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How to Make Money Off Clutter

What to do after you declutter

Everybody goes through a season where they just want to de-clutter their lives.  After you ditch all the stuff, you need to know what to do to get rid of the stuff AND hopefully make money off clutter.   Check my ideas for gaining more space in your home and maybe adding a few bucks to your pocket.

Do you ever feel like you literally drowning in stuff?  For me it always seems to be paper.  I have this obsession with creating paper piles of mail, important documents, pictures, cards and pretty much anything I don’t feel like dealing with.

Every January I get on this organization high and I run to Bed, Bath & Beyond with my 20% percent off coupon in hand and buy up organizational baskets, bins, hangers and do-dads.  Only to come home and literally use them as places to shove my clutter.

Those “organizational” items were supporting my hoarding.  I never even thought about it that way until I read a book on minimalism by Francine Jay called, “The Joy of Less.”

I happened to buy the ebook after the positive reviews I saw on Amazon.  This book literally changed the way I saw my stuff.

To give you insight into how severe of a change, my husband noticed.

Let’s be honest ladies, isn’t that ultimate proof of really drastic change?  Your husband noticing?  He doesn’t notice that you cleaned the toilet or when you got your hair done, but he notices when something big happens.  I turned over a new leaf.  The drowning stopped and I started swimming around in wide open rooms of freedom.  I also had a little extra cash in my pocket too!

What can you do with all your stuff?  Well, let me tell you.

1. How to Make Money Off Clutter at a Consignment Store

  • Consignment stores take your things and sell them for you.
  • They usually give you a percentage of what the items sell for.
  • My store is 40%.
  • This store gets a ton of traffic.
  • Some don’t.  So don’t assume your stuff will sell if the store doesn’t have people in it regularly.
  • It took:
    • Home Decor
    • Nice Linens
    • Clothes in good shape including:
      • My whole line of “pre-baby” too small clothes (AKA “Goal” clothes)
      • All my maternity clothes.
      • Bigger clothes I had to buy that I was now too small for.

2. Make Money Off Clutter at Resale Retail Stores

  • These are stores that pay you cash up front for the items they go through and select.
  • They are much pickier and are looking for certain brands.
  • Examples: Plato’s Closet (trendy young clothing.), Play It Again Sports (used sports equipment) & Once Upon A Child (used baby clothes & toys).
  • This may be the place you start to see if you can get cash up front.

3. Trade-in or Sell to Amazon

  • Amazon has a program where you can ditch your old stuff and get Amazon.com gift cards in return.  I buy everything on Amazon so that is a huge perk for me.
  • It seems simple according to the website- 1) Submit Items  2) Ship the for Free 3) Get an Amazon gift card as payment.
  • You can check it out using my Amazon affiliate link below if you would like.

4. Seasonal Kids Consignment Sales

  • I have a whole blog post on Children’s Consignment Sales so you can read more here.
  • It’s way more work than a consignment store but I keep 70% of my sales which is better to me than 40%.
  • Traffic at these sales is high.
  • If your items are priced right you can expect to sell 75% of your items.  Last year I sold 90%.baby clothing

5. Thrift Stores

  • I picked my favorite local thrift store and donated any items I couldn’t sell but thought would benefit someone.

6.Trash/Recycle

  • The final resting place or the new beginning.
  • It was hard at first to throw away all my 1-5th grade drawings and writing assignments but frankly, I never look at them and they have no real meaning to me.
It’s hard to start, but once you do and your life gets freed from stuff, you will find a ton of joy!  Let me know about your own experiences with de-cluttering your home.

Kim Anderson

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12 Comments

  1. You didnt mention barter/buy/sell sites. Facebook has a bunch. Also craigslist.

    1. Lyn, thanks for your suggestion!! Those are all great ways to get rid of clutter and I know lots of people who have big success on Facebook!

  2. Also, another good idea is to rent a booth at a flea market to sell your stuff to make extra cash.

  3. Another option is freecycle.org, like craigslist it has to be set up in your town. You basically post anything you want to give away. I’ve gotten rid of lots of junk this way. People are usually willing to just come pick it up(let them know you’ll leave it by the side of the road if you feel more comfortable). I’m talking broken stuff and stuff that needs repaired as well. It’s awesome!

  4. The best organizing advice I ever got was to wait and buy organizational stuff till AFTER you’ve de-cluttered and decided where things are going to live. Otherwise they just end up as other storage for clutter. For instance, my old under-the-bed

  5. 3. Trade-in or Sell to Amazon
    Amazon has a program where you can ditch your old stuff and get Amazon.com gift cards in return. I buy everything on Amazon so that is a huge perk for me.
    It seems simple according to the website- 1) Submit Items 2) Ship the for Free 3) Get an Amazon gift card as payment.
    You can check it out using my Amazon affiliate link below if you would like

    Could you help me with the Amazon affiliate link that you tell about in the above? thanks so much.

    1. Linda, sorry about that. I apparently went in to update that Amazon affiliate banner and forgot to put it back. It’s there now. My blog makes a small commission from anything you sell to Amazon if you use my link. You can also go straight to Amazon if you would like without using my link. Thanks for asking for clarification.

  6. Why not scan your drawings and save them to your computer? That way if at some later date you want to revisit a previous treasure it is not gone forever. Better yet it takes up no physical space. Just a thought.

  7. I’ve read that book too! It’s changed my life as well. And I do (did) the same thing with organizing baskets and mail. Mail is the worst. I’m supposed to file every Saturday, but haven’t done it in over a month. 🙁

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