With the holidays looming, what better time to make money off clutter that is taking up precious space in our homes. A little extra cash to help with holiday gifts or – dare I say – taxes that are due soon. Oh, and the inevitability of getting more stuff.
I know it’s easier to just box up all of our unwanted things, donate it, and be done but with a little extra work, we could make a little bit of money. You’d be surprised at the value of the things you no longer want.
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I’ve romanticized about a severely minimalistic home like Bea Johnson’s since I first discovered her blog in 2015. Sadly though, that level of minimalism isn’t sustainable for me and I’ve accepted it. Mind you, I have pared down my possessions by a considerable amount and feel content where I’m at. I think that’s a true definition of Minimalism.
There are so many environmental benefits to responsibly getting rid of our unwanted clutter, especially around this time of year.
- Our clutter doesn’t end up in a landfill
- Our clutter goes to someone who needs it
- By making our unwanted clutter available, others are less likely to buy new if they are in need of that specific item.
How to Make Money Off Clutter
The internet is a pretty amazing tool to make money. When I was young, the only way to really sell anything was either using the newspaper or calling into the daily radio sell/trade show. Oh, and garage sales of course.
The first thing I do when getting my things ready to sell is getting them all in the same box or room. I continually downsize and add things to my give away pile throughout the year. Once I am ready to start selling, I thoroughly clean each item and repair anything that is broken or damaged. Finally, I sort the items into categories depending on how I plan to sell each item. I use multiple platforms to sell my things so that I can get top dollar.
Craigslist is a great place to sell larger items and generally anything else. To reduce my effort and time on selling, I always list larger items as “Pick Up Only”. This reduces my time and energy to justify the money for my trouble.
Consignment shops are good for clothing, handbags, and in some cases, baby items. Shops don’t always give top dollar since they still need a profit margin, but it is still a simple way to make a little extra cash from excess clothing. Just note that most consignment shops only take higher quality, name brand items. Some of my favorite places are Uptown Cheapskate and Plato’s Closet.
We truly live in a wonderful time when you can shop secondhand for clothing, effortlessly, online. There are so many options today that not only allow you to buy but also to sell.
In order to make some money on ThredUp, you will need to login to their site and request a cleanout kit. Once your kit arrives, you’ll fill up the bag with higher quality items and mail it back where you’ll get a payout for your items.
Poshmark gives you the ability to take pictures and list your own items through their easy to use app. Once a sale has been made, Poshmark creates the shipping label for you. Just print, stick, and mail.
I don’t use eBay often but it can be a great way to make money off the things that are taking up space in your home. In order to sell, you’ll have to create an account and be familiarized with the selling and shipping fees. When I do use eBay, I only sell smaller items as larger items are pricey to ship.
This app allows you to sell unwanted items locally. Just take a picture, set a category, set a price, and sell.
Social Media Selling Groups
Facebook Marketplace is my go-to for selling things locally. It seems to get the most traction. Keep a few things in mind when selling though, make sure you meet up at public places for transactions and only accept cash just to be safe. Also, when selling clothing, I find it better to sell in bundles especially with kid clothing.
Pawn shops – especially here in the Midwest – are popular places to turn a quick buck from unwanted items such as jewelry, power tools, etc.
Garage, yard, or rummage sales are all interchangeably the same thing and pretty unpopular this time of year here in the Midwest due to the cold. For those of you who live in warmer climates, this could be a great option to sell make money off clutter in a fast way. These do take a little extra effort but can alleviate the most stuff the fastest. Just remember to price to sell.
How do you make money off clutter?