Streamlining our belongings and getting rid of clutter in our homes can greatly simplify our lives. Of course fewer knick-knacks and chotskies sure to help the cleaning process as well! Sometimes it’s difficult to know what to do with those extra items so check out this list of ways you can can clear out the clutter and possibly make some extra money in the process.
- Paperback Swap – Log on and list 10 books that you would be willing to mail someone and, in exchange, you will receive credits to order books that will be mailed to you…for FREE! When someone wants one of your books, you pay for shipping (which is usually between $2-$3). Before I buy any book, I always check out Paperback Swap first. Even for textbooks. They don’t always have the book I need (especially new releases) but it’s worth a shot. I’m a huge fan and have had a great experience with them.
- Amazon – Did you know you can sell stuff on Amazon? It’s very easy to set up an account…almost as easy as buying! Shipping costs are involved when using Amazon so I prefer to utilize this method for small items.
- Craigslist – If you have large items or multiple items to sell, Craigslist is a great resource. If you give thorough descriptions and upload pictures, your items are more likely to sell.
- Yard Sale – Some people love to have garage sales. Others aren’t exactly sure if hosting yard sale is worth the time and effort. Garage sales do take work, but there are are a few things you can do to simplify the process. Check out what Simply Staci and Money Saving Mom have written about hosting a successful garage sale.
- Cell Phones For Soldiers – If your like me and have some old cell phones hanging around, you can donate your old cell phones and clear out some space.
- Shoes2Share – My husband just got back from Haiti and he took so many pictures of those adorable children. But, most of them don’t have any shoes or the one pair they do have is about to fall apart. I was thrilled to find out about the Shoes2Share challenge on Impress Your Kids. We can clean out our closets and mail them here by August 10 so they can be shipped to Haiti.
- Soles for Souls – If you aren’t able to mail your shoes, Soles for Souls has convenient drop off locations across the country.
- Dress for Success – I used to wear suits almost every day to work. When I had my child, I needed to find out a way to clear those work clothes out of my closet. That’s when I found out about Dress for Success. It’s a fantastic organization that provides professional attire and career development tools to help underprivileged women thrive in work and in life.
- Refugees International – If you’re a deal shopper, you know how you can stock up on enough household items to last a lifetime! There are some things though, like medicine & toiletries, that have an expiration date. Instead of storing them, you can donate those items to Refugees International, an organization that provides assistance and training for those dropped off in the US without a dime to their name or a place to stay. Of course, they are in need of everything needed to start a household so just about anything in your home that’s not needed can be donated.
- Your Suggestions – What’s your favorite way to get rid of unwanted clutter in your home?
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