garage sale! Be sure to advertise your garage sale a few weeks in advance in the local paper or on social media. On the day of the garage sale, be sure to have clearly marked signs directing people to your location.
- Lastly, if you have tried all of these methods, donate your unused items to your local community shelter. People in need will gladly take your unused items and will appreciate them more than you will ever know!
What is your favorite method of decluttering? Taking a minimalist approach to your living spaces and decluttering them will give you a clear mind — maybe even some money in your pocket! Give it a try and let us know how you feel!