WHY A DECLUTTER FOR CASH CHALLENGE?
After a full month of zero unneccessary spending in February, I realized I really enjoy month-long challenges and blogging about the experience keeps me motivated. This month I will be decluttering my house for cash! We had three kids in four years and there hasn’t been alot of extra time to declutter our house while raising our babies and toddlers, including one special needs child. It really seems like the ‘stuff’ just seems to accumulate at a ridiculous rate when you have kids. It is time for use to finally get rid of the excess baby and craft items I have stored. I already have a garage sale pile of items started in the basement and throughout the month of March I will start selling or donating those items. I honestly do NOT want to have to do another garage sale or consignment sale, so this is another option to earn some cash for my items.
MY DECLUTTER PLAN
I will spend approximately 15 minutes every day going through our stuff and listing it on sale sites on Facebook or Craigslist. As you see in the picture, I have some items already separated and ready for sale or donation. Throughout the month I will also go through drawers, closets and other items in storage to declutter. Posting items for sale online will require separating the items, taking quality pictures and naming a fair price. For larger items under $100, I may also consider running a free classifieds ad in the Omaha World Herald. I will try to group as many items together as possible to limit the amount of time I will spend meeting potential buyers.
For books, DVD’s and video games, I will check for trade-in value on Amazon. A few years ago, I made over $120 in Amazon credit just by going through our DVD’s we no longer watch and books we’ve already read.
Many items that I don’t find worth taking the time to sell, but still usable and in good condition will be donated to the appropriate charities. Household, clothing and miscellaneous items will be donated to a local thrift store. Books and magazines will be donated to Bellevue Public Library, one of my favorite places.
My purpose for this challenge is not to make a ton of money, but more focus on decluttering. I really do not want to hold a garage sale this year, but I know I have many items that are valuable, like Partylite candle holders, stamp sets and kid’s equipment and toys. I also have many items that are well loved and I look forward to passing those items on to good organizations within my local community. The money we raise will be added to the cost of purchasing a King size bed (we currently have a 12 year old Queen size bed). A bigger bed is a request from my very tall husband and we look forward to purchasing it with cash.
At the end of every week, I will update about my selling experience, time investment and keep a running total of cash raised during this challenge. I hope you join me!
WILL YOU DECLUTTER FOR CASH?
Do you plan to declutter for cash this month? What are you goals for this challenge? How are you going to sell your items? I’d love if you shared your goals and ideas in a comment.