In the aftermath of Christmas morning, I find myself going around picking up tape stuck in the carpet, bits of wrapping paper laying all around, and little toy parts all throughout the house.
The older toys have been pushed aside for newer, shinier ones; and my organizational/decluttering self is starting to kick in.
But before I go and throw it all away, I want to make this post-Christmas purge a profitable one!
Here are a few useful tips on how to turn a profit when purging your stuff.
Start by labeling 3 boxes “Sell It”, “Give It Away”, and “Maybe.” Today I set out to conquer the toy closet and the two kid’s rooms. Setting aside a couple hours, I was totally able to knock it out. Remember, we really don’t have that much to begin with; and, this will look different for everyone, but here are the basics:
- “Sell It.” Certain items such as gently used toys, DVD’s, and clothing should be sold on craigslist.org, ebay.com, at a yard sale, or my personal favorite, sold at the consignment shop (My local consignment shop gives a very generous store credit percentage. So much so, that I always have a credit and rarely ever have to spend money on clothes for the children.)
- “Give It Away.” This box is for items that I know I couldn’t sell or would bring in to little profit for my effort. This is the Goodwill box. Note: If you’re planning to give things away, be sure to get them over to the donation center before the New Year so as to receive a donation tax credit for this year.
- “Maybe.” Not ready to commit to selling it or giving it away? Put it in the “Maybe” box. These are items that may save me money later on; but right now, I need them out of the mix. These could be items to re-gift, seasonal things, or pieces useful for future projects.
-Enlist the help of the children! Make them part of the process. I find that it helps increase the value and respect for their belongings.
-Set aside a few hours for this project (or 15 minutes if that’s all the time you have). I say do whatever works best for you. This is simply my strategy for decluttering. For me, it’s more beneficial to set aside a few hours of the day, or an entire morning, to declutter a closet or a room. I like to do it all at once, because when I’m done, I feel amazing!
-Work quickly. Don’t deliberate over every item, make quick decisions and move on.
-After your work is done…sit back and celebrate your newly decluttered space and a few extra bucks in your pocket!
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