Where to start? When I started de-cluttering, that was a question that was tough to answer. I saw so much stuff that we needed to get rid of, yet, I wanted to get rid of it in the way that would give us the most bang for our buck.
Early on, I decided to get rid of the things that I could easily sell first. For me, that meant selling on Amazon Marketplace. With Amazon Marketplace, I didn’t have to take any pictures or do any writing. I could just enter the information about the product and then wait for someone to purchase it.
This may or may not be the best solution for your needs. Here are some different strategies for planning out your exodus of stuff:
- De-trash first. Go through your house with a trash bag and throw out anything that is trash. Old magazines, used paper cups, tags from clothing, broken items, etc. Clear a path to your sellable stuff and make a lot of good progress in the beginning. This is a good way to gain some momentum and free up some breathing room in your home.
- Sell the expensive stuff first. Figure out what you want to sell that will make you the most cash. Then, sell it! This is a good way to make (hopefully) fast cash.
- Sell or get rid of the annoying stuff first. That old printer that’s doesn’t work and always gets in your way? Get rid of it! Make your home a little more peaceful by getting rid of the stuff that’s just driving you nuts.
- Sell the easy-to-sell items first. For me, easy-to-sell meant listing it on Amazon. For you, it might mean selling things in a neighborhood sale. With this strategy, you go for the items that are going to be easy to get rid of.
- Sell or get rid of the stuff that’s useful, but that you want to upgrade. We have a set of coffee mugs that are perfectly good, but they’re scratched and ugly. I’d love to upgrade them to a set of pretty blue mugs. Since I’ve yet to find my dream mugs, I’m keeping the ugly ones. When I find the dream mugs, I’ll probably put the scratched ones up on Freecycle. They seem like they’d be good for a mosaic project.
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