We’re fortunate to live through a generation where everything is in abundance. Our cupboards are full of food, our wardrobes are full of clothes and our homes are full of unused stuff.

Whilst this is a blessing, it can also be a curse. We grow sentimental attachments to items that we’ll simply never use, and before you know it, your home is full of unused clutter collecting dust.

This can affect our mental well-being. It can negatively impact your ability to focus or process information.

Neuroscientists at Princeton University investigated individual’s task performance in an organised vs. disorganised environment. They found that physical clutter in your surroundings competes for your attention which results in decreased performance and increased stress.

Another trait of our generation; wanting things quickly. In a world of self-service checkouts, fast food delivery and 4G internet, it’s hardly surprising that our patience isn’t what is used to be.

One things that few of us would say no to; quick cash. We’re all look for the next best way to make money fast and yet we fail to see the clutter that is surrounding us!

We all have tons of items laying around and with the ecommerce platforms that exist today, they can all be sold faster than ever. Here are 5 of the best products to sell online today:

1. Old mobile phones

You get a new phone every 18 months, but what happens to the old one? You store it in the kitchen draw just in case your new phone goes wrong, of course!

But you’re covered against damage or theft as part of the phone contract, so really that old phone is redundant, and should be sold.

Even a 6 year old iPhone 4S will make £50 on eBay, a 5S will most likely make nearer £100 and a 6S  will make near £350.

Unlocked phones typically make more than phones that are locked to a network, so it may be worth getting the phone unlocked before selling it.

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2. Clothing

The clothes, shoes and accessories market is thriving on eBay, with over 3 million items being active at any one time.

However, as the cost of new clothing continues to rise, it’s also a haven for brand-good bargains hunters.

You’ll typically find that high-street brand clothing such as primark, H&M and Zara items will only fetch a couple of quid. However, designer brand names such as Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger and Ted Baker will make significantly more.

So if you’ve got a large collection of designer shirts, dresses or jeans – try sticking them on eBay, you’ll be surprised how much they will fetch at auction.

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3. Vintage items

Oversized shirts, short shorts and shell suits are back! So if you’ve got any vintage items kicking around that you no longer wear, now is a great time to sell them.

Whilst vintage items can fetch a decent price on eBay, it may be worth looking a little further if you want to get the most for your retro garments.

If you’ve got a lot of items to sell then you could look to open an ASOS boutique. However you will need to pay a £20 fee to do so, and you’ll be charged 20% commission on purchases.

Apps like Depop or Etsy are also great options. Etsy charges just 13p to list an item and will take just 3.5% of the total selling price. You can list on Depop for free, but you’ll be charged 10% commission on the sale value.

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Summary

Making substantial amounts of money takes time and hard work, making a few hundred pounds from unused items around your home is fast and easy.

So, if you’re saving for a summer holiday, a festival or simply looking to start an emergency fund, give yourself a head-start by getting rid of your unused stuff. You may be surprised by how much you can make.