Ready to gain some comfort and cash from the declutter challenge?
Have you ever moved and thought “where did all this stuff come from?” If you answered yes to that question then you are probably familiar with just how easy it is to accumulate clutter.
It’s common for us to say we will never again own so much stuff, only to find ourselves in the same position a few years down the line when we’re ready to move again.
It can be incredibly frustrating to feel closed-in by your clutter. I know, I for one absolutely hate clutter. More like I despise it!
However, downsizing some of your items and organizing things a bit can lead to a more comfortable, less stressful home. And you can actually gain quite a bit of cash during this process, as well.
My 30 Days to a Decluttered Home Planner works well with the Fifty Dollars Declutter Challenge.
Selling the things you no longer use can add up to a pretty penny if you know how to do it strategically.
Below are some ways to earn Fifty Dollars doing the Declutter Challenge.
Declutter the Storage Areas
Where do you keep most of the things you own, but no longer use? You bet ya, it’s all in the basement, attic, garage, shed, storage unit or closet. Right?
My daughter just moved out over the weekend and I was so excited because I now have a free closet to store all my husbands stuff in. I’m talking tools, hunting stuff, and yes…. junk.
I love my husband dearly but I can’t stand how he holds onto things. So I just find a spot to store his stuff.
After all if I don’t see it and I know it is stored away neatly then it doesn’t bother me, as much. After having children I have learned to pick my battles.
Therefore, it doesn’t matter where you store your stuff, what matters is the bounty you can find there. I know I could find a lot in my husbands junk 😂 Remember our junk even our husband’s junk is someone else’s treasure.
Storage bins are also treasure troves of long-forgotten items that may hold some value. For example, my husband used to play paintball but no longer does.
I don’t know if you know anything about paint ball but it is an expensive hobby. If my husband was to follow my Declutter Challenge and sell all his paint ball stuff he would most definitely make a couple hundred bucks! 💵
To get started set aside the things you no longer use, but could sell. Use the 30 Days to a Decluttered Home Planner to help guide you.
These items could be literally anything. Dishes, clothes, antiques, hobby supplies, outdoors stuff, books, camping gear and so much more.
Declutter Your Kitchen
As I mention above, my daughter moved out this weekend and I’m telling you my house was a complete mess! I don’t know how one person moving out of one bedroom could cause such a mess but it did.
Somehow stuff ended up my kitchen that didn’t belong there. Which actually turned out to be a really good thing.
As I was going through the stuff that didn’t belong I realized my sister is currently having a Pampered Chef party and I just ordered a bunch of new stuff!
In that moment I also realized I had no where to put it and I had been meaning to declutter the kitchen anyway. So I did just that! I hate to admit but I threw out so much stuff that I could have sold.
I probably could have succeeded the Fifty Dollar Declutter Challenge just from my kitchen alone. 🤑 🤦♀️
But that’s what I get for being the Throw Away Queen 👑
To get started decluttering your kitchen and finding that hidden cash, dig through your cupboards to see what kinds of finds are hiding in there.
Look particularly closely at the bottom cupboards and in the back to discover those gadgets or pieces that may not have been all that handy for you, but that a serious baker or collector would love.
Keep in mind that Pots, Pans, Dishes, Coffee Mugs, and Kitchen Gadgets sell great at yard sales. Even pots and pans with no lids. 🤷♀️
Declutter Your Closet and Dressers
Clothes can be worth quite a bit of money if they’re in good shape and are a coveted brand name. Even items without designer labels can add up to a bit of cash if you have some to sell. 👕 👗
9 Places You Can Sell Your Clothes and Accessories:
- Local Consignment Stores
If you have trouble finding a consignment store in your area Showroom Finder is great tool.
Showroom Finder can help you find and locate consignment shops for women’s clothing, accessories, furniture, kids clothing, kids furniture, resale and thrift, antiques, and vintage and more in your area.
Poshmark has rapidly grown to be one of the best known web platforms for consignment selling.
They’re looking primarily for “gently used” clothing and accessories. 👜
You can both buy and sell on the website. And they offer flat rate shipping, at $5.95. 📭
- Plato’s Closet
Plato’s Closet has several hundred stores across the US and Canada. Plato’s Closet will pay you cash for your items. However, they are highly selective and only buy and sell gently used brand-name clothing.
Considering Plato’s Closets target market is teenagers and young adults, between the ages of 12 and 24; this is a great option if you have teenager in the house and need to declutter their closet.
eBay is a well known platform all across the world. Because of that you get traffic volume. TIP: Make your listings stand out among the hundreds of others.
Try creating compelling headings, and adding plenty of high-quality photos.
Keep in mind eBay charges 10% of the final sale price and if you use PayPal to get paid they also charge a small amount. Just be sure not to overprice your items, there may be some competitors on there.
- Crossroads Trading
Crossroads Trading has 37 stores, located primarily in California, but they also have locations in Oregon, Seattle, Dallas, Houston, Colorado, Chicago, New York, Portland, and Washington DC. 🌎
Tradesy is known as “the marketplace made by women, for women”. You can set your own price on items you are selling! How cool is that?
They offer bags, watches, shoes, jewelry, and accessories.
You can even buy and sell wedding apparel. Including wedding dresses wedding decorations, bridal jewelry and accessories, and even outfits for grooms and groomsmen. Again, how cool!
thredUp is a lot like Poshmark, they have a two-tiered fee structure:
- 5% on items under $15, or
- up to 80% on items over $300.
They sell primarily women and children clothing and accessories.
- Buffalo Exchange
Buffalo Exchange is located in 18 states across the country, plus Washington DC. If you choose to sell your items through their store you will earn a 30% commission or you can opt for store credit.
They look for items that are gently worn with high-end labels.
- The RealReal
The RealReal will pay as much as 85% of the sale price of any item sold on their consignment.
Again they look for high end designer items. They even take men’s clothes and home decor.🖼
You can use the 30 Days to a Decluttered Home Planner to keep track of what stores you sold to or plan to sell to.
Declutter Your Gadgets
Old electronic devices can often maintain their value. You’d also be surprised what you can get from broken gadgets that others can use for parts.
Gather up your unused or broken electronics, and then do a little research to see what they’re going for.
Amazon and eBay have programs that pay cash for electronic devices or you can market them to individual sellers on the sites.
A Google search can lead you to other sites that buy these things. Be sure to take time to compare so you get the highest payout possible.
Make sure you remove data from your devices immediately and restore to factory settings when possible.
Conclusion to the Fifty Dollar Declutter Challenge
Selling your old stuff for cash really isn’t as intimidating as it may seem. Be sure to join my newsletter so you tell me all bout your own Fifty Dollars Declutter Challenge!
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- How to De-Stress by Decluttering Your Life
- Decluttering and Downsizing Your Home
- 7 Tips to Declutter Your Life Checklist
- 13 Signs You Need to Clear the Clutter
- 3 Actionable Declutter Hacks You Can Take Today