From old irons to last season’s shoes, you can get money for the belongings that you no longer want. If you have a pile of clutter that is taking up valuable space in your home, now is the time to get rid of it while making some extra pounds. If you’re not sure exactly where to start, just follow these five steps.
Clearing out for cash: as easy as 1, 2, 3
1. Clean out your wardrobes. One of the best places to start when looking for items to sell is your clothing. You are sure to have old fashions from years ago that you no longer want, but if they are used, you can give them a quick laundering and take them to a charity shop or vintage clothing store. One thing that is always true of fashion is that everything old becomes new again, so you could get a decent price for your old wardrobe once those styles become popular again.
2. Organise your home office. If you have a home computer and a desk designated for business, studying, or sorting through your financial obligations, you are also likely to have a bit of clutter built up there, as well. Start by organising your important documents and then throwing away any papers that you don’t need anymore. With all of these items out of the way, you just may spot items that can bring you a profit, such as computer games or unused office equipment. Use a second-hand gaming web site to sell games online, for example.
3. Think of new ways to exercise. Don’t become a victim of your New Year’s resolutions from years gone by. If you bought an exercise bike or treadmill years ago and then never used it, it’s time to get rid of it. The same thing can be said about your free weights and bench press. One of the best ways to get inspired to begin a fitness routine again is to do away with all of your past signs of defeat, and the fact that your equipment may be barely used means you can get an even higher price for it.
4. Clean up the family room. Next, tackle the area that you spend the most time in -- the living room. Many families use this space as a storage area for all of their entertainment items, such as CDs and DVDs. If you have loads of cases stored next to the television and DVD player, now is the time to sort through them so that you can get rid of any of the music and movies that you no longer want. You can sell unwanted DVDs online, along with your CDs and computer games at a buyback site like MusicMagpie.
5. Dust off the book shelves. And while you’re cleaning them off, make sure to take an assessment of your reading collection so that you can pare it down a bit. You may not get much for your regular old paperbacks, but if you’re still holding on to university books from your time studying (or from your children’s educational tenure), you can still fetch quite a bit of money for these. Social networking sites where university-aged people are active are great media for selling these kinds of texts.
Using this kind of systematic approach to clearing and selling your clutter makes the entire process easy to follow. And remember, no item is too old or too small to get the most that you can from your junk.
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