With Christmas well and truly over, attentions are now focused on getting back into the swing of things at work and of course sticking to those new year’s resolutions!
For many, finances will be a hot topic right now. The cost of Christmas and new years celebrations may mean that your budget feels a little tighter than usual. So how can you go about freeing up some extra cash?
The chances are, your home is probably feeling a little more cramped than usual, especially if you have young children. Storage boxes are overflowing with last years gifts and floor space is covered in this years – not exactly a productive environment to live in!
Decluttering your home can not only make you a bit of extra cash, but experts believe it can also make you feel happier and more in control of your life. Getting the most out of your old clutter requires meticulous planning, throughout this blog we’re going guide you through how to tackle this daunting task!
Give Yourself Enough Time
Decluttering your home requires more than just a mad 30-minute dash around the house with a bin bag. We’d recommend setting aside at least half a day for this task – sometimes it may even take a full day or even a full weekend depending on the size of your house.
Rushing this task will not provide the long-term solution you’re looking for and will most likely mean you’re faced with the same task again a few months down the line.
Enlist the help of a friend or family member
Calling on a friend or family member will not only help to speed the task up, but it will also provide a non-biased view on things. The problem with doing it on your own is that you’ll hold sentimental attachments to certain items which will affect your ability to get rid of things.
Hoarding often comes as a result of growing sentimental attachments to items. Now, there are going to be certain items that you’ll want to keep because of who bought them for you, where you bought them from etc. however with most everyday items like clothes, shoes and furniture, you should have no issues parting with them.
Choose your starting point
We recommend tackling just one room at a time, not only will this allow you to be more thorough, but it’ll give you a sense of gratification when each room is complete. The spare bedroom or spare room is often a good place to start as this will be where most of your clutter will be stored. If you have a garage – you may also want to tackle this earlier on.
Work through your house based on the amount of clutter each room holds. Make sure you finish with the room that has the least clutter because by this point your energy for the task will be depleted.
Separate stuff you can sell and stuff to bin
You’ve probably heard of the saying; ‘one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, well this isn’t the case for your torn clothing, broken crockery and worn out shoes. Ask yourself, would you buy this item? If not, put it in the bin.
You may be surprised by what you’re able to sell and how much you’ll be able to make, especially on items from with desirable labels or manufacturers. So when you’re choosing to get rid of stuff, create two piles – one for selling and one for binning.
Try selling online first
Nowadays, the internet is the most popular marketplace for unwanted items. Sites like eBay and Gumtree attract millions of users every single day meaning the chances are, there’s someone out there looking for an item just like the one you are selling.
EBay is a good place to start for smaller items like clothing, DVDs and games which will be cheap on packaging and post. What’s more, you can list up to 20 items per month free of charge – eBay does however take 10% of the sale value on your items.
For larger items, such as bicycles, car parts and furniture, Gumtree is probably your best bet. With Gumtree, the majority of buyers will be willing to come and pick the item up from your location so you don’t have to worry about postage. The price you can demand may be slightly lower than eBay but you won’t be charged any commission on the sale.
There is still some value in doing a good old car boot sale. The price you’ll get for your items is likely to be pretty low, but it is still a great way of getting rid of unwanted clutter. If you’re left with any items at the end of the day, why not do your bit for charity and take them down to your local charity shop?
Getting rid of your unwanted clutter is a great way of making space and earning yourself some extra cash. You’ll be surprised just how much cash you can make on some items and what a sense of gratification you get once you’ve decluttered your home.