It’s Time to De-clutter and Make Some Money

In an effort to simplify our lives and make some extra money we decided now is the time to start getting rid of some of the clutter. Even though it is only mid February it almost feels like spring here. And when spring rolls around I always feel like it is time to de-clutter and do a major spring clean-up. And let me tell you, my husband and I have a lot of de-cluttering to do.

Like many couples, when my husband and I first moved in together we had two of everything. Two microwaves, two TVS, two sofas, two wall units, two dining table and chair sets, and on and on. I’m sure you can imagine what I am talking about.

There were things we got rid of right away, things we paid to put into storage for several months, and things we just merged together.

A year later we purchased a brand new home which had plenty of room for everything, plus more.

During the four years that we lived there we got rid of my old sofa and coffee table from 1992 and bought new living room furniture.

We bought a very expensive home gym and I also bought my husband more tools as Christmas gifts.

Well now here we are two years after moving into the house that we are renting. We do not need all those tools because we don’t have a fence or deck to build. We don’t even need to do the maintenance in this house because the landlord looks after that.

declutteringAnd the gym equipment? We used it somewhat last year, but then it just became a dust collector as happens to so many people.

Since we moved here we have talked over and over again about needing to get rid of stuff. Two years ago we donated a bunch of furniture to a women’s shelter and we took a bunch of electronic equipment to a place where they recycle it.

But we still have lots of stuff so we have decided that it is time to do more de-cluttering and hopefully make some money doing it.

Stuff for Sale!

To get this de-cluttering project started we decided to sell the gym.

Last November I posted an ad online to sell the gym. I am happy to say that we finally sold it this past Sunday for just under $1500.

The gym was large and heavy and taking up a lot of room in the basement, and we are happy to see it gone.

That area will now become our home office because right now we are using what should be the dining room as our office.

On Monday we went downstairs and went through everything else that we have been storing down there for the past 2 years.

Some things went into the recycle bin, some into the garbage, and some items will be listed for sale.

magic bullet blenderFor example I have a Magic Bullet Blender that has never been opened because I bought it online at a 2 for 1 deal.

I have 2 brand new Chafing Dishes that we bought with the intention of using them for Christmas dinner but we never did.

We have my stereo receiver and centre speaker that are in perfect condition but we do not need two stereos.

And I have my oak dining table and chairs to sell because we are using my husband’s set.

We are going to continue our de-clutter project by listing these items for sale online.

We plan to have a garage sale in the spring but I’d rather sell some of these things now, as many times people that shop at garage sales are usually looking to spend as little money as possible.

In the meantime the basement looks so much better now that we have de-cluttered it.

It is a walk-out basement with large windows and lots of light. The windows each had rather odd looking blinds on them, so we tore those down last night as well.

We found “mistinted” paint at the hardware store and bought the gallon of paint for only $9.00. The regular cost is $45.00 a gallon.

This week we will paint the room in the basement and move our office down there.

I’m sure our de-cluttering project will continue over the next 5 months or so and I am looking forward to making more money as we sell everything.

Why is it that we leave our parent’s home with little to nothing to our name, we get our own place and over the years we fill it with stuff, only to want to get rid of the stuff years later?



    • WealthNerd

      WealthNerd 02/20/2012 11:06 p.m. #

      Great post! I have some de-cluttering of my own to do, it's just hard to find the time sometimes!

      I've found Craigslist to be one my most valuable resources for such occasions, particularly with high-dollar items. That aside, online forums are great for niche items (ex: high-fidelity audio equipment, electronics of different varieties, etc...). I try to avoid Ebay at all possible, as the fees tend to add up (particularly for expensive items) and eat into "profit" (or what you're recouping anyway).

    • Tackling Our Debt

      Tackling Our Debt 02/21/2012 8:41 p.m. #

      Yes I agree it can be difficult to find the time. I'm glad you've had success with Craiglist and I agree with how expensive eBay can be. Have you tried selling things on Amazon? I was thinking of trying that.

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