Is your house overflowing with stuff you just don’t need? Are you looking to cash in on your clutter and organize your home in the process?
Well, what if I told you that you could cash in on your clutter and organize your home at the very same time?
We’re pretty good with keeping our clutter to a minimum. Now, before you start getting the wrong idea you need to know that this hasn’t always been the case. Years ago, when when we got real serious about repaying our debt and minimizing our lives we took to cashing in on clutter. We’d accumulated so much stuff over the years (AKA spent frivolously on junk we didn’t need) that it made sense to try and sell some off to recuperate some money.
The great thing about making a little extra money by cashing in on your clutter is that it’s super easy. You can just hop online, post your items and start making money with literally no effort.
The best part? You’re making money by de-cluttering and organizing your home. It doesn’t get much better than that now does it?
Start with the messiest room in your house and make your way around your home picking items that you no longer use that you can sell.
Let me guess, you’ve got nothing “sellable” laying around am I right? Well, what if I told you that you do have valuable stuff. You just don’t know it’s valuable because it’s probably no longer valuable to YOU.
Here’s a handy list of different categories of clutter you may or may not have thought of. Each of these categories do well on the second hand market and will help you cash in on your clutter!
We tend to keep things simple and take to selling stuff on local Facebook groups. This truly is the easiest way because it doesn’t involve shipping anything and pick up times are usually quick and easy.
You simply take a good quality photograph of the the item, price it fairly, give it a nice description and boom! Don’t get discouraged if you don’t sell you item right away though! Sometimes it can take a few days or even weeks to find the perfect buyer depending on what you’re selling. The more items you’ve got for sale the quicker you’ll make some cold hard cash!
Let’s talk clutter shall we!
12 Easy ways to cash in on your clutter
1. Old electronics
Old electronics like cellphones, laptops, DVD players, TVs and even Mp3 players have a great shot at being sold on the used market. There’s even a market for broken electronic gadgets for those who are looking for replacement part. Always be honest about the condition of your item though!
2. Clothes you don’t wear anymore
Admittedly, selling clothes is probably one of the more difficult and time consuming ways to cash in on your clutter. If you’ve got the patience to photograph each item and deal with selling off one article at a time, great! If that seems tedious and time consuming to you, why not sell your extra clothes as a lot? OR, if you want to get really creative put together outfits at a fixed price! What worked best for us was lumping similar sized items into lots and selling them at a fixed price per bag. Think something like 20 shirts for 20$ or 10 pairs of pants for 20$.
If you have a large book collection like I did you may be interested in selling off some of the copies you know you’ll never look at again. They don’t sell for much individually but if you sell them by similar genres as a lot you can price a lot of 5 books for about 5$. Every little bit counts!
4. DVDs/CDs/Video games
The market for used DVDs, Video games and CDs is HUGE. Maybe it’s regional but we’ve always had great luck selling off items in this category. As a rule of thumb we sold CDs and DVDs in lots at 1$ each. Video games are a little different and we usually sold them for 30% of their market value. Just hop online and see what your game is worth brand new and price it around the 30% mark.
Collectibles are a great market too! If you’ve got antiques or other collectible items like baseball cards or coin collections I’m promising that you’ll find a buyer in no-time. This category can get a little tricky because it’s essential to price the items appropriately. It’s probably a good idea to get online and do a little research to see what your tea cup, spoon or pen collection is worth prior to trying to sell it. You don’t want to over price it and most importantly you don’t want to under sell it!
Got pieces of furniture laying around that no longer serve a purpose? We’ve all got a piece or two that we move from room to room hoping to make it useful am I right? If you’ve got some furniture that you no longer use and is just taking up space in your home why not try and sell it?
There’s a huge market of DIYers who are looking for pieces to restore or add their personal touch to!
Do you have jewelry just laying around that you don’t wear? Whether it’s gold, silver or even costume jewelry you’d be shocked at how quickly you can turn a profit on these items. Pro tip: if you’ve got broken gold or silver or have a few orphan earnings take them to a local jewelry shop! They’ll weigh it and buy it from you! Gold is worth a ton right now so those orphan earrings and broken bracelets are worth a small fortune!
8. Kids toys
There’s a HUGE market for used kids toys. Parents are always looking to score a deal when it comes to getting new toys for their kiddos because let’s face it buying toys for kids is risky. How many times have you bought your kiddo a toy and they played with it for 2 minutes before tossing it aside. Total waste of money if you paid full price for it am I right? So, if you’ve got a ton of toy clutter why not sell them to make back a little extra money?
9. Unused Construction/Building Materials
If you’ve recently done a home renovation project and have leftover building materials there is a market for this too! Whether you’ve got boxes of flooring, tile or grout there are people who often look to buy leftovers to complete small projects in their home at a fraction of the cost! Rather than hoarding those materials why not cash in on your clutter and sell those extra building materials you’ll never use anyway!
10. Garden Supplies
Gardening tools, lawn mowers, weed eaters and anything and everything you can imagine that pertains to gardening does very well on the used market in the early spring! If you’ve got extra flower pots, bags of black earth or even grass seed I bet you’ll find a buyer in no time!
Pro tip: this is a seasonal category so you’d likely be far more successful if you put these items for sale in the early spring!
11. Kitchen appliances/Gadgets
Look through those cabinets and pull out anything you haven’t used in the last 3-6 months! What good is storing something that you hardly use anyway? There is a HUGE market for used kitchen gear which not only allows you to cash in on your clutter but also frees up prime real estate in your cabinets!
12. Baby Gear
Oh baby gear! Do you have stroller, high chair, pack n play or crib stashed away in your basement, garage or shed? Well, if you no longer have use for it then you’re missing out on cold hard cash. The used baby gear market is booming. Parents everywhere have realized that buying new baby gear isn’t necessarily the wisest financial choice since kiddos out grow their stuff so quickly. If your gear is in good shape put it for sale and you’ll free up some space in your home in no time!
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I want to hear from you!
How many of these items do YOU have laying around your house right now?