Even if you were able to make $200 by selling a bunch of things; what kind of time investment would be reasonable to you? Selling your stuff gets time consuming, and should be thought of as a "job". If you average (for example) $10 an hour to sell your stuff, think about whether that's worth it.
Would you take a part-time job for $10 an hour?
Is it worth spending that much more time NOT doing other things that need to get done?
I used to sell small stuff on ebay; like clothes, CD, jewelry. But once I realized that I was only "earning" less than $5 an hour (considering the time it takes to take pictures, make sure things are clean, package things, etc.) I decided my time was more valuable than that. Now I just donate everything without a second thought.
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DH has mentioned that we could sell even more, and I think it pains him to see things go that we spent money on. I told him he was welcome to do all the selling and that ended that . . . he didn't feel strongly enough about it to sell.
Overall, I'm more inclined to give things away to people who need/can use them. DH jokes that someday he'll come home and the furniture will be gone .
- How much are you paying monthly per square foot in your house? How much of that square footage are you not-using because of extra stuff?
- Do you pay more than you absolutely have to when you stay in a hotel? Isn't that for a nicer experience? Isn't a nicer experience every day in your home worth more?
- How many times have you found that something has been dinged or damaged because of crowded storage?
- How many times have you had to repurchase something that you couldn't find?
- If you had spare time, could you save money other ways - cooking more rather than eating out, clipping coupons, watching sales?
- As someone else said, what's the minimum hourly wage that you'd accept if you were to take another job? Is selling the stuff going to produce at least that wage?
My compromise is that I will make a small effort to list things of the most value on craigslist (or other place). Or if they are 'valuable' but take up little space I'm ok with holding onto them for a little while, while I purge other bulky non valuable items (for example, jewelry). BUT I am giving myself a time limit for selling things. Once I decide it is going, I give X amount of time and if I haven't done it, it is going to get freecycled or donated.
I am sort of new to the decluttering thing and will never be spartan, so I realize this won't work for everyone. For now this compromise works for me, because I think as long as I am consistently getting SOME junk and excess out of the house, I'm doing ok. If that process halts because of holding things in hopes of selling, then I'll get more ruthless. For now I have plenty of junk to keep the flow going out
All of that to me adds up to far more value in my life and my family's life than the money I could make selling the stuff.
You'll be surprised how quickly it ends up in the donate pile
But then, why keep it if we're not using it and someone else could? Ya, know?
I do take some of the kids' clothing to a consignment shop. Everything else goes to Goodwill. I've tried eBay, but between my time and effort setting up the auction, taking pictures, packaging it up, getting to the post office....it's just not worth it to make $2. Then eBay takes their stinking fees, and PayPal too. And I end up with less than a buck, for lots of my time.
I'd rather bag it up and give it to Goodwill and spend all that extra time playing with my kids.
I saw your other thread about all of the new/good condition clothes. I would definitely try a consignment store for those. Some don't even ask you to put them on hangers. Whatever they won't take, give away.
The deadline idea is smart.
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If you're trying to get a major decluttering project accomplished, taking time out to sell can majorly stall your timeline, and make you lose a lot of momentum.
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I really like the idea of just giving it to somene who needs it. I know it's been said, but it's hard to carry all that clutter weight around.
I'm gonna do it. We should keep each other posted.
Thanks for the thread.
So I wait till DH gets home, force him to load whatever I collected into the back of the van...leave the kiddos with him, drive the 3 blocks to the Goodwill, unload it...and go. Easy peasy. Or else I make DH load it at night and take it by helping hands (the free store for low income families, food pantry) on his way home.
My attitude is that I would love to donate money to charity, but I don't have any spare cash right now. But I CAN help others with outgrown toys, clothes, etc. So this is my "charity budget"- the stuff I would otherwise have been able to sell that I donate instead.
I've decided to freecycle most of my items. I have a pile of items to add to the items in the garage for a garage sale this spring with the goal that whatever does not sell gets donated somewhere.
I take most clothes to a consignment place in town which allows us to either get the cash or take store credit and with 3 kids growing 1.5inches every 3mths this is where we get their clothes from anyways.
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