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How To Declutter And Make Money

If you are doing some purging or are on a KonMarie kick, why not think about making some money with your decluttering?

Lots of your stuff is probably in great condition and would be well-loved by someone else in need. You just need to know where to find the right person!

Make money from spring cleaning this year and cash in on your clutter with the tips below

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How to declutter and make money

First you need to go room by room and empty closets and draws.

Go through everything and sort all your items into different piles – keep, toss, sell or donate. Once you have gone through everything, gather together the “sell” pile and go through it again using the checklist below.

Getting Your Stuff Ready To Sell

Once you are done sorting all your stuff out, you need to get it ready to sell.

  1. Sort through everything and check for missing buttons, broken zippers and stains. Make sure electronics work. 
  2. Start photographing everything that you plan to put online.
  3. For online items, sort by size or style so you can sell in lots as needed
  4. Bag up consignment store items and things for your yard sale. 

Where to sell your old stuff for cash

Now you need to work out where you will get the biggest bang for your buck for each item. The best place to make money from your decluttering will depend on what you are trying to sell.

Consignment & Pawn Stores

Consignment stores vary from chains like Once Upon A Child and Plato’s Closet to high-end boutique stores that specialize in gowns and evening wear.

Best For

  • Clothing
  • Jewelry
  • Electronics


  • This is the easiest option as it requires no effort other than dropping the stuff off at the store.
  • The store does the marketing for you and brings in the customers
  • Higher-end items sell well


  • The consignment store takes a cut of whatever you sell your time for so you will not get max dollars.
  • Stores reject many items if they are not on-trend or in season
  • Payment may not be immediate. Some consignment stores will pay you right away while others will only pay you if your item sells.


Everyone has heard of eBay, the online marketplace that has been going on for years. If you have sports items, clothing or electronics, eBay can be a great place to sell your stuff.

Best For

  • Sports Memorabilia
  • Electronics
  • Clothing
  • Antiques


  • Get top dollar for your belongings, eBay is a great way to make a lot of money from your stuff
  • Reach a wider, global audience for your stuff


  • It’s a bit of a hassle to list your items, photograph them and then ship them out.
  • eBay charges you a list fee for every item you sell.

Facebook BST Groups

Mom2Mom and neighbourhood online groups are a great place to sell your stuff quickly and without extra fees.

Best For

  • Clothing
  • Toys
  • Furniture that you can’t ship


  • Free to use
  • Items normally sell quickly so great if you need case in a hurry


  • Can be a hassle going back and forth with buyers for a few dollars
  • Need to be home for the pick up or arrange a meeting place
  • No show buyers can be common

Yard Sales

Yard sales can be a lot of fun but also a lot of work. They are good for getting rid of everything you couldn’t sell on eBay, consignment stores or online groups.

Best For:

  • Furniture
  • Home Decor
  • Toys and games
  • Small appliances


  • Free to run and can make for a fun morning
  • Good for selling smaller items that wouldn’t sell online
  • No shipping necessary so good for furniture


  • Most buyers haggle so expect to give things away for low prices
  • Can be a hassle to set up early and you will likely have stuff leftover at the end

What if you have stuff that is cluttering up your house but you are not quite ready to part with yet? One way to declutter and make money with things you actually want to keep is to make money renting your stuff out online.

Yes, it’s an actual thing that is rapidly gaining fans in this peer-sharing society.



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