Keeping a clean and organized house has always been a problem for me. Yes, a huge part of it is that I am lazy and hate cleaning but it is more than likely because it is so difficult to clean my home. I have too much stuff. I know it. After living in the same place for 25 years, you tend to accumulate without having to discard. Especially in a large house with an attic and a basement. Lots of spaces to pile crap. Plus my kids like to hoard their stuff.
I have a few obstacles though:
- I can only go through stuff when no one is home. It is unbelievable the stuff I am uncovering that has not been touched for a decade but as soon as I say I am getting rid of it, someone wants to keep it. Well, what they don’t see me get rid of, they won’t miss so I must work under cover.
- Some stuff is just too good to donate or take to the dump. That is probably why it is still here. I more than likely spent good money on it and can’t get my head around the money I wasted. My solution to that is to try to recoup my losses by making some cash.
- I hate garage/yard sales. There is so much planning and pre-organizing. Plus I have to waste a whole day wheeling and dealing with people that want to haggle me down for a quarter. The thought of having one makes me tired. I need to sell my stuff another way.
So far, so good. In the last week and a half, I have made over $500 and I have barely made a dent in the things I could sell. I tell you, it is really encouraging to keep going when you see corners being emptied and money going into your wallet.
If you are like me and hate the thought of having a garage sale but want to make some money by getting rid of stuff you don’t need anymore, here is a list of 5 different ways you can make that happen.
How To Declutter And Make Money Without Having A Yard Sale
- For the big and bulky items. It is best to sell them locally so that you don’t have to deal with shipping. The buyer comes right to your home and removes the item. Plus you get cash right away.
- Place an ad on Facebook, Kijiji, Craigslist, your local paper or any other free app.
- Use high quality images and give as much information as possible. The more detail you give, the less tire kickers you will get and you will reach the right buyer.
- Cross post for the most visibility.
- Be sure to check out similar ads and set your price competitively. Be reasonable. What would you want to pay for that item used?
- Some items may take longer to sell because the buyer isn’t looking when you place your ad. Be patient.
- Respond to enquiries right away and be flexible in viewings and negotiations.
- For the collectible or vintage items. You can still use the method above to sell these types of items but to ensure you get the most bang for your buck, you should go global and try to sell on eBay too.
- Keep in mind there are costs involved when you do. Make sure to factor that into the price you set.
- Don’t forget you will have to package and ship the item when it sells
- You will have to fill out customs forms if you choose to accept bids from other countries.
Selling on eBay will not have as quick a turnaround as method #1 and there are more steps involved but it may get you a higher payout.
- For clothes, baby items and games/electronics. You can certainly sell these items through method #1 and #2 on your own but if you just can’t be bothered doing all the work, do some research and find consignment shops in your area.
- Some cater to clothes/items for just babies or teens as well as for older women. The more targeted the market, the higher the price you will potentially get.
- There are local consignment shops for wedding dresses as well as online.
- Many clothes consignment shops take shoes and purses as well. Check out online sites if you have designer brands.
- For games and electronics, find used product stores that buy from customers.
Always check out policies before you leave your items at a consignment shop. Some buy your items outright, some give store credit and some don’t pay you until your item sells. Be sure you understand all the rules and when/how you will be paid.
- For gold, tools, musical instruments and more. There are pawn and jewellery shops that will give you cash for your gold and/or other household items in good condition. You may not get top dollar but you will save the hassle of selling your things yourself.
For appliances, metal and electronics that don’t work. Look for ads on Facebook, Kijiji, Craiglist and your local paper for items that people are looking for that you may have. I found one guy that picked up and paid me for:
- old washer
- old printer
- old tv’s that didn’t work
- steel frame from futon
- king size steel bed frame
- steel frame from at home gym
Saved me time and energy getting rid of that stuff myself and I was pretty happy with the few dollars in my pocket.
Overall, I have had a very successful week of decluttering and made a few bucks in the process. I am encouraged to keep going and I hope I have given you a few ideas on how you could get money for your stuff without having to sell your soul on your front lawn.
Let me know if you have sold your stuff successfully and how you did it.