After eight years in our home, I started to notice that all our closets were looking pretty full. There was barely enough room to move around in our mechanical room because of all the boxes. Our outdoor shed was so full that it no longer served its original purpose of housing our lawn mower.
It was time to do some major home decluttering.
If it were up to me, I would’ve bought a box of contractor grade garbage bags and just started throwing stuff away. My wife, being a tad bit smarter than I, saw the potential to earn some cash. We came up with a plan to declutter our house, find good homes for our gently used things, and make some money along the way.
Here’s a detailed breakdown of our plan so that you can replicate it and hopefully earn some cash of your own:
1. Garage Sale
We went through our home room by room, purging everything we no longer wanted. By the time we were done, the inside of our home was neat, tidy, and organized. Our garage, however, was completely full of stuff. Borrowing tables from everyone we could, we then categorized and priced everything. We ran an ad in the local classifieds and held a garage sale, which generated over $700 in cash.
Unfortunately, less than half of our stuff actually sold. We’d made an agreement that none of the stuff was going back into the house, so I grabbed my keys to go buy those garbage bags. But not so fast — my wife had different ideas.
2. Consignment Store
We put all of the kids clothing and toys into plastic bins and took them to a consignment store. They sorted through the bins, removing the items they wanted to buy from us. They offered us about $120 for a large chunk of the stuff we brought in. It was only now that my wife gave me permission to go buy my garbage bags.
We placed everything that remained into boxes or garbage bags and donated it all to our local Goodwill. (Be sure to get a receipt for your donation, as you’ll probably be able to use it as a tax deduction.)
Following our three-step process, we shed a lot of clutter from our home and put over $800 into our pockets. We’ve since repeated it a couple of times, and have been so successful that our neighbors joined in on the action. (We’ve found that our garage sales are more successful when we have multiple families involved.)
A change in seasons is just around the corner — maybe it’s time you do some spring decluttering of your own!
How do you declutter your home and earn money at the same time?